To Have and Have Not

Hemingway, Ernest

Book - 1937
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
To Have and Have Not
The dramatic, brutal story of Harry Morgan, an honest boat owner who is forced into running contraband between Cuba and Key West as a means of keeping his crumbling family financially afloat. His adventures lead him into the world of the wealthy and dissipated yachtsmen who swarm the region, and involve him in a strange and unlikely love affair.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 1937
Characteristics: 262 p.,21 cm


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Jul 11, 2014
  • Maroon_Zebu_2 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Overall, a good novel, although it goes without saying that compiling two short stories and a novelette with several different points of view makes for a discontinuous book. Nevertheless, I appreciate Hemingway's journalistic prose, capturing all of the danger and real-world anxiety one such as Harry Morgan would face in trying to support his family in such a hopeless way. Additionally, despite typecasting many characters, Hemingway beautifully paints a picture of the protagonist himself, and allows for the reader to truly comprehend the gravity of his situation and his feelings regarding it. It is also of note that Hemingway chose to address real social and political issues during the time, which is admirable (although it seems he did not necessarily commit fully to any particular doctrines). Overall a bit uneventful and boring, but the points at which Hemingway wants to really get his point across are extremely moving.

Jul 25, 2013
  • banjodog rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I'm not a Hemmingway fan, but I did get into this book. I found myself caring about what happened to Harry Morgan.

Apr 10, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The rare case where the film is much better than the book.

Oct 12, 2012

Wonderful, exciting story beautifully written. Harry's love for his family, his honesty, his instant appraisal of the harsh world he inhabits - the reader goes away wishing to have had more of Harry Morgan's life, his story before this one. Excellent writing.

Mar 21, 2012
  • goganbunch rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Not one of his best. From what I remember hearing is that it took him several attempts to complete. The context of the book is sloppy. He goes in and out of 1st person to 3rd person. While I applaud him on his creativity, it turns out too choppy. The rasict stuff was too much as well. I understand times were different back then but jeeesh!


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