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A John Steinbeck novella written in 1937.

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A Poignant Classic

  • Aug 19, 2010
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George and Lennie are two itinerant farm workers moving from one California farm to another. The two of them move together in order to avoid the loneliness and misery that usually accompanies nomads. Lennie is an incredibly strong and hard worker who has a mind of a child. Unfortunately for him, his strength and child-like instincts oftentimes get him in trouble. George has known Lennie since he was just a kid, and is the brains behind this unlikely duo. George dreams of a bigger life for the two of them, a life where they would settle on a small farm of their own. The questions remain, however, of how will they acquire enough money to purchase such a place and if they will be able to do so without getting into any really big trouble on account of Lennie's unpredictable behavior.

This is perhaps the most poignant and well developed of Steinbeck's short novels. The characters are some of the most memorable ones in all of the twentieth century literature, and are masterfully developed and vivid. The narrative is as compact and tight as they come. Steinbeck is nothing short of a pure genius when it comes to constructing stories: each element, each sentence has its place and serves the overall purpose. This novella is a textbook example of what good storytelling is all about and will be enjoyed by both Steinbeck's fans as well as those who are new to his writings.

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review by . June 30, 2010
Of Mice and Men is often required reading in many high schools and it is held in high regard for good reason. It stands among the best of Steinbeck's work and is also one of the best novellas around.       Though a short story it manages to tell a compelling tale of two men - George and Lenny - during the Great Depression on the west coast of America (eagle eyed Steinbeck fans will recognise that this is a common theme among many of his works) simply trying to find …
Quick Tip by . April 17, 2011
Good things come in small packages!  This book is a timeless classic. Considering the time it was written, and the fact that it covers class structure, euthanasia, the plight of the mentally challenged, prejudice, and roils all of them into a poignant and compelling story in such a tightly written package has never ceased to amaze me.
review by . September 13, 2010
George and Lennie are two itinerant farm workers moving from one California farm to another. The two of them move together in order to avoid the loneliness and misery that usually accompanies nomads. Lennie is an incredibly strong and hard worker who has a mind of a child. Unfortunately for him, his strength and child-like instincts oftentimes get him in trouble. George has known Lennie since he was just a kid, and is the brains behind this unlikely duo. George dreams of a bigger life for the two …
review by . August 03, 2010
A disappointing classic. And not just because of the outcome.       Set during the Great Depression/post-great depression era, the novel tracks the lives of two migrant workers. Lennie has a mental disability, but ungodly strength, which makes him priceless to many farmers. Unable to navigate the hiring process and daily living without assistance, George has taken Lennie under his wing and posses as his guardian. The two have a dream of one day purchasing their own land. …
Quick Tip by . October 08, 2010
For all its simplicity and brevity, the power and pathos of the themes of helplessness and loneliness embodied in Steinbeck's story about George and Lennie, two itinerant field workers in 1930s depression era California, are not to be denied.
review by . August 19, 2010
George and Lennie are two itinerant farm workers moving from one California farm to another. The two of them move together in order to avoid the loneliness and misery that usually accompanies nomads. Lennie is an incredibly strong and hard worker who has a mind of a child. Unfortunately for him, his strength and child-like instincts oftentimes get him in trouble. George has known Lennie since he was just a kid, and is the brains behind this unlikely duo. George dreams of a bigger life for the two …
review by . August 19, 2010
George and Lennie are two itinerant farm workers moving from one California farm to another. The two of them move together in order to avoid the loneliness and misery that usually accompanies nomads. Lennie is an incredibly strong and hard worker who has a mind of a child. Unfortunately for him, his strength and child-like instincts oftentimes get him in trouble. George has known Lennie since he was just a kid, and is the brains behind this unlikely duo. George dreams of a bigger life for the two …
review by . August 19, 2010
George and Lennie are two itinerant farm workers moving from one California farm to another. The two of them move together in order to avoid the loneliness and misery that usually accompanies nomads. Lennie is an incredibly strong and hard worker who has a mind of a child. Unfortunately for him, his strength and child-like instincts oftentimes get him in trouble. George has known Lennie since he was just a kid, and is the brains behind this unlikely duo. George dreams of a bigger life for the two …
review by . July 29, 2010
I really enjoyed this book, it starts of with George and Lennie looking for work, getting a bus out of a town but the bus doesn't go all the way, and drops them of on a road, their walking down a road, and Lennie ends up killing a mouse he has been petting. George asks Lennie to get rid of the mouse but Lennie doesn't want to. George and Lennie get to the ranch that they have heard there is work at. George and Lennie meet some ranch workers Candy, Slim, Crooks and Whit and the ranch owners …
Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
I absolutely hated this book. I ended up having to read it 3 different times for school assignments and hated it the same every time.
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Of Mice and Men was written by John Steinbeck in 1937. The story takes place during the Great Depression in California and tells the tale of two displaced ranch workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, who aspire to own and tend to their own piece of land. Milton, a protagonist, looks after Small (also a protagonist) who suffers from a mental disability. Small's desires to touch "soft things" leads to his accidental killing of small animals and eventually the wife of an important townsman. Before an angry mob led by the deceased wife's husband reaches Small to kill him, Milton shoots Small in the back of his head to prevent his lynching by the townsmen.

Like many other Steinbeck books, Of Mice and Men explores dreams, loneliness, unfortunate economic circumstances, and fate. Because of the book's themes, graphic scenes, and use of vulgar language, it has been banned from many American schools. However, at the time of its writing, the book received high acclaim and has since been adapted into films numerous times.
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Author: John Steinbeck
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Covici Friede
Date Published: 1937
ISBN: 0-14-017739-6
Format: Novella
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