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To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
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May 14, 2011

it was ok
Read in May, 2011

Definitely not one his better ones. My cultural reference point to this was the Howard Hawks Bougart/Bacall movie - memorable largely for the "put your lips together and blow" line and the fact that Faulker co-wrote the screenplay. Anyway the movie has a completely different story give or take a rummie who get slapped around alot. This is about Harry Morgan (yes - I think Jeff Lindsay did steal/homage the name), a boat owner in the Florida Keys suffering hard times, who has to get involved in various shady dealings and trips to Cuba to get by. It's Hemingway, so there won’t be a happy ending. The novella starts out well enough as an interesting little thriller - but then about half way through Mr H goes completely off the rails. He starts trying to tell the story from different narrators so it becomes a sort of experimental play of voices - only some of the voices really aren't that connected with the main plot and it just ends up as a big old mess. On the plus side I did discover this rather amusing blogg:


So not a complete waste of time then...
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