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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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    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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A real good book. ( )
  durgaprsd04 | Feb 25, 2015 |
Well every man and his dog has written a review on this so I won't bother. This was part of my high school curriculum and I thought I had come up with a good thesis that George, who had told Lenny that they were saving money for a farm and was thus holding onto Lenny's money, was in fact spending Lenny's money on drinking (George does indeed go out drinking during the novel). When Candy offers to go thirds in the farm, George seems reluctant, which would be in line with someone who didn't actually have money saved towards a farm.

When I outlined this thesis to my English teacher, thinking that at least he would be pleased at my initiative at coming up with something outside the norm. Instead, he just said "What a stupid suggestion" and moved on. Well done, Mr whatever your name was, for encouraging independent thought. ( )
  MiaCulpa | Feb 13, 2015 |
Plot:
George and Lenny are a team, working as hired hands on farms. But Lenny, who has a mental disability, got them fired from their last job when his attempt to pet the skirt of a girl was mistaken for a sexual assault. They had to leave in a hurry, but have found a new job already, which starts off well enough with their coworkers Candy and Slim, and less well with their boss Curly and his flirty wife. George and Lenny are dreaming of buying a bit of land together and becoming independent – a dream that suddenly becomes very attainable when Candy offers to pitch in. But attainable isn’t the same as attained and money isn’t the only issue.

Of Mice and Men tells a gripping story and is well-written. Even if I did have some issues with it, it didn’t change my emotional investment.

Read more on my blog: http://kalafudra.com/2015/01/10/re-read-of-mice-and-men-john-steinbeck/ ( )
  kalafudra | Jan 26, 2015 |
Uno de esos libros que son un auténtico disfrute: magníficamente novelado, una genial lección sobre la vida, buen argumento y mejor final. Además, puede decirse que se ha convertido ya en un clásico, y pienso que sus personajes -George y Lennie- son uno de las mejores parejas de la literatura universal. ( )
  arpashl | Jan 16, 2015 |
This book broke my heart. It takes true friendship and loyalty to do what George did. A big contrast between the two main characters really emphasized each others' strengths as it did their flaws. Though the ending is evidently foreshadowed it still takes you by surprise. You can't help but feel sorry for George and Lennie. ( )
  teresamcg | Jan 13, 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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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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