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

by John Steinbeck

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

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I love teaching this book. You just gotta love Lenny! ( )
  GreenLightGirl | Feb 5, 2016 |
Easy to see how this book became a classic. It deserves all the praise. Loved it! ( )
  tashlyn88 | Feb 5, 2016 |
For me this was really a 3, or less, because I can't enjoy something so indescribably sad. But you can't ignore the writing. I did not cry, which I do quite easily, which puzzles me. I think the thing I enjoy most with Steinbeck's work is his description of natural places, in this case the river pool where the novel started and ended. Audio production with Gary Sinise was excellent. ( )
  MaureenCean | Feb 2, 2016 |
Just read this for the first time for an English Comp class... unless I read it in school years ago... its all so hazy... ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jan 29, 2016 |
5 ***** and a ❤

Steinbeck’s novella is taken from an incident in his own background. His emotional closeness to the story is evident in this tragedy.

George Milton and Lennie Small are migrant workers. During the Great Depression, they travel the small towns of California seeking labor where they can find it. Lennie is a giant of a man, who has limited mental capacity and cannot think for himself, but who can perform any labor he’s instructed to do. George is a small, quiet man; he looks out for Lennie, making sure he gets work, housing, food. More importantly George gives voice to their dreams … a little place of their own, where they can have a garden, fruit trees, a cow or goat, some chickens, and just for Lennie, some rabbits. A place where they can live “off the fat of the land” and not be beholden to anyone else, where they can take off to go to a ball game or a fair without seeking permission.

They are hard workers and George is smart enough to have a plan and try to save enough to make their dream come true, but Lennie … Well, Lennie keeps “getting into trouble,” and they keep having to flee one location for the next. When they land on a ranch near Soledad in the fertile Salinas River valley, they are hoping to finally have a place they can stay for a few months. The other men in the bunk house are friendly enough; the boss is hard but fair. But Curley, the boss’s son, is a mean, banty rooster sort of man, always looking to pick a fight. And Curley’s new wife – she is Trouble (with a capital T). Lennie tries his best to follow George’s order to stay away from Curley and his wife. But the reader knows that an altercation is inevitable.

Steinbeck’s genius here is to write a spare story that still tells volumes about the human condition. It is a story of friendship, loyalty, and love.

Audio book performed by Gary Sinise.
Sinise’s performance is flawless … well, maybe he could have raised the pitch of his voice just a tad higher for Curley’s wife. All the hopes, dreams, innocence, anger, pity, love, and sorrow of the characters are in his voice.

* * * SPOILER BELOW * * *

In an interview in the New York Times, 1937, John Steinbeck said: “I was a bindlestiff myself for quite a spell. I worked in the same country that the story is laid in. The characters are composites to a certain extent. Lennie was a real person. He's in an insane asylum in California right now. I worked alongside him for many weeks. He didn't kill a girl. He killed a ranch foreman. Got sore because the boss had fired his pal and stuck a pitchfork right through his stomach. I hate to tell you how many times I saw him do it. We couldn't stop him until it was too late.” ( )
  BookConcierge | Jan 27, 2016 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142000671, Paperback)

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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