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Title

Santiago, Scheherazade, and Somebody: Storytelling from Hemingway to Barth

Author

Steven Scott

Document Type

Article

Citation

Scott, Steven. “Santiago, Scheherazade, and Somebody: Storytelling from Hemingway to Barth.” Mattoid 55 (2006): 74-88.

Annotation

Reads The Old Man and the Sea as a modernist experiment bridging the gap between modernism and postmodernism. Suggests Scheherazade’s fifth tale of Sinbad from The Thousand Nights and One Night as source for the novel, noting numerous similarities including the title. Closes with a discussion of John Barth’s use of the travels of Sinbad in his novel The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor (1991) but argues that while the general reader need not be aware of the source when reading The Old Man and the Sea, knowledge of the voyages of Sinbad is essential when reading Barth’s version because he retells and interprets the original tale.

Published in

Mattoid

Volume

55

Date

2006

Pages

74-88

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