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To Have and Have Not
To Have and Have Not
To Have and Have Not
Audiobook5 hours

To Have and Have Not

Written by Ernest Hemingway

Narrated by Will Patton

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Hemingway's classic novel about contraband, intrigue, and love

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, yet with one of the most subtle and moving relationships in the Hemingway oeuvre, To Have and Have Not is literary high adventure at its finest.
LanguageEnglish
Release dateAug 1, 2006
ISBN9780743565165
Author

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was one of the twentieth century's most important novelists, as well as a brilliant short story writer and foreign correspondent. His body of work includes the novels A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Sun Also Rises. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his novella The Old Man and the Sea, and in 1954 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    2/5
    Beperkte samenhang: losse verhalen, op zich uitstekend, met Harry als bindmiddel. Diverse boodschappen: strijd van man tegen onrecht, de sociale ellende en contrast met de rijken; hardheid van het bestaan. bewust technische vormexperimenten met soms mooie effecten, maar geen geheel
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    Really great...
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    2/5
    Beperkte samenhang: losse verhalen, op zich uitstekend, met Harry als bindmiddel. Diverse boodschappen: strijd van man tegen onrecht, de sociale ellende en contrast met de rijken; hardheid van het bestaan. bewust technische vormexperimenten met soms mooie effecten, maar geen geheel
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    2/5
    I technically finished this yesterday (9.23) (because I only had about 4 pages to go when I got to to work) ironically at work; where when I didn't get the promotion I was told I read too much on my breaks and I should be spending that time socializing with my co-workers.

    But anyway.... the book..... is just not good. It screams amateurish and first-time writing. Its not that its Hemingway's style that is bad; its just the execution of it in this book. The various chapters that are POV and then are omniscient, the going back and forth, the things like Harry losing his arm basically happening off-screen, the bad way that he tried to show the intersecting lives of the rich and the poor.... it all just comes off as .... so bad.....

    Its funny, I have a hate/love relationship with Hemingway. Sometimes I find him deep and insightful and love his prose, and then others it just comes off as poor and amateur hour. I also mostly feel like the characters are him; so their actions and dialogue is his actions and dialogue, like surrogate characters, rather than their own entities. So things like racial language (the n-word and the Asian c-word) in the book more comes off as thats how E. Hemingway talks rather than thats how Character X talks. Especially how it transcends just this book and its in multiple works of his (books / short stories). Ultimately just none of the characters felt great in this either, Harry comes off as flat. We're told how amazing he is by his wife, we're told how handsome he is by an ugly woman at a bar, etc. The back blurb also doesn't do this book much justice (which luckily I only read after being 2/3rds of the way through the novel). The back blurb mentions an "amazing love" (I'm assuming Harry and his wife's, which is piss poor blurb-writing if I ever saw it), and it says he's caught up in a love affair (he barely sees two of the characters, one time at a bar, who THEY have the affair - not him). That back book blurb has about as much to do with the