Hemingway: To Have and Have Not

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To Have and Have Not

 

To Have and Have Not was Ernest Hemingway’s third novel, and was published in 1937. While the critics of the era considered the book a dismal failure, it happens to be one of my favorites.

To me, it is a powerful commentary on the devastating effect of the Great Depression on the people of Key West, Florida. Rich tourists, who much like today flocked to the Keys every winter, remained oblivious to the plight of the poverty-stricken populace of the island.

More financially successful than the book was the Warner Brothers Hollywood film production starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. The novel, however, is a must read for Hemingway fans.

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