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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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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Absolutely heart-breaking, but so full of depth, fabulous characterizations, etc. One can understand the motivations of these characters and the tragic ending even though it is painful to witness. Some very lost souls inhabit the book. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 22, 2014 |
About time I read this American classic that most students in US have been forced to read in school. And I’m glad I did read it - and glad I didn’t read it in school ;)

It’s a painful read. The two main characters George and Lenny are on the run from a job gone wrong - and you sense from the beginning that the road these two travelers are on will end badly one way of the other. All their talking about a tiny house and a little spread of land to farm, just enough to get by. It’s just a pipe dream.

We are in the middle of the Depression and Steinbeck comes down hard on the American dream, raging against this ideal like a mad man. No way George and Lenny will reach the end of the rainbow.

It’s touching to follow the brotherly love between these two characters - the protecting George, the devoted Lennie. That there’s a snake in the Garden that will ruin it all comes as no surprise. ( )
2 vote ctpress | Oct 13, 2014 |
Depressing and marvelously written. The book shows Loneliness is the plague of mankind. I'm sure I've read this before, but don't remember when. Glad I re-read. 5 stars! ( )
  imaginationzombie | Sep 28, 2014 |
George travels the country for work with Lennie, large, unaware of his own strength and with the mental age of a child. Lenny gets into trouble because he likes to stroke things, unaware that he will sometimes frighten and injure them. But George feels he made a promise to Lennie’s dead aunt to protect him, and promises Lennie that they’ll one day buy that elusive farm and “live off the fat of the lan”. But time and Lennie’s habits catches up with them in a tragic way.

The characters are well drawn and the dialogue rings true; with the usual Steinbeck vivid images of time and place. ( )
  George_Hamilton | Sep 12, 2014 |
I took this off the bookshelf last night when I was looking for something short to read, having a miserable head cold and not wanting to start a long novel. First off, there is nothing happy in this book. If a person is looking for a cheerful, light read, they should probably keep looking.

John Steinbeck is a wonderful writer, painting a full picture with words, but doing so without being too wordy. This story flows so well, it can easily be read in one sitting or over the course of a couple of hours.

George takes care of Lennie, a very large man-child who doesn't know his own strength. Lennie loves to pet soft things and "loves" the poor little mice he catches to death. He doesn't mean harm; he just doesn't understand things. George feels saddled by Lennie, forced to watch over him and is perpetually getting him out of situations when he does something "bad," but the two are very close. The other men working the farm remark on their closeness as if it's something unique and special; so many of the farm workers travel solo, relying on themselves, not trusting others.

The two are itinerant farm workers but long for the day when they can get their own piece of land to work and live by their own rules, where Lennie can take care of their rabbits.

When the two men arrive on the farm and are introduced to their bunkmates, they're warned about Curley, the owner's son, a mean spirited, cruel man with a Napoleon complex who looks for bigger guys to harass. This does not bode well for the men. The reader feels the tension and futility of their situation.

This is a beautifully written but bleak story. ( )
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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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