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The first time we meet Harry Morgan, he is sitting in a Havana bar watching a gun battle raging out in the street. After seeing a Cuban get his head blown off with a Luger, Morgan reacts with typical Hemingway understatement: "I took a quick one out of the first bottle I saw open and I couldn't tell you yet what it was. The whole thing made me feel pretty bad." Still feeling bad, Harry heads out in his boat on a charter fishing expedition for which he is later stiffed by the client. With not even enough money to fill his gas tanks, he is forced to agree to smuggle some illegal Chinese for the mysterious Mr. Sing. From there it's just a small step to carrying liquor--a disastrous run that ends when Harry loses an arm and his boat. Once Harry gets mixed up in the brewing Cuban revolution, however, even those losses seem small compared to what's at stake now: his very life.
Hemingway tells most of this story in the third person, but, significantly, he brackets the whole with a section at the beginning told from Harry's perspective and a short, heart-wrenching chapter at the end narrated by his wife, Marie. In between there is adventure, danger, betrayal, and death, but this novel begins and ends with the tough and tender portrait of a man who plays the cards that are dealt him with courage and dignity, long after hope is gone. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The latter half of the novella has very little to do with the first half or the other two short sections.
This book features Harry Morgan, one of the "conches" in Key West, who ekes out a living operating a fishing boat out of Key West and Cuba in 1937.
It's gritty, realistic, and the characters are consistent in their characterizations and actions throughout.
One of Hemingway 's easiest books to get into, dramatic action commences the book, follows throughout [the book], and teaches a meaningful lesson about life in its end, I'd... Read morePublished 1 month ago by big time
Compelling story by a master , beautiful writing . A must for Hemingway fans. Set in the days of Key West to Cuba boat runs. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Sawyer
Unlike many Hemingway novels this one has a storyline. Toward the end there is a speculative section concerning possible suicide scenarios. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John L.
In TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, which published in 1937, Hem seems to be seeking his spot in the economic controversies of the 1930s. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ethan Cooper
very interesting and enjoyable to read at nights and a good story go the american society as compared to the european states as I know themPublished 3 months ago by Finn Rasch-Halvorsen
One day when Howard Hawks and Hemingway were on a fishing trip, Hawks said that To Have And Have Not was a piece of junk, but still thought he could turn it into a good film. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eugene
I did not finish the book because it was so cruel and graphic. I think there are better books out there to spend my time reading. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Novel reader
This book is poorly written and poorly planned. It doesn't hold together as a novel and the different narrative angles are done a bit clumsily, like someone beginning to write. Read morePublished 3 months ago by E. West