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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men (1937)

by John Steinbeck

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Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they’ll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn’t know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss’s daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him…

One of Steinbeck’s classic, this little novel takes place in the America of the depression, when people were looking for any kind of job. Those were really hard times and each man was on his own. There was no companionship, no looking after one another. Yet, through Steinbeck’s talent, we see the greatness of some of them, walking through rough paths, trying to back each other up, protect the innocent.

We can see the cruelty of human beings really clear in this book. When people have made their minds, there is no way to change them. Racism is everywhere and it has its rules, as if it were the law. Racism is there not only for people of color, but also people of joy. But there is also kindness and understanding and trying to do the right thing.

A must read for all! ( )
1 vote GeorgiaKo | May 10, 2017 |
Of the best stories ever written! Makes me cry every time. A true classic! The story of George and Lenny just pulls at your heartstrings and won't let go. I really believe that everyone should read this book at least once in their lives. ( )
  Crystal423 | May 1, 2017 |
Now I have to drink gallons of water cause you drained the 70% water in my body.

Oh yes, I cried so fucking hard the stars died. I just...I can't.

I can't even asfdasdgfafsgklj;aldfjad'fjuhad'fkjha'dufas'dtuwietuS'
*keyboard explodes* ( )
  phoibee | Apr 23, 2017 |
What a depressing book. It's a good book, quite interesting with some fascinating characters and an impressive display of story-telling by Steinbeck, but the plot is absolutely depressing.

The two main characters are George and Lenny; George is a loyal (if sometimes annoyed and slightly abusive) friend to his massive, bumbling counterpart Lenny. As the story progresses, these characters prove to be complicated, but likable. I found myself really rooting for them to succeed, knowing due to the short length of the book that they wouldn't, and I was often frustrated with Lenny's missteps. The end isn't a terrible surprise, but the way it's told guarantees it won't be considered 'predictable'.

Because this book is well known as a classic, and because many classics require some fortitude to plow through the more mundane parts, I had put off reading this book for several years. Too often the action of the latest Sci-Fi or Fantasy novel (my favorite genres) enticed me away; but I'm glad I eventually got around to this book. It won't ever be considered one of my favorites, but I may venture back through these pages in a few more years to see if my take on this interesting story is affected as I get older. ( )
1 vote yrthegood1staken | Feb 28, 2017 |
I must be one of the few people who didn't read this novella as part of their school curriculum. So I was coming at this with barely an inkling of what the book was about. Suffice to say it was an excellent read that seemed to draw me in and make me read faster as the ever looming tragic ending unfolded. Or maybe that was the wine I was drinking with it. Anyway, it turns out that the American dream is not for the disabled (Candy, Lennie), the carer (George) and the disenfranchised (Crooks). ( )
1 vote Lord_Boris | Feb 21, 2017 |
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I thought this is a total rip off the original but Seth Grahame rewrote Jane Austen's work. However, Jane's work is still visible.

IT IS A TRUTH universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.

I laughed when I was reading this book. This is an alternate way to relive the story of Jane Austen. It became a little gross when the unmentionables eat some characters, and the action scenes added humor in it.

”No ninjas! How was that possible? 5 daughters brought up at home without any ninjas! I never heard such a thing.”

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
John Steinbeckprimary authorall editionscalculated
Eggink, ClaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martin, FletcherIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shillinglaw, SusanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sinise, GaryNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Winterich, John T.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green.
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The tragic story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in California, USA.
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They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation. Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own.

When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him. "A thriller, a gripping tale . . . that you will not set down until it is finished. Steinbeck has touched the quick." —The New York Times

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In Depression-era California, two migrant workers dream of better days on a spread of their own until an act of unintentional violence leads to tragic consequences.

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