by Ernest Hemingway
"Honest and hard-working fishing boat captain Harry Morgan is forced to begin smuggling liquor between Cuba and Key West, a necessary action if he is to feed his wife and daughters. Unfortunately, his involvement in smuggling ends disastrously and Harry loses more than he ever bargained for. Despite the blows that life hands him, he perseveres, a true testament to the human spirit." (From the CD packaging)
Hemingway is a macho writer. Violence in the form of bar-fights, murders and a little wife-smacking, liberal use of terms like "nigger" and "chink", and other he-man words and deeds all band together in To Have and Have Not. If this kind of thing bothers you, you might want to pass. According to Wikipedia, Hemingway himself was not fond of this book.
This is only my second Hemingway novel, and I was not sure what to make of it at first. The sections seemed oddly disconnected. Then I found out the book is composed of a couple of short stories and a novella written at different times. That explained that! However, according to 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, this novel is "[a]rguably his most socially committed novel", depicting social inequalities of the times as Hemingway saw them. The juxtaposition of the super rich and the exceedingly poor is almost disorienting. I can't say I loved it. I'm not even sure if I liked it or not, but it did make an impression on me. What sort of impression, good or bad, remains to be seen as my subconscious works on it for a while.
NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)
Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!