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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
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I think it's tradition for me to finish a classic and think, "That was good, but I wonder what insights and symbolism I missed out on since I didn't read this for class and have a professor telling me about it." It's also just really hard to review classics in general, because whereas "normal" books I can pick apart the plot, characters, pace, etc., there's something different about these. I feel like I always expect classics to be deep and mindblowing with huge world-shifting themes, but in reality, it's totally normal to be disappointed by them. In this case, I spent most of this book wondering what the point was. I wondered if I was just not connecting to this because it was too short, or because of the very slang dialogue, but by the end of this everything just clicked into place and I actually went into my mom's room to discuss. Touching, tragic, and just..... wow.
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Reading Progress

May 14, 2016 – Shelved
May 14, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
July 9, 2016 – Started Reading
July 9, 2016 –
page 25
23.36% "I'm loving this so far! The writing is just great, but also I'm finding that I'm analyzing this in my head as if I was reading it for class, which normally I would despise and try not to do, but in this case it's very entertaining and it's keeping me incredibly focused on the characters and plot! I can't wait to continue, I think i'll love this :)"
July 10, 2016 – Finished Reading
September 5, 2016 – Shelved as: read-in-2016

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Ellen I had to read this for class and it does help a lot to have someone who knows what their talking about analyse it


Mathil Pooracho Totally agree with Ellen


Mared Owen It's a GCSE set text in the UK so a lot of teenagers end up hating this book when it's actually amazing. I used to hate analyzing literature but this was the first novel I read for class where I actually appreciated the deeper analysis a teacher can offer.


Jenny (Reading Envy) In high school, we had to put on a supreme court case to decide if Lenny should have the death penalty or not. That was 21 years ago, but I still think about this book.


хона Ахмэте I agree with you on the whole analyzation of classics. I feel as though I cant read anything considered so without AT LEAST sparknotes-ing it. but im determined to now read these bad boys for myself, with no reviews or things to watch out for. just take it in.


Kimberlyϟ Completely agree!!


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