Of Mice and Men
Today, nearly forty years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures. Over the next year, his many works published as black-spine Penguin Classics for the first time and will feature eye-catching, newly commissioned art.
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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...more
Breathtaking prose, touching characters and a heart breaking ending. Who said only lengthy novel can make an impact?
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...more
Tell us how it's gonna be...
I've never wanted a book to spontaneously change endings so badly. I yearn for that little place as much as they do. I wanted them to have it desperately. Proof the incredibly sad ending isn't hopeless is that on a reread I could still hope it would end differently. Oh, it does happen, lon...more
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...more
I felt like re-reading it yesterday and I feel a...more
This is the first time I've read this unbelievable short novel. I had no idea what to expect and was pleasantly surprised at how perfectly developed and drawn out both George and Lennie were. Their relationship is one of great camaraderie, heartbreak, and strength to stand up for one another.
The ending for me...more
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...more
"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...more
This was at least my third reading of this excellent novella, and I found my love for Steinbeck's clear, crisp prose remained undiminished as did my awe for the way this heartrending tragedy unfolds. However, I found the story had less overall impact on me this time around, it seemed like too much was packed into too short a space in both time and pages which left me with unanswered questions, and overall I think I cared a lot less about the subject matter than I had on previous readings. I susp...more
This novel tells the tear-jerking journey of two travelling Californian ranch workers, set in America's depression era. The novel is rife with lonely undertones and hardship.
“Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no fambly. They don’t belong no place. They come to a ranch an’ work up a stake and then they go into town and blow their stake, and the first thing you know they’re poundin’ their tail on some other ranch. They ain’t got nothing t...more
I enjoyed this book just as much when re-reading as I did the first time around. I flew through the book and wish it had gone on longer. Steinbecks description is so vivid I just wanted to become lost in the story and didn't want it to end. I really need to read more of his work.
We read this book for GSCE English Lit, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think it was helped due to the fact that my English Teacher was amazing and loved what she did - she had accen...more
Well done in the movies & oft reviewed, this book doesn't need any introduction to most. It's a short novel, but very well done. A 'must read'.
Some facts about the book, author and the movies..
Of Mice and Men was adapted for the screen three times, the first in 1939, two years after the publication of the novel. This adaptation of Of Mice and Men stars Lon Chaney Jr. as Lennie, Burgess Meredith as George, and was directed by Lewis Milestone.It was nominated for four Oscars.
In 1981 it was made into a TV movie, starring Randy Quaid as Lennie, and Robert Blake as George, and was directed by Reza Bad...more
В, на пръв поглед, обикновена и кратка история Стайнбек успява да опише вкупом, заплетени в затрогващ сюжет, непреходни теми за обикновекия човек като: силната необхо...more
I read this in a haste early this morning and I think I need to read this one again.I enjoyed the book a lot, though. The prose and imagery was beautiful, and the characters were all I could relate to, which is what amazed me. There wasn't ever a really bad vs good vibe. A picture of humanity as it is. Grey.
The dream world that Lennie and George have is so endearing and heartrending. That was the part that took my...more
With Mr. Steinbeck, Of Mice and M...more
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 "...more
The unlikely friendship of George Milton and Lennie Small centers the story. Lennie's limited mental capacity creates problems, not only for himself but also for George who has, for his own reasons, undertaken to travel with, protect, and care for L...more
The language, the atmosphere, the friendship theme, the loneliness motive, all is beautifully built in this novel "in nuce" where everybody and no one is truly innocent or guil...more
The beautiful futility of holding on to the working-class dream of attaining the unattainable, so brilliantly put forth in words. A true masterpiece!
It is perhaps one of the most emotional works I've ever read. It moves from darkness to night with little hope of a dawn. It took me days to become comfortable with it. But, I did grow as a person.
One of my favorites and should be read by everyone at least once in their lifetime.
commitment, loneliness, hope and loss.
Tutto questo (a saperlo!) viene già preannunciato dal titolo del libro, che di per sé è tutto un programma... Viene dalla poesia "To a mouse" del poeta scozzese Robert Burns, più precisamente dal seguente verso:
"The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley."
(The best laid schemes of mice and men / Often go awry.)
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In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley...more