Thursday, September 13, 2012

To Have and Have Not

This week I've been lazing about in the pottery realm. I almost have enough work to fire. Somehow I think I'm waiting for a little cooler weather; actually it has been slightly cooler. Gary mentioned he picked up a book by Hemingway at the library and I decided to read the book, To Have and Have Not.

The book is about a fisherman, Henry Morgan, and is set during the Depression in Cuba, where I lived a few years as a child, and Florida where I live now, so much of the physical descriptions I could relate to. But it is the human struggle to survive in tough economic times which I could relate to much more. The book could have been written about people living in today's times. Oftentimes, it seems, folks of good character, are forced to resort to not so legitimate means just to survive. Societal pressures and government regulations cause essentially good people to be creative and circumvent the norm to provide basic needs for themselves and their families. So I'm taking a small reading break since I've picked up another book by Hemingway to read. Thanks for all your comments.


  1. Excellent author. I just listened to a book on CD about him (and his first wife) "The Paris Wife", by Paula McLain. Very well presented, but I don't remember the reader's name. What a character Hemingway was! Definitely larger than life in many ways. Enjoy your literary trips.

  2. I have been trying to squeeze in some reading as well... not Hemingway (haven't read him since high school) but a book by Florida writer Carl Hiaasen. This is only the second one I have read. I am sure you are familiar with him!

  3. This sounds like a good book. I've been reading a little Hemingway (The Snows Of Kilimanjaro) and Fitzgerald lately. I was inspired to do so by an open course from Yale ( which is also available via iTunes U. I cheat a little by doing some of my reading on audio books while I'm in the studio.

  4. It's nice to read a book. The houses are lanterns and they are made in metal. You can do one in clay.


  5. I don't think that I have ever read Hemmingway, and it seems a shame to have gone so far through life without having done so. I must have a look for a book by him at our local library. I was reading your post where you cook onion and peach together, and it sounds a wonderful idea. You are very clever with your cooking.

    It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the current economic times. I think that cooking something nice, and reading a good book is a great way of keeping things in perspective.
    Kind thoughts to You and Gary,
    Peter, Laura, Nigella Stopit, and Ginger xx

  6. Hi Barbara, thanks, I don't think I ever read any of his books before, if I did I've forgotten so all new to me now. Ha.

    Hi Michele, thanks, I am unfamiliar with Carl's books and as I looked at the covers on the net, not sure I would like them, but then again maybe I would. will see if any are at the library next time.

    Hi Lori, thanks, I think this is his second book, I may try to read them in order written if I can.

    Hi Elna, thanks, their simple white beauty and small windows called to me. I may make one in clay.

    Hi Peter, thanks, I know I should have read some of his books before now since he is well known I might have read The Old Man and the Sea, maybe not, I'm going to check out a few more, enjoyable to loose myself in a book again. I try to keep things in perspective but sometimes that's a difficult task for me, thanks for your kind thoughts.


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