Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck, one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century, offers a powerful but tragic tale in Of Mice and Men. 'Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place.' George and his large, simple-minded friend Lennie are drifters, ...
Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck, one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century, offers a powerful but tragic tale in Of Mice and Men. 'Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place.' George and his large, simple-minded friend Lennie are drifters, following wherever work leads them. Arriving in California's Salinas Valley, they get work on a ranch. If they can just stay out of trouble, George promises Lennie, then one day they might be able to get some land of their own and settle down some place. But kind-hearted, childlike Lennie is a victim of his own strength. Seen by others as a threat, he finds it impossible to control his emotions. And one day not even George will be able to save him from trouble. Of Mice and Men is a tragic and moving story of friendship, loneliness and the dispossessed.
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Mr. Steinbeck was a great story teller. It was almost as if you were there. Since I grew up in the Salinas Valley it was almost personal. Great interaction between the characters.
Nov 18, 2011
Ist Steinbeck I have read
I was interested in the title- a well known quote from Robert Burns "the best- laid plans o' mice an' men gang aft agley". The style of the book is also from another era and interesting from a historical viewpoint.I can understand why it has been a studied text for English Literature. Descriptions are first class.
Have now moved on to another book by this author "Cannery Row".
Now in my retirement years I am discovering a whole new world from my armchair.
Nov 19, 2008
This book was assigned for me my freshman year in high school and I didn't think I would even like it, but I was terribly wrong. I really enjoyed the adventure of these two men and I grew very fond of Lenny. It was surprising and sad all at the same time. Very great book.
Oct 23, 2008
John Steinbeck turned the search for the American dream and turned it into a nightmare. George and Lenny are two drifting farm hands looking to find work to earn enough money to buy a small farm of their own. Its the only dream they share to find a place to call home. The problem is Lenny is big ,strong and slow. He doesn't know his own strength or realize there will be consequences for his actions. George can keep him safe for only so long. What George hoped to be their last job for someone else turns out to be their last job ever. Written in language of the common man of the time, Steinbeck does an excellent of capturing George's desperation and Lenny's fear. A moving story that has been always one of my favorites.
May 29, 2008
Recommended for all
This timeless work of art is essentially required reading. Everyone should read this fantastic book multiple times throughout their lives.
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