Thursday, May 31

Book Review: To Have and Have Not

Title: To Have and Have Not

Author: Ernest Hemingway

Pages: 262

Summary: To Have and Have not is the dramatic story of Harry Morgan, a honest man who is forced into running a contraband between Cuba and Key West as a means of keeping his crumbling family and dissipated yachtsmen who throng the region, and involve 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 a literary high adventure at its finest.

My Rating: 5.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I have to say I'm somewhat indifferent to this book. I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it either. Compared to his other books, this one seemed to not have the same spice to it with his characters or story. I didn't like the characters, and I found the story stood still for most of the book. Even in the climax it didn't seem to go anywhere.

The plot was a good idea, but I was expecting something more, a little more in-depth story and characterization perhaps. But that seemed to be absent from the book for me. I do like how the author writes, usually I'm not a fan of this writing style, as I generally prefer more flowing and l as I generally prefer more flowing and lyrical writing styles. But Hemingway manages to keep you wanting to read more, even if the story doesn't interest you. It's not fantastic writing, but he does do a good job at telling a story without going on for pages. He does get the whole story out there. And these characters did have multiple layer to them, but I didn't connect to them. This particular book wasn't the one for me
Would I recommend it to read: It's not my favourite of his works, I think some of his other books are far better. It's a must read for a fan of his work, but I'd recommend his other books over this one.

What to read next: I'd have to say more Hemingway.

1 comment:

  1. I've always had trouble getting into Hemingway; that's why I haven't read much of his. His style's a bit deadpan for me.