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Of Mice and Men

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,299,654 Ratings  ·  19,792 Reviews
Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they’ll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn’t know his own strength, and when they find work at a ...more
Paperback, 121 pages
Published May 13th 2011 by Penguin Books (first published 1937)
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Neha In a way your question is a perfect example of the things John Steinbeck writes about.
This socially acceptable yardstick which is commonly used to…more
In a way your question is a perfect example of the things John Steinbeck writes about.
This socially acceptable yardstick which is commonly used to the measure the quality of an object - the book in this case - is in actuality a measure of only its financial success. Hence, I think whether the book was or was not a best-seller should have no effect on your perceptions of the book. (less)
Rimi well, Lennie had parents but they died but he also had a aunt Clara who was taking care of him and she told George to make a promise that to take care…morewell, Lennie had parents but they died but he also had a aunt Clara who was taking care of him and she told George to make a promise that to take care of him when she is gone. Lennie used to be George childhood friend.(less)
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Nataliya
Jun 16, 2012 Nataliya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads

Well, somehow I've managed to read close to 800 books by now, and none of those had been Of Mice and Men. That has been remedied now, and I'm feeling emotionally drained by it. So yeah.

I suppose pretty much everyone knows the heartbreaking story of Lennie and George. I was relatively 'unspoiled' and still knew what happened in the end. I just did not know how or why, but figured out those pretty quickly into the book. And still that did not help the sense of impending doom that was like one prot
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Paul Bryant
Apr 20, 2014 Paul Bryant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
The title of this novel is only 50% accurate, a very poor effort. Yes, it’s about men, but there’s little or nothing about mice in these pages. Mice enthusiasts will come away disappointed. This got me thinking about other novel titles. You would have to say that such books as The Slap, The Help, The Great Gatsby, Gangsta Granny, Mrs Dalloway and Hamlet have very good titles because they are all about a slap, some help, a Gatsby who was really great, a no good granny, a woman who was married to ...more
Kemper
I needed a quick read because I stupidly forgot that the library would be closed yesterday for Veteran's Day. I'd exhausted my current supply, and I needed a short term fix to hold me until I could get some new product today. So I grabbed Of Mice and Men off the bookshelf last night.

And I'm glad I did because I'd somehow remembered that this was a depressing book. How wrong I was! Oh, sure there were some tense moments like when you think Lennie will accidently hurt Curley's wife in the barn. Wh
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Andy
Feb 10, 2008 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's the way Steinbeck describes things that gets me.

"Crooks, the negro stable buck, had his bunk in the harness room; a little shed that leaned off the wall of the barn. On one side of the little room there was a square four-paned window, and on the other, a narrow plank door leading into the barn. Crooks' bunk was a long box filled with straw, on which his blankets were flung. On the wall by the window there were pegs on which hung broken harness in process of being mended; strips of new leath
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Shayantani Das
“Trouble with mice is you always kill 'em. ”

Breathtaking prose, touching characters and a heart breaking ending. Who said only lengthy novel can make an impact?
Dolors
Sep 24, 2014 Dolors rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those striving for dreams & friendship
Shelves: read-in-2014
Only a writer capable of assembling the symbolic with the folkloric can pen a novella that straddles genres, writing techniques and figurative voices and tug at the heartstrings of both commonplace audiences and the most exigent of readers.
Such indisputable universality is what Steinbeck accomplished with “Of Mice and Men”, a fabled novella with a linear plot delivered in a succession of theatrical scenes, compact on the surface and with simply drawn characters that might be accused of being ex
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Mariel
Jan 29, 2011 Mariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: loners
Recommended to Mariel by: probably my mother
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Tadiana ✩ Night Owl☽
I think I've been avoiding John Steinbeck, consciously or subconsciously, ever since I was a horse-loving teenager and thought that The Red Pony would be a nice, pleasant book to read.

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I haven't read any Steinbeck books since.

But I was in the library a couple of weeks ago, puttering around in the general fiction shelves, and happened to pull this one out and noticed how short it was--only 107 pages. I had just finished reading Jonathan Livingston Seagull, which was a 127-page overdose of cheesy 7
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Shannon
Jul 07, 2007 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i hated this book.
steinbeck is crap.
children should not be forced to read it.

ok, i really just don't like steinbeck's aesthetic. i dislike the killing of innocent animals, the dehumanization of the mentally retarded--and don't try to tell me that lenny isn't marginalized here. the book is depressing and directionless, and not in the ironic waiting-for-godot sort of way. the descriptions are flat, emotionless, and dessicated.

