Title: Of Mice and Men
Author: John Steinbeck
The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world. Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream–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 doomed as Lennie, struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy, becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes such as the friendship of a shared vision, and giving voice to America’s lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men has proved one of Steinbeck’s most popular works, achieving success as a novel, a Broadway play and three acclaimed films.
Of Mice and Men was an interesting book. It had lovely prose, fascinating characters, and it was full of realistic dialogue. Its story is of George and Lennie, Californians wandering from place to place, hoping to get a ranch of their own. George is the controller of the group, telling Lennie what to do, and telling him what they are going to become. I’d give it four stars, only because it wasn’t WOWWWW.
- THAT ENDING KIND OF MADE THE ENTIRE BOOK TBH. It was just crazy action. From the beginning of the book, when Lennie keeps killing the mice accidentally, and then at the end kills the dog, then Curley’s wife, and THEN GEORGE KILLS LENNIE WHAT. where. did. that. come. from. But being a person on the Internet, I already knew that was going to happen (whoops!). It was just so out there, but OKAY.
- THE TONE. This book was endlessly sorrowful and creepy. Lennie calmly talking about how he kills the mice again and again practically gave me chills. It’s really amazing if an author can do that.
“Trouble with mice is you always kill ’em.”
Overall, I thought Of Mice and Men was a brilliant book by a brilliant author, and I would probably read it again in a few years. Definitely not back-to-back. But, still pretty good!