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Of Mice and Men (original 1937; edition 1981)

by John Steinbeck

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Title:Of Mice and Men
Authors:John Steinbeck
Info:Bantam Books (Mm) (1981), Mass Market Paperback, 118 pages
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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (1937)

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

★★★★

This book needs little introduction.

The tragic tale of a man and his mentally-challenged friend, and the bond they have. This book pulled me in from the beginning. Although a small book, the detail is well written. The characters are well described. The feeling of loneliness, even though there are constantly others around, is everywhere. The love that George has for Lennie (and vise versa) is heartwarming. A sad tale. I really enjoyed this book. I am only sad that it took me so long to read it. ( )
  UberButter | Feb 9, 2016 |
I love teaching this book. You just gotta love Lenny! ( )
  GreenLightGirl | Feb 5, 2016 |
Easy to see how this book became a classic. It deserves all the praise. Loved it! ( )
  tashlyn88 | Feb 5, 2016 |
For me this was really a 3, or less, because I can't enjoy something so indescribably sad. But you can't ignore the writing. I did not cry, which I do quite easily, which puzzles me. I think the thing I enjoy most with Steinbeck's work is his description of natural places, in this case the river pool where the novel started and ended. Audio production with Gary Sinise was excellent. ( )
  MaureenCean | Feb 2, 2016 |
Just read this for the first time for an English Comp class... unless I read it in school years ago... its all so hazy... ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jan 29, 2016 |
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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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Book description
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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