Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

Book - 2002
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George and his simple-minded friend Lenny dream, as drifters will, of a place to call their own, a couple of acres and a few pigs, chickens, and rabbits back in Hill Country where land is cheap. But after they come to work on a ranch in the fertile Salinas Valley of California, their hopes, like the best laid schemes o’mice an’ men,” begin to go awry.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2002
Edition: John Steinbeck centennial ed
ISBN: 9780142000670
0142000671
9781448733736
Characteristics: 103 p. ; 22 cm

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Derringer
Apr 06, 2019

IMO - This "John Steinbeck" novel (from 1936) just doesn't hold up today as a good read. And, for the most part, its story is far from being a memorable one.

I was expecting Of Mice And Men's story to be a lot more uplifting and insightful in its outlook of people who were living "on the wrong side of the tracks".

Anyway - With that all said - I found this novel's story was far too drab and its characters far too dull for my liking. Of course, you may find it otherwise.

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black_panther_1845
Feb 26, 2019

I liked this book. Very well thought out, although it was very sad at the end.

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CarleeMcDot
Jan 28, 2019

Like I mentioned, I needed a couple audio books to keep me entertained on my drive to and from Phoenix for the Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half and since I already had an 8 hours long one, I needed a shorter one. This one was available and was only 4 hours long so I snagged it. It was just a coincidence that both books were set during the Great Depression (and that the first book referenced the quote the title of this book was borrowed from multiple times - it was like it was planned... but it wasn't ;)). Like most classics you were supposed to read in school, this was one a missed... There's a possibility I read the CliffNotes, but in all honesty I think I just watched the movie. Anywho, I had forgotten the story and wanted to give it another chance. I can see why it won so many awards in its day (although I'll be honest, the racist language was cringeworthy). This book focuses on dreams and aspirations, despite the characters often being in powerless or abusive situations. I definitely wouldn't consider it a feel good book (at times I'd say it is even emotionally draining), but it is touching, tragic and oh so powerful. I would give it a 9 out of 10.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 14, 2018

Written by John Steinbeck, this book is considered as classic American literature. It tells the tale of George Milton and Lennie Small: two men who travel place to place in the U.S in search of a new job during the era of the Great Depression. The topic was socially relevant at the time since many people struggled to make a living during that period. Moreover, the book is relatively short and easy to read. However, I expected more from a novel considering the praise and acclaim it received over the years. Since the book is short, there is little character development through the entire plot, which prevents it from leaving a major impact on the reader at the end. I could only relate to and sympathize with the main characters to a limited extent since the book doesn’t do a great job explaining their origins and what led to them becoming the people they are. I would give this book 3 stars.
@Riveting_Reviews of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

The novel Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck is a classic. It is full of very descriptive imagery, while also including a steady plot with characters developing throughout. This short novel is filled with twists and turns that will be sure to have you in tears by the end. I read this for a writer’s craft class and I feel that this novel is a great read for anyone looking for examples of archetypal characters with a spin. Steinbeck uses a variety of methods to describe his character’s characteristics, yet also keeps this novel short and sweet. I find that this novel was quite a short read considering it’s about 110 pages long. Although short, this classic is able to show a lot of powerful wordplay and imagery. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a very visual novel. I give this book 3.5/ 5
@TheCuriousBookworm of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

This is a heartbreaking story about two friends who are simply trying to make it in this world. George wants nothing more than to keep Lennie safe, and Lennie only ever wants to make George happy and proud. A humble tale about thriving for the American dream while facing discrimination and death brings readers on a roller coaster of emotions. Readers learn the dynamics of power and how one obtains it. They live vicariously through the two friends and understand what its was like to live in the U.S. during the Great Depression, what it is like to be mentally disabled, and what it is like to be a ranch worker. I only wish we got to see more of the duo’s past and their friendship. Rating: 4
- @Pandora of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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Linyarai
Mar 06, 2018

I read this book for the "A Novel That Is Considered A Classic" part of my 2018 reading challenge. It was a very quick and simple read, I would have liked if it went into more detail and explained the men's lives better.

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abbi_g
Feb 18, 2018

I read Of Mice and Men for my book club. I'm aware that it is a classic; but I'd be lying if I said that I know what qualifications make a book a classic. It's a good novel and I applaud Steinbeck for being able to tell a good story in just a little over 100 pages. Obviously, I didn't appreciate how Crooks was treated by Curley's wife; but I'm glad that the author gave him a voice rather than treating his character like common furniture in a room, especially due to his social status on the ranch. I'll admit that after reading this story, I wouldn't mind reading another Steinbeck novel.

