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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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    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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  kutheatre | Jun 7, 2015 |
I still don't like rabbits. ( )
  trilliams | May 30, 2015 |
Yes, somehow I'd made it to middle age without ever having read this book. Though I knew what it was about, of course, and what happens in it. Who doesn't? This is probably one of the top five most spoiled works of fiction in the English language. At the beginning, I thought this was going to be a problem, finding it a little difficult to concentrate on the story itself with a zillion crude parody versions sitting between it and me in my mind. But it's a testament to the sheer power of this story, the vividness of its characters, and the universality of its themes, that all of that quickly faded away. All the goofy parodies I'd seen didn't make the story less painful or poignant, and never mind that I've seen the ending played out facetiously at least a dozen times, it still wrecked me.

This is the first Steinbeck that I've read, and I'm deeply impressed by his writing. The prose here is never showy -- pretty much the polar opposite, in fact -- but it is perfectly crafted.

This is one that deserves its reputation. ( )
1 vote bragan | May 24, 2015 |
Summary: The book starts with George and Lennie, two friends and travelers, looking for work because they got into trouble with the head rancher at their last job. Both George and Lennie go everywhere together, but since Lennie can't take care of himself, George helps Lennie by taking care of him and keeping out of trouble. Both men want to own a piece of land for themselves so that they don't have to worry about earning money. Once they get to their new ranch, George does the interview alone, fearing the boss won't hire them because of Lennie's mental disability. However, George secures the job for both of them.
Once at the ranch, they meet the boss's mean spirited son, Curley and his wife, who tries to flirt with all the men on the ranch. George and Lennie make a deal with the old ranch hand, Candy, that, in exchange for his savings, they can live together on George's farm. Curly's wife tries to flirt with Lennie. Lennie pulls to hard on her hair, and she starts screaming. Lennie accidentally breaks her neck while trying to get her to stop screaming. Once the men on the ranch realize what has happened they organize a lynch party. Lenny runs away to the field where George told him to go if there was ever any trouble. George finds his friend and tells him that they will run away together to their farm. He tells Lenny to face away from him and imagine the farm. When Lennie tells George he can see it, George shoots him dead. George tells the lynch party that Lennie killed himself. Then, he leaves without another word.

Review: This book is one of the best I have read because of its bitter-sweet ending that makes you question the fine line between right and wrong. Even though the ending was saddening (and shocking) the more I thought about what George did it made me realize he really was a true friend. Out of love for his friend, George wants to save him from a frightening and painful death of the lynch mob. Just like a loved pet, George puts him out of his misery leaving with thoughts of their dream of living on the farm.This was one of those books I will think about for a long time. I can see why John Steinbeck was an award winning author and will look into reading more of these classic books. All of these reasons make this book and easy five out of five stars. ( )
1 vote johnn.b4 | May 23, 2015 |
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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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