Of Mice and Men Download eBook by John Steinbeck
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 My daughter borrowed "Of Mice and Men" from the library, it was short (100 pages), and I'd never read it. I *had* read "The Grapes of Wrath" by Steinbeck in high school, and my main memory of that was the "inter chapters" (??? I think that's what the teacher called them) where the action stops and the author describes a turtle crossing a road or something similarly fascinating. I remember at the time feeling that these had some deep meaning, but I had no idea what that might be. Anyway, back to Mice and Men. It was on my mind anyway due to a clip on one of my favorite TV shows, The Middle, where Brick gives a hilarious synopsis of the book to his siblings. Wish I could find it online, but I can't. So, "Mice" is the tale of 2 guys, Lennie and George. Lennie is big and dumb, George smaller and the brains of the two, but that's not saying a lot. They go from job to job, usually getting canned when Lennie, who doesn't know his own strength, hurts somebody . But they keep going, propelled by the dream of someday having their own place, where they can take it easy(er), raise their own rabbits, and Lennie can tend some beloved rabbits. The story is set in the 1930s, and I found it heartbreaking and refreshing at the same time to read about a group of guys who are down-and-out, but putting in an honest day's (or lifetime's) labor for their board. Back then, there was no WIC, no food stamps or welfare. Poor folks weren't lounging on the sofa watching TV while they claimed disability and unemployment. These guys were to be pitied, but they had dignity. You'll probably guess that the tale doesn't end well, and you're right. But the characters are so well-done, and the feeling of foreboding you get reading this book is worth the time it'll take you -- which isn't long. Recommended.
As with many of the classics, I read this years ago. Unfortunately, I think I was too young to truly appreciate it. I must have been 11 or 12. It harkens back to my military post library days. This time around I felt every moment of it. The writing is beautiful, swearing aside. The characters are stereotypes, almost props even,but surprisingly familiar at the same time. The tragedies in this story are still playing out every day in our society. People with disabilities and/or neurological differences are still stigmatized. Men of color are often still marginalized. Too many women place value on being noticed by men and not enough on their own self worth. Senior citizens are often passed over or patronized to make way for a younger generation. And there are still too many gun swinging jocks who seem to be oblivious to the struggles of others. The underlying theme that I missed the first time I read this book was the yearning that every person has and the ways in which they present it. On the surface this book is about one person with a mental illness or difference and the person who has always looked out for him. But if you examine each character closely they are almost all yearning for something. The only two exceptions seem to be the "boss" and "slim."
A truly tear-jerking masterpiece. But beware: this book is not for readers who are easily dispelled by the sexism
and racism that were once rampant in this country. In the short span of 118 pages, John Steinbeck paints a harsh painting of America's dark side during the Great Depression. Some readers complain about the unequal treatment of blacks and women in this story. I believe that in this portrayal, Steinbeck excellently and unforgivably captures the ugly truths of America's overtly patriarchal and racist society during this period. Yet Steinbeck's main concern is in encapsulating the common, pounding drive of people to fulfill their hearts' ultimate desires. I am always amazed at the mastery of words that Steinbeck displays in his works, and this piece does not disappoint. It realistically captures the ranch worker's dialect. The vivid descriptions of nature are the very definition of imagery itself. "The sycamore trees turned up their silver sides, the brown, dry leaves on the ground scudded a few feet. And row on row of tiny wind waves flowed up the pool's green surface." p. 109 Almost all of the characters presented serve to communicate an underlying message which so many people have experienced and can relate to. I found myself swelling with a multitude of emotions at how alike some of these people's feelings and problems were to those of many I know, not withholding myself. From the despicable, pathetic Curly, and the dogged and isolated Crooks, to the despairingly dreaming "wife", and most of all the pitiful, clueless Lenny, every actor is so authentically fleshed out that the reader can't help but envelop themselves in their world. This simple yet hard-hitting tale deserves a spot on anyone's bookshelf. Highly recommended.
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