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am 8. Juli 2012
Ich finde den Schreibstil Hemingways ja sehr gewöhnungsbedürftig: Mein Englisch ist sicherlich nicht perfekt, aber die Texte sind extrem einfach geschrieben u. durch kurze Sätze so gut wie immer direkt zu verstehen. Er beschreibt i.d.R. alltägliche Dinge u. das Leben von armen Leuten. Neben To Have and Have Not habe ich nur noch The Old Man and the Sea gelesen, aber diese Buch war relativ ähnlich (sowohl vom Schreibstil als auch von den Handlungen/Themen/Orten. Aber: Ich denke, mann sollte es mal gelesen haben, wobei mir The Old Man and the Sea deutlich besser gefallen hat.
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am 5. Februar 2018
This is Hemingway’s 3rd novel (1937) and a powerful comment on the effects of the 1930s Depression on the “have nots” of Key West, Florida. The “haves” are the rich tourists who spend their money and pay little attention to the plight of the island’s poor. It is the first time that Hemingway showed an interest in a possible solution of social problems through collective action.

Harry Morgan, is a tough “conch,” as natives of Key West, call themselves, and has devoted his life to the single-minded effort to keep himself and his family on the upper fringes of the “have nots” by chartering his fishing boat or dishonestly by running illegal goods between Key West and Havana, Cuba. Neither of these occupations is successful, sometimes because of Harry’s poor judgment but mostly for reasons beyond his control.

Mr. Johnson, a wealthy tourist, hires Harry for a fishing trip, but it is a disastrous affair with the incompetent and selfishly exploitative Johnson, not only losing expensive fishing gear, but also leaving town without paying the charter fees. Now Harry makes arrangements with a Chinese to carry illegal aliens from Havana to Florida, but again the deal goes kablooey. Harry takes the money, murders the leader and abandons the others. In the 2nd part Harry and his mate are smuggling illegal liquor but the Coast Guard captures them in a gun battle. Harry loses an arm and has his boat confiscated. In a last desperate attempt to obtain money, he aids the escape of four bank robbers, although realizing that unless he kills them, they will kill him.

In the end, Harry tries to come to terms with a philosophy that has taken all this life to learn. He says that “a man alone ain’t got no . . . chance.” There’s some irony in his socialism vs. individualism idea, because Harry spends a great deal of time alone, although it is clear that he and his wife Marie have a good marriage. The novel’s subplot is devoted to contrast between the happy “have nots” and the broken and adulterous relationships of some “haves.”

The novel was adapted for four films. Howard Hawks version (1945) is notable for first pairing of Bogart and Bacall and consistent entertainment value. A slightly humdrum attempt was made by Michael Curtiz in 1950 (The Breaking Point), starring John Garfield and Patricia Neal. The third film version, titled “The Gun Runners (1958), was directed by Don Siegel and stars Audie Murphy and Patricia Owens. In 1987the Iranian director Nasser Taghvai adopted the novel into a nationalized version called Captain Khorshid which took the events from Cuba to the Persian Gulf.
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am 1. September 2007
A word is warning is appropriate before going into the book. Most of the book speaks from the perspective of a person who uses highly prejorative terms about people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. This use of the terms is consistent with the story, and advances the story, but will not be welcomed by some readers. I found this aspect of the book offensive and graded it down one star as a result. If the use of such terms is very offensive to you, I suggest you skip this book. It will cause you pain to confront this prejudice in undiluted form.

This lesser-known novel by Hemingway looks at what the cost of false pride in status is. The book has some of the most eloquent statements of remorse that you will ever read, in the context of a love story about two happily married people.

Be sure to understand that the novel is quite different from the movie. If you liked the movie, you may not like the novel. The book is much more complex and darker emotionally.

Harry Morgan has his own fishing boat, and makes a living taking wealthy people fishing off Florida's Keys until the Depression knocks the skids out from under normal economic times.

The book opens with Morgan in Havana turning down three Cubans who want him to smuggle them into the United States illegally for a very substantial sum. The negotiations are quickly followed by a hail of gunfire, and one of the Cubans is killed. Morgan is warned to keep his mouth shut by the survivors.

Like most small businesspeople, he wants to provide for his family, be respected for his profession, and enjoy what he does. All of this is put at risk when he fails to collect from a wealthy customer who skips out on him. Morgan had avoided dunning Mr. Johnson, his customer, for the money, worried about upsetting the customer. That false pride in pretending that Morgan isn't concerned for the money is expensive. The result is temporary economic ruin. He's left in Havana without even enough money to refuel the boat to go back to the Florida Keys.

Now, he has to scramble to do anything, and quickly takes on a job of illegally transporting Chinese. Survival comes before ethics now. In the process, Morgan tries to keep his morality intact as best he can, and does an immoral act to avoid doing a worse one.

Soon, Morgan is taking other risks and routinely operating as a criminal. His ethical standards keep slipping in order to maintain financial appearances. This trade-off proves to be his undoing.

In each case of economic hardship, Morgan has avoided taking other actions that would have solved his problem, at least temporarily. He owns his boat, so he could have sold it or borrowed against it. He owns his home, and could have sold it and rented. He could have rented other peoples' boats when he could get a charter. The government has subsistence work available for the unemployed, but he prefers to maintain his life style and appearances as though he has no problems. He also has tried to keep from getting caught in breaking the law, but that hasn't worked either.

