To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
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This book most reminds me of Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. 
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To Have and Have Not is the dramatic, brutal story of Harry Morgan, an honest boat owner who is forced into running contraband between Cuba and Key West as a means of keeping his crumbling family financially afloat. His adventures lead him into the world of the wealthy and dissipated yachtsmen who swarm the region, and involve him in a strange and unlikely love affair.
In this harshly realistic, yet oddly tender and wise novel, Hemingway perceptively delineates the personal struggles of both the "haves" and the "have nots" and creates one of the most subtle and moving portraits of a love affair in his oeuvre. In turn funny and tragic, lively and poetic, remarkable in its emotional impact, To Have and Have Not takes literary high adventure to a new level. As the Times Literary Supplement observed, "Hemingway's gift for dialogue, for effective understatement, and for communicating such emotions the tough allow themselves, has never been more conspicuous."

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Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that led to international fame. Hemingway was an aficionado of bullfighting and big-game hunting, and his main protagonists were always men and women of courage and conviction who suffered unseen scars, both physical and emotional. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in the novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, and he also covered World War II. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961.
Published July 25, 2002 by Scribner. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, History, Travel. Fiction
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Reviewed by J. Donald Adams on Oct 17 2008

Mr. Hemingway's record as a creative writer would be stronger if it had never been published.

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Reviewed by B. B. James on Apr 05 2010

..."To Have and Have Not" is well worth reading. It brings to life the memorable Harry Morgan, a man with a bravery and competence that few of us will ever achieve. And yet, it doesn't sentimentalize Morgan nor the life he lives...

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Reviewed by Sam K. on Jan 27 2012

This book most reminds me of Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. 

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