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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
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Jun 10, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: people who haven't read it already

This is one of my favorites. It's not my favorite, because I had completely forgotten about it until I saw someone else had put it in their list, but it's definitely in my top five. Wait. Top ten; I haven't read it in nearly ten years. But I assume I still like it as much as I did.

Everybody knows the story by now, so I won't recap it. But I will say that the best part of the book is when you find out that the glove Curley wears all the time is filled with vaseline to "keep [his] hand soft" for his wife! Isn't that the nastiest shit?! That's been a running joke with my more literary friends since we read it. Oh my god, that's the most horrifying thing. And it's not even that it's nasty itself (unless, of course, you think a glove full of vaseline is nasty) but it keeps making me think of Burt Reynolds in Striptease, where he's walking around with vaseline in his boots because he likes how it feels squishing between his toes. Which is definitely nasty.

Anyway, fun fact: Apparently there was a tv movie version of Of Mice and Men, and Ted Neeley played Curley. Ted Neeley, of course, is my *boyfriend* and most well-known for playing Jesus in the 1973 film version of Jesus Christ Superstar. He kept that hand soft for *me*. I just saw him live the other day, and the man is 64 and hits those fucking high notes like he's eating Cheerios. A-plus.

This review stopped being about the book a long time ago, didn't it?
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Diah i agree with you


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