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To Have and Have Not

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To Have and Have Not is the dramatic story of Harry Morgan, an honest man 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 throng the region, and involve him in a strange and unlikely love affair.
Harshly realistic,
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published July 6th 1999 by Scribner Book Company (NY) (first published 1937)
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Will Byrnes
Dec 22, 2012 Will Byrnes rated it liked it
This is not at all the Nazi romp of Bogie and Bacall fame. There might be some external similarities, but they seem fleeting. If you put your lips together to whistle here, the likelihood would be that it would be to warn someone that the police were coming. Life can be tough in The Conch Republic.

Harry Morgan is a hard man in a hard time. He owns and operates his own fishing boat, out of Key West, catering to those who Have and want an ocean-going adventure. When Harry is stiffed out of almost
J.L.   Sutton
Nov 27, 2016 J.L. Sutton rated it really liked it
Well before the midway point, Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not turns into a different sort of book. At least, that’s the way it felt to me. It begins as the very straightforward story of an out of luck ship captain who turns to crime in order to support his family. Nothing is that simple in Hemingway. While connecting to the current political and economic climate (which included an incipient revolution in Cuba), Hemingway transforms this personal tragedy into something infinitely more com ...more
Jul 29, 2013 Algernon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013

"a man ... ain't got no ... hasn't got any ... can't really ... isn't any way out. No matter how ... a man alone ... ain't got no bloody chance."
Harry Morgan

A novel of the Depression Era, To Have and Have Not follows the struggle of Harry Morgan to make ends meet, to live a decent life. He is a boat owner sailing the waters between Cuba and Key West, renting out to rich tourists lookinh for the thrill of big fish chasing. The novel opens with a spectacular gunfight in front of a bar in Hava
Jan 05, 2009 Malcolm rated it did not like it

It starts very strongly -- good character development, definite Hemingway commentary tone -- lots of Hemingway Southern Hemisphere fun in Cuba.

But midway -- he just sort of wanders off and starts pointing his Hemingway at anything that moves. He introduces secondary and tertiary characters with incredible detail, but with no discernible purpose.

It's not one of his better books, and ends leaving you wondering how much better it would have been if the writing from about the second third on was
Jan 14, 2017 Fiona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
I feel slightly less guilty knowing that Hemingway himself thought this was the worst book he had ever written, but even so, I must be missing something major because I found the prose dull, stilted, unemotional and simply boring. I couldn't connect with any of the characters and that was a big problem. A couple of pages were of interest, but overall I was desperate to finish and celebrating when I did.
Mar 25, 2008 Brad rated it it was amazing
If you've never read Hemingway, this isn't the book for you. If you don't like experimentation, this isn't the book for you. If you're turned off by violence, this isn't the book for you. If you're an opponent of socialism, this isn't the book for you. If you want happy endings, this isn't the book for you.

If, however, you have dabbled in Hemingway and you want a challenge, this is the book for you. If you dig experimental literature, then this is the book for you. If you can stomach violence or
This book is widely considered one of Hemingways worst, and there's even a tale floating around that he told director Howard Hawks that he thought it was a pile of shit. It's not, though. It's neither his worst nor a pile of shit. Nor is it his best. But there is much to admire in To Have and Have Not, and those things are amplified by Will Patton's award worthy vocal performance in the audio version.

Patton's quiet, simmering rhythm, and his hushed tones -- even in the most violent moments -- b
Mar 09, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I'm all over the map on how to rate this one. It's better than 3 stars, but probably not worth 4 (but I'll round up). I was surprised to find that this was Hemingway's first "novel" in eight years. Is it a novel? On one hand, you could probably view this as a collection of short stories and a novella, with the connective thread being that Middled Aged Man of the Sea: Harry Morgan. But there are connective threads here (the Depression being the main one) where the reader can discern a beginning t ...more
Dec 26, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Florida Keys. 1937. Harry Morgan, husband to a former prostitute, disappointed father, erstwhile deep sea fishing guide. Broke. Desperate. Surrounded by wasted, depressed, angry, hopeless characters. Welcome to Hemingway.

How can a protagonist who refers to blacks as "niggers", who writes his own moral code with little regard for law or ethics, who regrets his daughters, and who has a dismal outlook on life even on his best days get under your skin? How can a writer, whose phrases are bleak, who
Dina Nabil

(مهما يكن من امر فالرجل الوحيد ليست لديه اي فرصه لعينة)
هي الرواية الثانية ل هيمنجواي و التي تم تنقيحها اثناء اشتراكه في الحرب الاهلية بأسبانيا ، رواية عن الكساد العظيم كتبت في ذروة نشاط اليسار السياسي بقلم هيمنجواي ... رواية نتوقع منها الكثير

نتوقع منها روح ثورية ، ايجابية ، حالمة ، تحمل بذور الامل لكننا نتفاجئ -مفاجأة سارة ان شئت- ان العمل لا يحمل ابدا بذور التفاؤل البسيط الساذج هذا ، بل جرعات مركزة متتالية من اليأس و الفشل و الرضوخ ... و شخصيات هيمنجواي تقاسي دون ان تشكو
Earl Gray
Sep 04, 2012 Earl Gray rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This was my third time reading it. The first was in 1999, borrowed from the local library when I read/re-read a lot of his books for his 100th birthday. The second was when I bought a copy with a Border's gift certificate that my wife had given me in 2007. This time was when I brought it with me to read during a trip to Key West for my birthday because he wrote it there and it takes place there.