Morgan ends up taking on more than he can handle. He feels remorse as a result. He's tried to be too self-reliant, as a way to reduce his risk. That was the wrong route. Getting help was the right way to get the risk down.

His wife, Marie, captures the challenge of the modern world this way, "You just go dead inside and everything is easy. You just get dead like most people are most of the time." This suggests compromising your pride and principles to keep up appearances, which is what most people do.

Hemingway makes good use of the "haves," those who charter and own the yachts, to show that they have compromised with self respect. They have money, but they do not have honor and decency. Often, they lose other benefits that matter to them, such as the chance for close human connection.

His "have nots" are crushed by the intent and the carelessness of the "haves." The "have nots" are also undermined by their willingness to let the ends justify the means, and abuse of alcohol. Those weaknesses compromise them, and they are destroyed as a result.

So the lesson is that you should uphold what is important to you (not appearances) and make the necessary compromises to guard the important (such as your family, your health, and your survival). The worse the conditions are, the more important this lesson is.

After you finish contemplating what you would have done, I suggest you also think about where today we find similar compromises occurring because of prosperity. Where do we sacrifice what is important to have more prosperity or to appear to do so? I think Hemingway's tale still applies. How should you change, as a result?

Get the right life for those you love and yourself!
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am 7. Dezember 2002
Es geht um einen Schmuggler / Kapitän, der sich selbst und andere nicht schont. Fischfang und Mord. Dieses Buch gibt
das harte Leben des Erzählers wieder, man erhält einen Einblick in dessen Entscheidungsgrundlagen und bekommt vielleicht sogar ein bisschen Verständnis für seine teilweise doch recht fragwürdige Entscheidungen. Wie alle Hemingway Bücher fängt dieses Buch gut die Stimmung ein - in diesem Fall ist es eine Szenerie, die wohl viel mit dem eigentlichen Leben Hemingways gemeinsam hat.
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am 13. Juli 2000
If you're a Hemingway fan, I'm sure this book is for you. I also think this book suits non-Hemingway fans as well. If you really pay attention when reading, you'll find it is a very interesting and deep tale. The narration in the book, which changes a couple times, makes the story interesting. A novel with more than one perspective should interest a lot of people.
The storyline is excellent. It is never dull and there's always something that Hemingway is trying to build.
If you want a relaxing, short read, check out this undiscovered wonder.
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am 20. März 2000
Hemingway is known for his simple, easy-to-read writing style, but everything he writes goes much deeper than the oceans he writes about. This book, as is common with his other books, tells about the struggles of trying to make it through life, and how one has to play with the hand he's given. Everyone has to put up with hardships in life, some more than others, but everyone has to learn how to deal with them because there's not much they can do to change their lives. "To Have and Have Not" is a very realistic account of life. It will leave you contemplating about life in general, and make you realize many new things that you may not have thought about before. Though it wasn't given very good reviews by critics, and is not considered one of Hemingway's major novels, it is a book for the person out there who loves to find the significance in seemingly insignificant things put in there by an ingenius author.
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am 1. Oktober 1999
I've always been a fan of Hemingway's The Sun also Rises and a Farewell to Arms. I wanted to read another of his books, and since I loved the Bogart and Bacall movie I purchased this despite the typical literary review that calls To Have and Have Not his worst novel. This book is great!! It's gritty, realistic, and the characters are consistent in their characterizations and actions throughout. The bar dialogue, Harry's actions as he delves into crime, they're all dead on. The plot-line really comes together with the juxtaposition of the rich and the poor (I dare you to not be disgusted by the "vital" concerns of the wealthy in the last few chapters). Hemingway's depiction of Harry's suffering wife is perhaps the *ONLY* completely believable female representation I have *EVER* read. This book is macho, poignantly sad, exciting, and full of heart wrenching loneliness throughout.
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am 8. Juni 2000
I've read all of Hemingway's work over a several year period and I do find that -- he would be happy to know -- he is one of the few authors that I (at least) can read again, and sometimes yet again. One of his goals was to write such that you weren't sure how the author accomplished the novel's form or story -- it just unfolds magically somehow for you -- and thus the writing is re-readable, perhaps many times. While Hemingway's "The Garden of Eden" may achieve this goal more than any other, "To Have and Have Not" does this for me, too. Besides that ineffable quality, I like the adventure in the book, the locale and the descriptions, the complex characters and how the stories all somehow intertwine (even when they don't perfectly). When I'm finished reading it, I also feel that I could read it again in a few years. And I have a few times. What is great is that I find something new each time. Overall, this somewhat unusual, typically underappreciated Hemingway novel is one of my favorites for reasons that I can't readily explain -- which is probably how it's meant to be! It simply has recurring allure.
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am 30. Juni 1999
Famous first line, at least among Hemingway aficionados. Well-constructed hero, action man, but identified by his flaws. Female lead who would destroy the man she loves if she can & never understand what she did, that "American female cruelty". A little bit of a different style in that the 4 sections move freely between 1st person & 3d person omniscent for no apparent reason. Stick with it. All will be revealed before it is over. A good, satisfying Hemingway novel.
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am 18. Mai 1999
Its a story of a fisherman sort of like Old Man and the Sea but this novel has a different twist to it, the main character broke and has to find a way to make a deal with another boatsman to survive
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