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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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    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (SkinneeJay)
    SkinneeJay: Both are simple and sad stories. I find the endings pretty similar.
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    I Am the Cheese by Robert Cormier (meggyweg)
    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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"Quizá todos tienen miedo de todos los demás en este condenado mundo" P.58

"Es como el cielo, todos quieren su terrenito. He leído muchos libros aquí. Nadie llega al cielo, y nadie consigue su tierra. La tienen en la cabeza, nada más." ( )
  bomeor | Apr 25, 2017 |
DAMN YOU STEINBECK!!
Now I have to drink gallons of water cause you drained the 70% water in my body.

Oh yes, I cried so fucking hard the stars died. I just...I can't.

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*keyboard explodes* ( )
  phoibee | Apr 23, 2017 |
What a depressing book. It's a good book, quite interesting with some fascinating characters and an impressive display of story-telling by Steinbeck, but the plot is absolutely depressing.

The two main characters are George and Lenny; George is a loyal (if sometimes annoyed and slightly abusive) friend to his massive, bumbling counterpart Lenny. As the story progresses, these characters prove to be complicated, but likable. I found myself really rooting for them to succeed, knowing due to the short length of the book that they wouldn't, and I was often frustrated with Lenny's missteps. The end isn't a terrible surprise, but the way it's told guarantees it won't be considered 'predictable'.

Because this book is well known as a classic, and because many classics require some fortitude to plow through the more mundane parts, I had put off reading this book for several years. Too often the action of the latest Sci-Fi or Fantasy novel (my favorite genres) enticed me away; but I'm glad I eventually got around to this book. It won't ever be considered one of my favorites, but I may venture back through these pages in a few more years to see if my take on this interesting story is affected as I get older. ( )
1 vote yrthegood1staken | Feb 28, 2017 |
I must be one of the few people who didn't read this novella as part of their school curriculum. So I was coming at this with barely an inkling of what the book was about. Suffice to say it was an excellent read that seemed to draw me in and make me read faster as the ever looming tragic ending unfolded. Or maybe that was the wine I was drinking with it. Anyway, it turns out that the American dream is not for the disabled (Candy, Lennie), the carer (George) and the disenfranchised (Crooks). ( )
1 vote Lord_Boris | Feb 21, 2017 |
Just rip my heart out next time Steinbeck. ( )
  bound2books | Feb 12, 2017 |
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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.
 
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.
 
What a depressing book. It's a good book, quite interesting with some fascinating characters and an impressive display of story-telling by Steinbeck, but the plot is absolutely depressing.
 
The two main characters are George and Lenny; George is a loyal (if sometimes annoyed and slightly abusive) friend to his massive, bumbling counterpart Lenny. As the story progresses, these characters prove to be complicated, but likable. I found myself really rooting for them to succeed, knowing due to the short length of the book that they wouldn't, and I was often frustrated with Lenny's missteps. The end isn't a terrible surprise, but the way it's told guarantees it won't be considered 'predictable'.
 
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.
 

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John Steinbeckprimary authorall editionscalculated
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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