The highlight of reading it this time was reading it in our Key West hotel room on the Sunday that Is
Emily Luba
Nov 30, 2011 Emily Luba rated it it was ok
Oh I really wanted to love this book! I'm very aware that Hemingway is a literary genius and writes fabulous novels, but this book had me scratching my head. Basically I could summarize it in one sentence "A man drives his boat between Florida and Cuba and runs into violent and illegal happenings." And that. Is. It. I was really looking forward to reading Hemingway, as I never have before, and he is my Dad's favourite author but I just didn't get it the point of this novel. I'm not sure if there ...more
Miss Ravi
May 15, 2015 Miss Ravi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
خیلی غمانگیزه اثری از نویسندهای که دوستش داری، برات جذاب نباشه؛
خوب نبودن کتاب رو میتونم به دلایل زیادی نسبت بدم که به فرم رمان و شیوهی نگارش اون برمیگرده و نه درونمایهش. چون فکر میکنم هر مضمونی رو میشه به بهترین شکل نوشت اون هم برای کسی مثل همینگوی. حتا فکر کردم شاید این اثر از کارهای اولیهش باشه که ویکیپدیا حرفم رو رد کرد.
به نظر من بخش دوم بهترین بخش کتاب بود که میتونست یه داستان کوتاه عالی باشه امابخش آخر چار افول شد و ورود شخصیتهای تازه بی اون که تاثیری روی داستان اصلی بگذارند ذهن خواننده رو
Mohammed Orabi
من الروايات القليلة التي لم تترك لدى اى انطباع عقب الانتهاء منها ، حيث أن كما جاء في النبذة التعريفية عن الرواية انها تناقش مرحلة الكساد فى فترة الثلاثينات فى مدينة كي وست وما صاحبها من فقر وانحلال نتيجة تردي الاحوال الاقتصادية ولكن اعتقد ان الكاتب لم يستطيع ان يصور تلك الاشياء بشكل جيد وكامل ، فربما حالة واحدة لربان سفينة وأسرته لا تكفى لذلك وكان من الممكن ان يسلط الضوء على حياة المزيد من الاسر حتى تخرج الصورة بشكل أفضل .. بالاضافة ان الشخصيات المتعددة والتى كانت موجودة بصورة مبعثرة زادت من تشت ...more
Mar 04, 2011 Zeek rated it it was ok
Considered Hemmingway’s worst- To Have and Have Not is almost shocking to read with modern eyes. Either he was a racist pig- likely; or he was documenting the sad state of racial affairs in the 1930’s when this was written- unlikely- but true, however inadvertedly. Even if I give him the benefit of the doubt, he probably was showing his ass as well.

The first section of this decidedly short novel is told from Harry Morgan’s POV. I found the first section to be the most engaging, although this is
Apr 23, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was ok
Shelves: classics
The last Hemingway book I read was The Garden of Eden. To Have and Have Not has made me appreciate that last book a bit more. Comparing the books is unfair. Both are extremely different. Eden was unique. This book felt predictable, chaotic, and unrelateable. It almost felt as though it were two rough drafts thrown together. I did not like the turn of the structure near the end. I did not like the dialogue or the characters. I had high hopes after the first chapter. Even though I did not like Har ...more
Apr 27, 2011 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-lit
No matter how a man alone ain't got no bloody fucking chance.

Don't stare at it too long. Hemingway can write a little better than this crude assembly of improper grammar, this frayed string of incomprehensible nonsense. I know this, despite certain times of doubt while reading his works. But in To Have and Have Not, all the contemptible characteristics of Hemingway's style work together seamlessly and, more importantly, with profound effect. I nearly glimpsed the genius which the literary world
Carol Storm
Dec 04, 2015 Carol Storm rated it it was ok
I see why people say this is Hemingway's worst novel. It's not just the revolting racial epithets scattered everywhere like rat turds. It's the unintentionally hilarious dialogue between super-macho Harry and his big blonde, blowzy wife. ("I get excited just looking at you Harry. Do it to me again, that's all I want. That's all I care about!") On the other hand, there are some good gun fights and interesting background on Florida in the Depression. And the opening chapter, where the rich tourist ...more
Feb 02, 2015 Batul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
به طور اتفاقی این کتاب دستم افتاد و خب اولین کتابیه از همینگوی که خوندم. روایتش عجیب بود برام و حتی مورد علاقه م هم نبود ولی خب اینقدر خوب بود که همراهم کنه. توصیفاتش و تغییر زاویه دید و راوی ماجرا همه خیلی جالب بودن. فقط فصل یکی مونده به آخر که آدم های توی قایق ها و زندگیهاشون رو توضیح میداد اصلا برام جالب نبود و یه چندتا صفحه آخر فصل رو رد کردم. اصلا خوب نبود اونجاش، خواننده ذهنش درگیر سرنوشت هری مورگانه و اون وقت باید یه سری موارد غیر مرتبط در مورد آدمهای دیگه بخونه.
ترجمه هم به روز و واضح نب
A man. . . One man alone ain't got. No man alone now. . . No matter how a man alone ain't got no bloody fucking chance.

