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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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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 |
Read many years ago. A very sad story which shows Steinbeck's feeling for the people our society tends to throw away. ( )
  auntieknickers | Aug 8, 2014 |
This is certainly a powerful story and it really packs a punch considering how short it is. Although I admired how the author helps you understand the depths of the connection between George and Lennie within such a short time frame, I did find the treatment of the female character as quite clichéd. Granted, I don't know any of Steinbeck's other work or other American literature from this period so I have no similar female characters to compare this to. ( )
  pcollins | Jul 27, 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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