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Click Here to Download the Book "A thriller, a gripping tale . . . that you will not set down until it is finished. Steinbeck has touched the quick." They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of lonelinss and alienation. Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.
Reviews This one kind of speaks for itself. There are few other novellas that pack as much punch in so little paper; the reader learns about love, loneliness, friendship, loyalty, and compassion while being treated to beautiful imagery and meaningful symbolism. The story is tragic without being oppressive, and Steinbeck presents worthwhile reflections on the innate hopefulness of human nature and the powerful influence of relationships. As a side note, I first read this book in tenth grade, and it was probably one of the first books I read that made me stop and think about a reality other than my own (relatively) carefree existence. Looking back, it really helped me realize that although I don't live the same type of physical existence as the characters in a book, and I might not relate to their lifestyle, I can still learn from them...a valuable lesson for any teenager, I think, and it is no less poignant ten years later.
"Of Mice and Men" is so widely read since it's required at most schools. But I hope that doesn't mean we take it for granted. On this re-reading one of the elements I gained was the character of Crooks, the clever black stable hand languishing with loneliness. I also saw Curley's wife in a different light-- one that understood how her loneliness guided her relationship with the men. And there's Candy, lonely for his smelly old dog, wanting to be part of George and Lennie's piece of paradise, wanting to go to the circus or a baseball game if he ever did feel like it. At that time that I read this when I was 11, I guess none of them made much of an impression. I saw only Lennie and the innocence of his dreams. And I thought that was the point. On this second reading, I realized that almost everyone had innocent dreams and maybe THAT was the point. Because George too, has innocent dreams, even though he should know better (having manufactured those dreams for Lennie's sake). Lennie is the way that he is because of his mental disability. But really, he's the way that he is because he is human. The desire for companionship, the innocent optimism, the potential for destruction, those things are human. They are just all bigger in him than usual. This is such a powerful little book, with dialogue that truly sings. A masterpiece. And an absolute treat to re-read!
Of Mice and Men, one of the best books I have ever read. This book is about two people. George, the "Leader" and Lennie, his companion. Lennie is mentally challenged, and doesn't know his own strength. They moved to california and worked in a farm. They had their own special dream. To have their own little ranch, with just the two of them. To be honest, this book is very emotional and sad, even in the beginning. John Steinbeck uses emotional appeal to make the reader feel sad, and to draw their attention. He also uses a lot of sensory detail to describe the setting. At first, the story may seem happy, but you'll soon find out it's not. This is one of those stories that
almost put me to tears at the end.
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