Title: To Have and Have Not
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Page Count/Review Word Count: 192
To Have and Have Not is almost a stereotypical Hemingway book, with a hard main character and a lot of boats around. My friend Neil read this shortly before I did, and when we were talking about it, he described it as “a bit boaty”. Neil was right.
I mean, if you like boats then you’ll love it, but otherwise, you might feel as though some of the detail is unnecessary. Still, it’s an interesting enough story, about a rum runner during the time of the Depression. At one point, he loses an arm, but that doesn’t stop him from being a badass. His friends are also pretty hard, but I guess he just has that sort of social circle.
Overall then, an entertaining enough read, and one that doesn’t take too long to get through, but it’s overshadowed by the greatness of some of Hemingway’s other work. I would recommend this if you’re already a Hemingway fan, but otherwise, there are better books to start with.