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Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck Centennial Edition) (original 1937; edition 2002)

by John Steinbeck (Author)

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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.
Title:Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck Centennial Edition)
Authors:John Steinbeck (Author)
Info:Penguin (2002), Edition: Reprint, 112 pages
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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Author) (1937)

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    SkinneeJay: Both are simple and sad stories. I find the endings pretty similar.
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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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Geez! This is like watching an explosion in slow motion. It's a tragic event narrated so slow you can appreciate its beauty, even if the whole thing is destructive and lasts for an instant.

I have much to learn from Steinbeck and his ways. ( )
  andycyca | Aug 6, 2019 |
Of Mice and Men is one of those classics taught in so many English classes, and seems well-beloved by everyone I know. So please forgive me when I say… I just don’t see the appeal. The entertainment value of this novel is pretty low for me.

It’s been a long time since group discussion in my ninth grade English class, but even now, I can see the discussion potential of this novel. George and Lenny’s relationship, Lenny’s demeanor, the ending… it’s all ripe for a morality conversation. For such a short book, there’s a lot intended to pull the heartstrings. Lenny’s scene with the puppy, in particular, is powerful.

I believe a book can be powerful and profound without being entertaining. Perhaps Of Mice and Men’s academic use has cheapened it’s impact for me, but that’s never mattered before (Feed and The Secret Life of Bees were both high school reads, and I still love them). And while I enjoy classics, I wouldn’t call myself a classics snob, so if someone wants to jump in and debate this with me, you’re more than welcome. Is Of Mice and Men an interesting read that has affected generations of readers and filmgoers? Yes, of course! Steinbeck is considered a genius in himself. I’ve never read his other books, not even The Grapes of Wrath, but I know enough about literature to know that if I argued he was poor writer, I would lose. He’s clearly not, because his writing inspires these conversations. But I don’t enjoy him.

And that’s okay. I don’t have to love Steinbeck. You can love him and I will not judge you.

Stylistically, Of Mice and Men is simple. There are no flowery descriptions – most the book is told in conversation, making it ripe for translation as a stage play and movie. We know of Lenny’s fear and self-condemnation from an external monologue. We know about George’s frustration the same way. We’re left to infer the setting from comments the characters make.

It’s difficult to relate to the characters and become involved in the story that way. George, frankly, is an asshole. And Lenny is complicated. The reader’s investment comes entirely from the outside, “How could he do that?” – a question that could be asked of any number of characters. I think the subject matter pulls the reader in enough in that way to be successful, but there’s not that sort of warm excitement you get when you’re really rooting for a character. It’s all just a scene that plays out, you know?

Of Mice and Men is worth reading because it’s interesting, and the book is short. This particular audiobook version had some serious feedback in the recording, marking it as an older one, but it was well-read. Only a three-hour read and I was able to listen to the whole thing at work. Don’t get your hopes up for a life-changing story, but as far as classics go, this one is pretty low commitment. ( )
  Morteana | Jul 27, 2019 |
Read for the first time in 1997. ( )
  SandyDawn | Jul 14, 2019 |
A good read by John Steinbeck, enjoyed the relationship between Lennie and George, I'm not a fan of sad endings but this ending was really well done. ( )
  ryndean | Jun 11, 2019 |
As in "To kill a mockingbird", I don't like books written in a transcription of dialect or speech.I'd read this one in school, and now felt it was time to re-read it. Steinbeck manages very well to create suspense. I don't think Lenny serves well as an allegory of the weak falling victim to the powerful. He's too special for that, too peculiar.
  Kindlegohome | Jun 3, 2019 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Steinbeck, JohnAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eggink, ClaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mari, MicheleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martin, FletcherIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shillinglaw, SusanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sinise, GaryNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Winterich, John T.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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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Penguin Australia

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