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To Have and Have Not

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

One of my favorite by Hemingway

In To Have and Have Not there is an apparent growth in the Hemingway hero. The rugged masculinity is still there, perhaps even more so, but Hemingway confronts and looks deeply into it. This book is a study of love and life, of what it is to be a man. It is an extrem...
In To Have and Have Not there is an apparent growth in the Hemingway hero. The rugged masculinity is still there, perhaps even more so, but Hemingway confronts and looks deeply into it. This book is a study of love and life, of what it is to be a man. It is an extremely quick read because the adventure never stops and it is filled with memorable characters you only want to know more about. Hemingway is the master of creating within his reader an emotional bond to a character without the reader even noticing. It is only when one finishes a Hemingway novel that they realize just how emotionaly involved he was. Harry Morgan is a fantastic character, just trying to make it and provide for the woman he loves. Is that not the ultimate definition of what a man is? Doing everything he can to make the woman he loves happy. In the past Hemingway's characters had all of the masculinity but only hints of Harry's maturity. This is a great novel that any Hemingway fan will cherish and that any fan or reading or of life will thoroughly enjoy.

posted by Anonymous on July 23, 2004

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Ho Hum

The reading of the novel is a bit difficult, since the english language has evolved. I didn't find any revelations in it, but maybe back then this book might have been a bigger deal. There gives some good food for thought though, about how misery is relative.

posted by ML1371 on June 20, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Great Writer- ok book

    After years of being an avid reader, it occurred to me that I had never read Hemingway. So I set out to remedy that as quickly as possible. While I could have selected one of his masterpieces that we've all heard about all out lives, I selected this book based on its description. I was taken immediately by Hemingway's style of writing. He can say a lot in a short sentence. However, I found the story to be just average. There is some good drama, and the plot starts you off on an exciting adventure. But in the end, it's a bit of a let down. It did not discourage me from reading others books by this legendary author, but it is the only book I probably wouldn't recommend to a friend.

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  • Posted June 20, 2010

    Ho Hum

    The reading of the novel is a bit difficult, since the english language has evolved. I didn't find any revelations in it, but maybe back then this book might have been a bigger deal. There gives some good food for thought though, about how misery is relative.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 13, 2014

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    Im not even in this clan and I'll do do what want. It passes down through the family.

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