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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men (original 1937; edition 1993)

by John Steinbeck

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Title:Of Mice and Men
Authors:John Steinbeck
Info:Penguin Books (1993), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 112 pages
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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (1937)

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    SkinneeJay: Both are simple and sad stories. I find the endings pretty similar.
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    meggyweg: Both these books are perfectly structured, all the plot parts fitting so seamlessly together that not even a knife blade could slip between them. The endings to each are as inevitable as the end of the world.
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heart renching page turner I love it ! ( )
  Emily_Madsen | Sep 23, 2018 |
I really wish that this had been required reading for my school, unfortunately it wasn't. Nearly everyone will enjoy and/or get something out of this beautiful, haunting story. ( )
  Borrows-N-Wants | Sep 22, 2018 |
This was a great and very beautiful story. Oh, and did I mention tragic. I can't wait to read more Steinbeck. ( )
  marie2830 | Sep 2, 2018 |
I've always been a sensitive reader and I have a hard time reading these type of books - those that touch on death, racism and inequality. This was what reality was at the time and was the norm. You watch older movies and you can see how men treated "colored" people and even how men talked to women in the earlier days. I'm going to be one of the few that has an unpopular opinion about this book. That even though it did touch a cord in my heart, it wasn't all that. It was okay. Somewhat predictable, most likely because so many modern movies/shows have adopted the same type of plot. It's a must read for the average book-nerd. But I can't say it's my favorite. ( )
  pistachioph | Aug 25, 2018 |
This short novel (barely 100 pages) is often cited as one of the great classics of 20th century literature and has been studied by countless students in the English-speaking world (as a touch of cynicism, its short nature has no doubt helped considerably with this). It concerns a period in the lives of two itinerant agricultural labourers in 1930s California, George Milton and Lennie Small. The former is the brains of the pair, who looks after and protects, but is also frequently exasperated by, by the unintelligent Lennie. The latter's lack of intelligence is combined with a gentle and naive disposition, but also great strength, the latter combination of factors giving rise to the tragic denouement of the story. There are some other interesting characters, including the black stable hand, Crooks. Despite the background of poverty, oppression and aimlessness in the lives of the protagonists, caused by wider national economic factors, the novel feels as if it takes place claustrophobically in its own bubble, cut off from the outside world. Despite its strong themes and emotional impact, I would say this is not really an all-time classic with long-lasting influence, at least not in the same league as other American classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird. ( )
  john257hopper | Aug 12, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Steinbeck, Johnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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Cannery Row | Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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The Short Novels of John Steinbeck: Tortilla Flat/The Red Pony/Of Mice and Men/The Moon Is Down/Cannery Row/The Pearl by John Steinbeck

The Steinbeck Centennial Collection (Boxed Set) by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men | Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck

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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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Penguin Australia

4 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141185104, 0141023570, 014103842X, 0241952484

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