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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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  Lorem | Oct 2, 2015 |
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Watched Longmire where Walt is interviewing candidates for the job position and he asks others about this book and what decision they would've made.
This one is about Lenny and George. Lenny will do anything George says and that gets him in trouble. Lenny liked a red dress a girl wore and he just wanted to touch it. When she yelled he wouldn't let the dress go and that leads them to running away for their lifes.
They walk to a ranch to work and Lenny likes a puppy. George knows if there is a girl involved they will end up having to leave again....the boss has a wife with a roaming eye....
The men hope to run their own farm where they grow the crops in Salinas Valley with a garden and animals and paradise to them.
Lenny doesn't realize how strong he is and many small animals end up dead when he's playing with them. The bosses wife shows up in the barn and she takes Lenny's hand to her hair and he won't let go and she's frightened.
Its up to George to set things right...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device). ( )
  jbarr5 | Sep 30, 2015 |
"One more book that everyone has already read, if they have not been living under a rock. At least I can join the club now. I wish I had read it earlier, because Of Mice and Men is, putting it simply, a beautiful book. The descriptions are beautiful, idyllic - both the natural world and the human environments. You can see them in your mind's eye - the pool is still, warm water in the river bend, the bunk house where Curly faces the wall, the barn with its hay and its streaks of light. These descriptions had the same pacing you come to expect from a rural life, and provide a sense of the goodness which can, presumably, be found when you are away from the din of the grand cities.

But these incredible descriptions are juxtaposed over a tragedy of character and humanity that hovers over every single one of the characters in the story. In some situations, they are even a part of it. There is a moment in the barn where sun, lighting the hay in bright lines of light slipping through the wooden slat walls, is used to both calm and alarm at the same time. This description, while less aggressive than Camus' use of the sun on the water and on the gun, is almost as poignant. Almost as beautiful.

Much of this book focuses on discussing masculinity. There is another scene where a man's dog is put to death and only the executioner seems to hurtle through the moment without any grace. But these men, strangers to each other, not knowing how to comfort, merely sit in the uncomfortable silence waiting for the gunshot. It's a telling, keenly observed scene - certainly one of the most important in the novella. And it is worthy of a great deal of attention.

Another subject widely discussed in the book is vulnerability, which is, it seems, the central feature of Steinbeck's Depression. Vulnerability and the effort to fight against it, that is. This book is quiet in talking about it, of course - everything about this book, even the most hurried and tragic scenes, is quiet. But it talks about it carefully. There are scenes, only a couple, where there are many characters having a conversation, and everybody is talking about the predicament of their life - the predicament of their situation as it compares to the rest. Nobody, it seems, is perfectly secure. Everybody can be broken. That may be what sticks out about this story. Everybody can be broken. Except for George maybe. And Slim, maybe. And George is clearly broken by the end of the story, because he has chosen to care for Lennie.

Of course, there is room for hope. It takes the face of a ranch, hidden somewhere in George's mind, which can be purchased and owned and developed over time into something that is both self-sufficient and perhaps even profiting. Hard to say. It isn't discussed much, but it grabs so much of the imagination! This cloudy future ideal which, for so short a time, seems probable. Even that, though, can be usurped by the folly of mankind. Regardless, Of Mice and Men is a good story and I'm glad I finally put it on my read shelf.

All considered, this is a good story.

Interesting quotes that I didn't include in the review:
Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.
Guy don't need no sense to be a nice fella. Seems to me sometimes it jus' works the other way around. Take a real smart guy and he ain't hardly ever a nice fella.

The Last Passage
But George sat stiffly on the bank and looked at his right that had thrown the gun away. The group burst into the clearing, and Curley was ahead. He saw Lennie lying on the sand. ""Got him, by God."" He went over and looked down at Lennie, and then he looked back at George. ""Right in the back of the head,"" he said softly.
Slim came directly to George and sat down beside him, sat very close to him. ""Never you mind,"" said Slim. ""A guy got to sometimes.""
But Carlson was standing over George. ""How'd you do it?"" he asked.
""I just done it,"" George said tiredly.
""Did he have my gun?""
""Yeah. He had your gun.""
""An' you got it away from him and you took it an' you killed him?""
""Yeah. Tha's how."" George's voice was almost a whisper. He looked steadily at his right hand that had held the gun.
Slim twitched George's elbow. ""Come on, George. Me an' you'll go in an' get a drink.""
George let himself be helped to his feet. ""Yeah, a drink.""
Slim said, ""You hadda, George. I swear you hadda. Come on with me."" He led George into the entrance of the trail and up toward the highway.
Curley and Carlson looked after them. And Carlson said, ""Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin' them two guys?""
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  AdemilsonM | Sep 2, 2015 |
Always stuck with me from when I read it in school. The ending always haunted me in a way when I was younger. ( )
  Fearshop | Aug 20, 2015 |
i feel like i already read this book once. or maybe i saw the movie. everything just seemed vaguely familiar as i was reading it. anyway, i really like steinbeck's characters, and i don't want to give anything away, but i really liked the ending. ( )
  klburnside | Aug 11, 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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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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