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To Have and Have Not

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To Have and Have Not is 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.In t ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 265 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Large Print Press (first published 1937)
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Will Byrnes
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Fiona MacDonald
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.
ژیار Jiyar
!همینگوی و تهرون

هفت-هشت ماه پیش میخواستم برم تهرون. کردستان ایران که بودم توی شهر مریوان، این کتاب رو گیر آوردم تا توی راه سیزده-چهارده ساعته تهرون بخونمش.. چرا همینگوی رو انتخاب کردم؟ نمیدونم.
خلاصه تقریبا نصفشو خونم ولی نزدیک همدان حوصلهام سر رفت و کنارش گذاشتم. چند روز پیش بازم از نو شروع کردم و خوندمش. بنظرم خوب بود ولی خیلی خیلی نه! میگفتن همینگوی عالیه و بخاطر همین توقع بالاتری ازش داشتم. با این حال، کی میدونه شاید اون کتاب دیگرش پاریس جشن بیکران بهتر از این یکی باشه و بیشتر به دل بچپسه..
Ted Hovey
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hemingway is still my favorite writer. I've enjoyed all of his books, and I've learned from his style - minimal use of adverbs - maximum use of one-syllable words - clarity of expression - all of that and more. So why did I rate this book down, as 4 stars instead of 5? I had a hard time cheering for Harry, a criminal and a killer. I understand that Hemingway wrote in the "modernist" mode. That is to say, there are no happy endings in Hemingway's books. That is true in this book, for sure. Still, ...more
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie Christine
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
Earl Gray
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Emily Luba
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 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
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Realy high literally style.
With alot of decent descriptions.
But the reader would be missed to infer whats the main lesson because the author had tried not to judge and say his own ideas in this book.The main thing that I have learned from this book was that love can cause everything.Sometimes people who loves sb does anything to make (in this book the t main character`s wife)satisfied.That caused his death.And how his wife could survive living without him...
کتابی پر از توصیفات ساده و پربار از اص
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
Ο πρώτος Χέμινγουεϊ που διαβάζω και είμαι αρκετά ευχαριστημένος με δεδομένο ότι αυτό είναι το πιο «αδύναμο» έργο του, καθώς λέγεται. Είμαστε στα 1934. Κεντρικός ήρωας είναι ο Χάρι Μόργκαν, ένας ψαράς, ιδιοκτήτης καϊκιού, που διαμένει στη Φλόριντα και νοικιάζει το καΐκι του σε τουρίστες που θέλουν να ψαρέψουν. Οι δουλειές πλέον δεν είναι πολλές εξαιτίας της Μεγάλης Ύφεσης και τα χρήματα βγαίνουν δύσκολα με τις νόμιμες εργασίες (πολλές φορές ΚΑΙ με τις παράνομες καθώς η ποτοαπαγόρευση έχει αρθεί κ ...more
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Published in 1937, this book contains three stand alone, but interconnected stories, all revolving around the same character - Harry Morgan. The first two stories are very short, and were originally published in magazines, the third is novella length.

The stories are very nautical - those with an interest in boats will take more from the detailed boat descriptions than others. The writing style varies from story to story, as does the narration which doesn't remain consistent throughout - sometime
Carol Storm
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
Apr 27, 2011 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
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
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
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, school
I wouldn't call this the worst Hemingway book ever written, but out of the ones I've read I wasn't a fan. I had bought this book in college for a Hemingway course I took, but we never got around reading it. Six years later, I finally remembered I had this book and decided to read it. Besides the main character using the "n" word a little too much for my case, I didn't like the set up for this book. It got a little confusing for Hemingway's short and to the point style. With that said, it wasn't ...more
Onur Umut
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
İki sene önce bulunduğum bir cenazede bütün günü birlikte geçirdiğim modern zamanların cenaze levazımatçısı Hasan Bey’ geldi aklıma bu kitabı okurken. Hemingway benim kalem. Sanki onu benden başka bilen yok bu koca dünyada. Hasan Bey daha doğrusu Hasan abi. Bazı adamlar sadece abidir. Abi olarak dünya gelmişlerdir sanki. Vakar, centilmen, ama uzaktan bakıldığında pek bir şey ifade etmeyen bir görüntüsü vardı Hasan abi’nin. Sıradan.Eve gidip portakal yiyip yatan biri. Yaptığı işe bütün gün tanık ...more
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
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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