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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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What a painful story. Somehow I had never read this and I thought it was time. I had an idea of the basic story, which is about two men, George and Lennie, who travel to different ranches, following work during the Great Depression. George is looking out for Lennie, who is physically strong but intellectually weak. It's such a sad story; Lennie has no option to get the help he needs and can't control his impulses, leading to disaster.

This is a well-written book and an important look at male friendship and the hardships that itinerant workers faced during the 1930s. However, I can't say I enjoyed it. The story was just too harsh and the blaming of the only woman in the book (only referred to as "Curly's wife, never even rating her own name) was really distasteful to me.

I listened to an audiobook read by Gary Sinise and his reading was excellent. ( )
  japaul22 | Nov 19, 2015 |
An easy read this one was I never wanted to put the book down. This is a wonderful tale of two friends who have dreams and they way that George looks out for Lennie is great to see and read about.
  ninaberger | Nov 16, 2015 |
Better after it's read than while reading it, like an okay aftertaste. ( )
  Michael.Xolotl | Nov 11, 2015 |
Throughout this entire book, sadness and violence reigns. This is not the type of story that starts off tragic and ends happily ever after. This is a story that starts painful and ends painful. So many things go wrong in the lives of Lennie and George and just when you think things are getting better, they're not. Even though George killed Lennie out of mercy, it was still a brutal ending. ( )
  Kkaye | Nov 3, 2015 |
Que puxa... :( ( )
  MarthaNunes | Nov 2, 2015 |
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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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Cannery Row | Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

In Dubious Battle | Of Mice and Men | The Pastures of Heaven | To a God Unknown | Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck

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

Cannery Row | Grapes of Wrath | 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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142000671, Paperback)

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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