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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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This book may be a short one, like The Great Gatsby, but it's a powerful little book none the less. Even though dirt poor, I have to say, the relationship that George & Lennie have is pretty amazing for the time frame. Most migrants on ranches were single men who were only out for themselves to keep themselves fed & clothed, & when they had a little extra, they'd blow it on gambling, hooch & fallen women. So to see these 2 traveling together is already unusual. To see George actually taking care of & looking after his friend Lennie, who is obviously mentally handicapped is really very sweet in a way, even though he bosses him around all the time, but it's for his own good, because George is trying to keep Lennie out of trouble. The ending just about broke my heart, even though you could kind of see it coming. ( )
  Lisa.Johnson.James | Apr 11, 2014 |
I absolutely loved this book. It was small and sweet. The basic premise is two men who go to a ranch to work and trouble seems to follow them with some crazy characters.

For the rest of the review, visit my book blog at: http://angelofmine1974.livejournal.com/69833.html ( )
  booklover3258 | Apr 1, 2014 |
I really enjoyed this book. Great quick read. ( )
1 vote bookish92 | Mar 20, 2014 |
A sweet little novel by Steinbeck. I think the brevity of the novel sets it apart from most of his work. I had never read this for school but I'm glad that I've read it now. ( )
  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
A great short read. The story was infinitely better than what I thought it would be. The connection and symbolism between Candy & his Dog and George & Lennie came as quite a shock and made me view George and Lennie in a new light. The book situated around different aspects of loneliness (of how some long for company, and others long for solitude) and how sometimes ridding yourself of burdens, no matter how painful and emotional it may be, is the only way to move on. The book was very moving and I definitely recommend this to any and everyone. ( )
  Dnaej | Mar 14, 2014 |
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To Americans whose eyes are still smarting from the unhappy ending of the Wall Street fairy tale of 1929, John Steinbeck's little dream story will not seem out of line with reality; they may even overlook the fact that it too is a fairy tale. An oxymoronic combination of the tough & tender, Of Mice and Men will appeal to sentimental cynics, cynical sentimentalists.
added by Shortride | editTime (pay site) (Mar 1, 1937)
John Steinbeck is no mere virtuoso in the art of story telling; but he is one. Whether he writes about the amiable outcasts of 'Tortilla Flat" or about the grim strikers of In "Dubious Battle," he tells a story.
There's a simplicity, a directness, a poignancy in the story that gives it a singular power, difficult to define. Steinbeck is a genius and an original.
added by Shortride | editKirkus Reviews (Feb 1, 1936)

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
John Steinbeckprimary 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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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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