A compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world, John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" includes an introduction by Susan Shillinglaw in "Penguin Classics". Drifters in search of work, George and his childlike friend Lennie, have nothing in the world except the clothes on their back - and a dream that one day ...
A compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world, John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" includes an introduction by Susan Shillinglaw in "Penguin Classics". Drifters in search of work, George and his childlike friend Lennie, have nothing in the world except the clothes on their back - and a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California's Salinas Valley, but their hopes are dashed as Lennie - struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy - becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes of friendship and shared vision, and giving a voice to America's lonely and dispossessed, "Of Mice and Men" remains Steinbeck's most popular work, achieving success as a novel, Broadway play and three acclaimed films. John Steinbeck (1902-68), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for literature, is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. During the Second World War Steinbeck served as a war correspondent, his journalism later collected in "Once There Was a War" (1958), and he was awarded the Norwegian Cross of Freedom for his portrayal in "The Moon is Down" (1942) of Resistance efforts in northern Europe. His best-known works include the epics "The Grapes of Wrath" (1939) and "East of Eden" (1952), and his tragic novella "Of Mice and Men" (1937). John Steinbeck's complete works are published in "Penguin Modern Classics". If you enjoyed "Of Mice and Men", you might like Steinbeck's "Cannery Row", also available in "Penguin Modern Classics". "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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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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