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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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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. ( )
1 vote mclesh | Sep 2, 2014 |
Wow. This book was emotional, bleak, and very, very sad. But a book that can emotionally move a person to this extent is without a doubt a well written and good book.

At it's heart, this book is all about dreams. Lennie and George have their dream of their future - a future that is very unlikely, but that keeps them going through their difficult lives. Curly's wife had dreams of being something more than she was, of seeing the world and having the attention she doesn't get from her husband. Candy and even Crooks find strength and hope in George and Lennie's dream, for a moment daring to dream of something better than what they have.

This was also a theme of "The Grapes of Wrath" - the idea of the power of human hope, the idea of dreams as a sustaining force.

Wonderful, fantastic book, despite the less-than-happy ending. ( )
  sammii507 | Aug 19, 2014 |
I'm almost fifty-two years old and feel like I've been punched in the gut. Powerful story. Damn it, won't get much sleep tonight. ( )
  5hrdrive | Aug 16, 2014 |
Wow. It's a very quick, short, powerful read. I hadn't ever read a Steinbeck novel before this one. It's definitely a ride from start to finish, and it's a ride that you'll wish you could stop at times. I found one of the most touching themes was resigning one's self to lost hope, a situation which occurs more than once in the novel - and from the way the characters speak, these weren't the first times and they won't be the last. ( )
  zhyatt | Aug 10, 2014 |
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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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