W. Kandinsky: "There are no 'musts' in art." T.S. Eliot: "There is no freedom in art." Dostoievski character, after the ancient Middle East epigram: "Everything is permitted." (R-rated weblog. Since one has been advised there is no Literature anymore, or even literature, only writing, one proceeds on the premise that this weblog qualifies as not-meaningless, since it is, or appears to be, a form of "writing." Image: Banksy.)
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
To Have & Have Not / Hemingway
Why we get one chapter from a minor character's point of view I couldn't tell you, but no serious harm done. Story feels authentic. I started reading this years ago but for some reason didn't finish it; enjoyed it very much this time around. Unity is weak perhaps, all the material about the well to do elite fighting insomnia on their yachts bursting into the work unexpectedly toward the end, primary narrative seemingly abandoned, where did all these people come from? Protag anti-hero deep sea fisherman Harry Morgan is driven by economic necessity into the criminal underworld and pays a stiff price.
Posted by Richard McNally at 4:08 PM
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