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 this harshly realistic, yet oddly tender and wise novel, Hemingway perceptively delineates the personal struggles of both the "haves" and the "have nots" and creates one of the most subtle and moving portraits of a love affair in his oeuvre. In turn funny and tragic, lively and poetic, remarkable in its emotional impact, To Have and Have Not takes literary high adventure to a new level. As the Times Literary Supplement observed, "Hemingway's gift for dialogue, for effective understatement, and for communicating such emotions the tough allow themselves, has never been more conspicuous."
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Incredible tale of love, emotion, and how money can control them
You here all these words of Hemingway being a genius, so I read this, started slow the middle sucked and the end was blank and disappointing. A lousy book. I'll never be contributing to his estate again.
Hard to follow, but ok story
Read this for Summer Reading. Kinda hard to follow along because the point of view is constantly changing. Make sure u pay really close attention in the beginning. If not you'll be lost the rest of the book