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Of Mice and Men (1937)

by John Steinbeck

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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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There are so many things conveyed in such a short text. Exquisitely written. A must read. ( )
  SergioRuiz | Apr 30, 2024 |
I read this book in high school and it is still one of my favorite books. This story of an unbelievable, amazing friendship and dreams that will break your heart is something that I still carry with me. It is a fast read but one that will last you forever. ( )
  Enid007 | Apr 11, 2024 |
One of the classic novels I'd recommend for everyone. ( )
  sfj2 | Apr 3, 2024 |
Of Mice and Men is primarily a character study, but, like the more lengthy works of its author, it does manage to touch the societal norms of its time and bring them in line with the motivations of the characters. Depicting a story where the characters have nothing but delusion to carry them from one day to another, it manages to capture the toxic and tragic culmination of such aspirations in a society which has very limited growth potential for the working class.
The repetitive nature of its plot might slightly wear the reader down, but it serves as a solid buildup to the climax of the story, and the character arcs also help give this story its natural conclusion. It is not a story that gradually drains one's hope away, but it's presented as a ticking time bomb; Steinbeck tucks the reader in a blanket full of warmth and comfort and clangs a metal pan over their head as soon as they succumb to that fake sense of comfort. ( )
  shadabejaz | Mar 28, 2024 |
Haunting, well-written story about men with simple values and flawed thinking who are driven to do what they think is right for survival. ( )
  eg4209 | Mar 6, 2024 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Steinbeck, Johnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ece, AyşeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eggink, ClaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Linturi, JoukoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mari, MicheleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martin, FletcherIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rotten, ElisabethÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sanders, BrianCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shillinglaw, SusanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sinise, GaryNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Verhoeven, WilAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Winterich, John T.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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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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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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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