Harry Morgan is a hard man in a hard time. Harry is far from alone in feeling the impact of the Depression. The illegals Harry transports are as desperate as working class illegals often are. Harry, echoing Hemingway, offers a bit of support for their desires, their ideals, but faced with the reality of their actions, he sees beneath the plating to something a bit less glittery. Contributing to this is that, while the travails of Harry Morgan occupy most of the novel, he vanishes for a considerable swath towards the end, and our focus turns to several have characters, only a few of whom we have met before. Hemingway offers us a look at the sorts of desperation these haves experience. Usually I dont think about it." Harry had risked his life to provide for his family, but the haves seem at a loss when faced with a loss of workless income. the money on which it was not worth while for him to live was one hundred and seventy dollars more a month than the fisherman Albert Tracy had been supporting his family on One particular wanderer in here is Richard Gordon, a character clearly intended as a Hemingway stand-in, a writer of renown in a troubled marriage, something Ernest knew a little something about. Harry is screwed by the world so does what he has to do, which includes considerable physical risk. Things do not work out all that great for Harry. It might illuminate themes and other specifics in Hemingway's later works, while providing a dark look at a dark time.
Well before the midway point, Ernest Hemingways To Have and Have Not turns into a different sort of book.
But midway -- he just sort of wanders off and starts pointing his Hemingway at anything that moves. 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 more substantially interconnected.
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. Harry is one of the 'have nots' and, after one of the 'haves' pulls a fast one on him and disappears without paying for renting the boat, he is forced to accept shady jobs on the wrong side of the law. For the good parts, I really liked the time spent on the sea and the way the relationship of Harry with his wife is described. Most of the problems I had with the story come in the second half of the novel, where the author loses the focus and starts to write about a lot of secondary characters loafing around Key West and having little to no connections with Harry's story.
If you want happy endings, this isn't the book for you. If you hate happy endings, this book is for you.
That is to say, there are no happy endings in Hemingway's books.
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. Can you feel the way Hemingway loves Marie? Hemingway loves Marie the way he loves Pilar in For Whom The Bell Tolls, and it is beautiful -- especially the way its read by Will Patton.
He published seven novels, six short story collections and two non-fiction works. Three novels, four collections of short stories and three non-fiction works were published posthumously. After his 1927 divorce from Hadley Richardson, Hemingway married Pauline Pfeiffer.