however, curly's wife is awesome. she's just so bizarre and pathetic, so
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Jadranka
Nov 27, 2015 Jadranka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"O miševima i ljudima“ je moj prvi susret sa Stajnbekom. I evo opet moram sebi da zveknem jedan čitalački šamar što sam toliko čekala.
Ovo je jedna dirljiva priča o prijateljstvu izmedju dva muškarca u doba Velike depresije u Americi, tačnije u dolini Salinas.
Leni i Džordž predstavljaju suštu suprotnost jedan drugome, jedan je krupan čovek u telu deteta, nesvestan posledica svojih postupaka, a drugi je sitan i snalažljiv, a opet nadopunjuju se i u neku ruku čine porodicu. Oni su porodica jer br
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Becky
"Guy don't need no sense to be a nice fella. Seems to me sometimes it jus' works the other way around. Take a real smart guy and he ain't hardly ever a nice fella." - Of Mice And Men

I really think I love John Steinbeck, which is surprising to me, because I never would have thought of myself as a Steinbeck reader. There's just something about the way he writes that cuts through all the bullshit and pretense and just tells it like it is, and I find that really refreshing. Sometimes they aren't eas
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Embraced_evils
Jun 22, 2008 Embraced_evils rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
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Mike (the Paladin)
I know...classic, movies, been around for years, greatly respected author, etc., etc., etc. But, nihilism leaves me cold...

Enjoy if it's you...but (and I've used this quote before) this book typifies "life is hard and then you die". Who cares how well the story is written that gets you there.

The very quality of the writing here made the experience worse for me. It has been brought to my attention of late that Steinbeck was a gifted writer. It's true he was, and the message in the story he relate
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Stephanie
May 30, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-2015
Of Mice and Men is a great classic novella! John Steinbeck crafted a realistic story focusing on two migrant workers in California during America's Great Depression. The descriptions are vivid and the characters are colorful. As this book is widely known, I am not going to focus on the plot, but rather highlight the central themes.

It is a story of friendship:
“I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why.”
The way that George looks after Lennie is wonderfully touc
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Joe Valdez
Feb 04, 2016 Joe Valdez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-general
What more can I possibly add to a discussion of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men without drawing a high school English teacher's salary? Considering I'm not drawing bored glances from teenage inmates, I doubt that a check from LAUSD will appear in my mailbox anytime soon.

-- Published in 1937, this is the work that the Goodreads algorithms seem to have agreed is the author's most renowned. For Stephen King, it's The Shining, for Elmore Leonard it's Get Shorty and for John Steinbeck it's Of Mice
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Farshad Firuzi
Jul 16, 2015 Farshad Firuzi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
شاهکار فوقالعاده ای از روابط انسانی و سرگذشت غم انگیز دو دوست کارگر.. نثر نمایشنامه ای و ریتم بالای این اثر بهمراه شخصیت پردازی فوقالعاده و گیرایی روایت، خوانش اثر رو بشدت لذت بخش میکنه و درنهایت پایان تراژیک کتاب هست که جای هیچ بحثی رو باقی نمیگذاره.. ...more
Shovelmonkey1
Nov 18, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people after a literary snackette
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list and sfogs
So, a lot of Goodreads readers gave this five stars. And a lot of other Goodreads readers said aargh someone took a copy of the Grapes of Wrath/ East of Eden/ Tortilla Flat (delete as applicable) and then tried to jam it, raw and unseasoned, sideways down their throats while they were in high school. This is the unfortunate effect that formalised analysis of actually pretty quality literature can have on people. Luckily, I escaped a Steinbeck-flavoured literary force feeding as a youth, which le ...more
Andrew Kubasek
Oct 03, 2007 Andrew Kubasek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
There are few books which reduce me to emotional breakdown, but this is one of them. Revealing the darker side of compassion, Steinbeck tells the story of two friends and what happens when one of them "does a bad thing."

Has this novel become over-taught in high schools? Definitely - and people's perception of the novel suffers because of it. People have to want to read this book because nobody wants such a harsh, violent story placed upon them as an obligation to read.

This is a very different "
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Seemita
It takes courage to stand up and speak. It also takes courage to sit down and listen.

These are the words on one of my most favorite posters. What always keeps me hooked to these lines is the validity of the trait, courage, from both ends of the spectrum. It holds good, irrespective of the side one stands at. Whether there is merit in holding on or giving in, is a matter of perspective which often remains stranded on the crossroads of past experiences and future expectations. And crossroads alway
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Sabah
Dec 27, 2015 Sabah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this year's ago during my teens and I must confess that at that time my attention had been wholly focused on the relationship between George and Lennie. I had failed in my youth to look beyond them to the significance of the other characters and their vulnerabilities.

As the years passed I shied away from revisiting this story because I feared that if I probed its pages I would once again reopen a wound like that of a throbbing tooth and leave myself exposed to hurt.