This is the summation of what Harry Morgan, the titular "Have Not" of the title, has learned in his lifetime.

Essentially, two short stories and one novella concerning Harry Morgan: a hard drinking, hard loving, fishing boat captain forced by dire circumstances into running contraband (mostly alcohol and mercenaries) between Key West, FL and Cuba. He is a bruiser of a man: big, b
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
I can see Papa walking the cat walk leading to his his studio. By 1937 he was growing tired of Pauline. Their marriage was on the rocks and Hemingway resented her money. He did question the rich and their attitudes somewhat, but his feelings about the rich was really about Pauline. He enjoyed his money. He thought To Have and Have Not was shit and really didn't care how Hollywood treated this small book. And Hollywood did treat the book differently. The Becall and Bogart movie was nothing like t ...more
Aug 13, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Although I have been unable to confirm my interpretation of this book, the jangle of points of view, including stream of consciousness - which I do not remember Hemingway using - and a writing style quite unlike the declarative sentences and concrete words he is known for, made me think Hemingway wrote this book as a satire of other writers' styles, namely Faulkner and Steinbeck.
The first fifty pages is the most tightly constructed opening one could hope for ... Hemingway stated this novel began
Nov 24, 2014 Laela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this for my English class and I seriously love it. I think that's why I loved it so much. Having discussions about it and reading into everything that's in this book made me appreciate it. The best was when my class would have a moment of realization of what was actually going on in the book and certain element that were happening because you can really read into it. My class helped me really appreciate and love this book although I can understand why some people don't (especially since I ...more
Mahdie Bjr
"با اين زندگي داشتن و نداشتن فرقي نميكند"
Ahmad Sharabiani
615. To Have And Have Not, Ernest Hemingway
داشتن و نداشتن - ارنست همینگوی (امیرکبیر، ...) ادبیات
Feb 20, 2016 Daniel rated it liked it
Avanturistički roman o Henriju Morganu, ribolovcu i čoveku koji se bavi raznim poslovima u nastojanju da se domogne novca, ne bi li jednostavno prehranio sebe i svoju porodicu.

Radnja romana prostorno je smeštena između Ki Uesta i Kube, vremenski negde izmedju 1940-45 godine. Priča prati jednog sasvim običnog čoveka, koji uhvaćen između "imati" i "nemati" pokušava da nađe sredinu i spasi što se može spasti. Pored priče glavnog junaka, Hemingvej daje i dve sporedne priče, jednu o Ričardu Gordonsu
Apr 04, 2014 Martha rated it liked it
well at first i thought that i would not concern about main character but i was in wrong way. at the end my tears was in my face i could not stopped them; for Harry for poor old harry.
خب داستانی بود که کلا با توجه به اینکه فیلم های زیادی رو با اقتباس از اون ساختند(ناخدا خورشید- داشتن و نداشتن هاوارد فاکس)قابل حدس و پیش بینی بود برام اما خب باز نگران هری بودم با این حال به خودم می گفتم معلومه هری میمیره که چی این داستان کوفتی چه چیز تازه ای داره بگه .... اما خب تا پایان داستان نگران مری سرنوشتش و
Ligeiramente decepcionante. Fico com a sensação de que Hemingway não sabia exactamente que rumo dar ao livro e que terá, por isso, optado por incluir trechos de histórias paralelas, que pouco se relacionam e acrescentam à principal. Chegam a ser mais interessantes as divagações aleatórias das últimas páginas acerca de pessoas desconhecidas do que os azares de Harry Morgan, que tanto parecia ter para dar ao enredo inicialmente. Melhor seria se as tivesse dividido em pequenos contos, como em As Ne ...more
Kevin Xu
The question and the premise of the book is how far what a person go to survive and fed his or her family? Even if that mean breaking laws? Those are the moral decision taht the main character of the novel, Harry has ask himself. He does it in order to fed his family by getting illegal things from Cuba to Flordia, even though sometimes he does not succeed. Hemingway taps into the mind and heart of a person who what do this, and tries to explain to the reader the result.
Jul 17, 2015 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Συναρπαστικό, καθηλωτικό βιβλίο για την φτώχεια και την έλλειψη κοινωνικής δικαιοσύνης.
Σίγουρα θα το ξαναδιαβάσω, αξίζει.
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Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collec ...more
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