I won't lie and say tha
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Michael
Sep 02, 2010 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
How does one rate a Holy Tome of English Lit, when one found the reading experience to be extraordinarily average. . . nay, even sub-par?

I suppose the real question is, am I, like some people, a vote whore who will slap the Big Uno on it, and then index all the book's inadequecies, ignoring all the things the author did well? This will probably gain my review the most interest.

Or shall I, like a dignified book reviewer, give it a Trio, and calmly explain both its flaws and its high points?

Uno i
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Gautam
Nov 01, 2015 Gautam rated it it was amazing
Steinbeck's prose makes the pages alive. The pages breathe and sigh. The pages talk to you and you cry with them, smile with them. Even after the pages cease talking, you can enjoy comfortable silence with them.

Steinbeck's writing is like the aroma of rain-soaked soil- the earthy writing captivates you, and lulls you into the grip of nostalgia.

5 stars on 5!

-gautam
Aoibhínn
Sep 16, 2012 Aoibhínn rated it it was amazing
Of Mice and Men is truly beautiful piece of literature that seems so simple, yet so incredibly complex. Set during the American Great Depression in the 1930's, it is the story of two friends, George and Lennie, who wander from town to town looking for work to earn money to buy their own land. The one snag in this plan is Lennie, a strong giant of a man with the mind of a young child who, although full of good intentions, finds himself getting into trouble at every stop. Lennie is unable to think ...more
Desislava
Dec 11, 2015 Desislava rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
3.5 stars

In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck talks about the friendship between two migrant workers, George and Lennie. George is a small, wiry man that cared a lot about Lennie. He is usually the one to make the decisions and plans for their future. In contrast, Lennie is large in size, lumbering, and he has a childlike mind. Lennie’s mental disabilities allow him to completely depend upon George for guidance and protection. The two protagonists are so vividly drawn that they come to life for th
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Lawyer
Aug 13, 2014 Lawyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Lawyer by: Miss Maxine Lustig
Of Mice and Men: I am my brother's keeper

"In every bit of honest writing in the world there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love. There are shorter means, many of them. There is writing promoting social change, writing punishing injustice, writing in celebration of heroism, but always that base theme. Try to understand each other."— John Steinbeck in his 1938 jo
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Kim
Sep 19, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Steinbeck's original title for this small gem was Something that Happened. His idea was to write a play in novella form and to simply describe the action, rather than explain it. In my view, Steinbeck succeeded admirably in this task. I've not seen any of the film adaptations of the work (no reason why not, just never got around to it). Nor have I seen the play based on the book. However, I can easily see how the narrative would work as a piece of theatre. The book has a strong theatricality: in
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Matthias
Dec 16, 2015 Matthias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
I read this book once so far, but I'm planning to read it again. And again. And again.

One reason for this, aside from the fact that it's a quick and extremely pleasurable read, is that I don't think I have gotten beyond the point of taking this story at face value. When I see others' reviews I see explanations and interpretations, analysis and theories which are all very interesting, deep and wide-ranging, so I feel as if I've missed out on plenty by getting only one aspect covered. This book o
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Nathan
Sep 17, 2007 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I'm so ronery, so ronery, so ronery and sadry arone.
Shelves: fiction
"A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. It don't make no difference who the guy is, long as he's with ya'. I tell ya', a guy gets too lonely, and he gets sick." I first read Of Mice and Men at an age when I was learning to read. Not phonetically, but critically. This novel taught me what good literature could be, and it is one of a handful of novels that I measure all other novels by. As a result, I have turned into someone who can read five to ten nonfiction books in a month but read only one ...more
Cheryl
Feb 25, 2015 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Powerful stuff. A fine example of a story that takes on a life of its own, breaking away from the author. At a certain point, the story says, sotto voce, "You can put down your pen, Mr. Steinbeck, I can take it from here,"

I was seeing the story vividly as a play, and indeed it was performed while the book was still on the bestseller list in 1937, and won the New York Drama Critics' Circle award for best play. Steinbeck's intention was to write this as a play that could be read as a novel.

Ca
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Candi
May 28, 2015 Candi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics-shelf
I had a hard time rating this book. This is a re-read; the first time I read this was many, many years ago for a high school English class. I don’t remember liking it very much back then but have since read several Steinbeck novels that I truly enjoyed. So, it was time to look at this one again with adult eyes. I was not disappointed! John Steinbeck described the landscape and the characters so beautifully; I could really see everything so clearly.

Of Mice and Men is a simply told, tragic story
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John Steinbeck III was an American writer. He wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men, published in 1937. In all, he wrote twenty-five books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and several collections of short stories.

In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley
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