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Crystal_37
Sep 05, 2017

Is a sad book but is really easy to undersatand. I like it.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 19, 2017

Of Mice and Men is a classic novel by John Steinbeck following George an intelligent man who is responsible for looking after Lenny an aloof lower functioning man. They are both on the road trying to find honest work and keep their heads low during the great depression. They finally find a job on a farm where they meet an array of personalities. Throughout the book, George struggles to keep Lenny out of trouble and keep their job in order to make enough money to buy their own farm. Although near the end Lenny finds himself in trouble leading to a tragic end. I would recommend this book because it is quite an easy read. @GoosReviews of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Of Mice and Men is a story following two men and their adventure in achieving the ‘American Dream’ which is owning their proper ranch. However, along their journey in accomplishing that dream, they must overcome certain obstacles and learn the truth about what it means to be human while encountering friends and foes.
The author of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck, was born on February 27, 1902, in Salinas, California. During his early years, he lived a comfortable life with his family. He also worked at a ranch, which gave him the images used in Of Mice and Men. He also experienced the time of the great depression, which was the time during Of Mice and Men. This gave him the vision and idea of writing Of Mice and Men.
The purpose of this novel is to illustrate about what it means to be human. Isolation is one of many themes in the novel and the author illustrates it well in the novel. The relationship between a female character and the men in the story represents the theme isolation well. Also, the relationship between a coloured man and the rest of the characters also represents this theme very well.
Overall, this a very good read if you’re interested in the perspective that the author has on humans.
- @newtricksterx of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men follows two farm workers Lennie and George who travel from farm to farm looking for work during the Great Depression. George is a smart man while Lennie is mentally disabled. However, they both dream of having their own farm to live on, and consequently develop a close friendship because of their shared dream. The book is a gripping read as George and Lennie have to overcome many difficult obstacles on their way to owning a farm. Lennie’s mental disability and extreme strength get the two friends into trouble when he breaks their employer’s hand in a confrontation. Additionally, the Great Depression in the United States makes it almost impossible for them to buy a farm. Nevertheless George and Lennie try to accomplish their dream despite the challenges and George often consoles Lennie when he is stressed by recounting stories of the cute bunnies they will grow on their farm. Their resilient friendship makes the story emotional at times and the book as a whole is a very enjoyable read.
-@CookieMonster of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Schoolgurl95
Jun 17, 2017

This is an amazing short novel. It contains so much material for it's length. 5 stars.

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llojoh
Apr 03, 2017

Very short book, almost more like a short story. I did however enjoy it. It was a very enjoyable read.

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Mar 13, 2019

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Feb 14, 2019

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Schoolgurl95
Jun 17, 2017

"A guy needs somebody...to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you.

I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick."

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parnoosh
Jul 15, 2016

"An' I got you. We got each other, that's what."

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ssk22
Jul 06, 2016

“Just like heaven. Ever’body wants a little piece of lan’. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. It’s just in their head. They’re all the time talkin’ about it, but it’s jus’ in their head.”

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Makemoney
Jul 06, 2016

"There is a path through the willows and among the sycamores, a path beaten hard by boys coming down from the ranches to swim in the deep pool, and beaten hard by tramps who come wearily down from the highway in the evening to jungle-up near water."

Laura_X Apr 13, 2015

I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why.

black_penguin_254 Jan 24, 2014

"Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. . . . With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us."

RainbowMunchkin May 24, 2013

"Never mind you. A guy got to sometimes"( Slim117 ).

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E_Kazan
Dec 18, 2010

"You hadda George, I swear you hadda."

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miinas
Aug 03, 2016

Quick read. Very strange story. It was easy to follow. Surprise ending. I can see the dreams of the hard working men in these times dreaming of a better life. Lennie loved soft things.

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ssk22
Jul 06, 2016

The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world. Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream.

black_penguin_254 Jan 24, 2014

Two migrant workers, George and Lennie, have been let off a bus miles away from the California farm where they are due to start work. George is a small, dark man with “sharp, strong features.” Lennie, his companion, is his opposite, a giant of a man with a “shapeless” face. Overcome with thirst, the two stop in a clearing by a pool and decide to camp for the night. As the two converse, it becomes clear that Lennie has a mild mental disability, and is deeply devoted to George and dependent upon him for protection and guidance. George finds that Lennie, who loves petting soft things but often accidentally kills them, has been carrying and stroking a dead mouse. George angrily throws it away, fearing that Lennie might catch a disease from the dead animal. George complains loudly that his life would be easier without having to care for Lennie, but the reader senses that their friendship and devotion is mutual. He and Lennie share a dream of buying their own piece of land, farming it, and, much to Lennie’s delight, keeping rabbits. George ends the night by treating Lennie to the story he often tells him about what life will be like in such an idyllic place.The next day, the men report to the nearby ranch. George, fearing how the boss will react to Lennie, insists that he’ll do all the talking. He lies, explaining that they travel together because they are cousins and that a horse kicked Lennie in the head when he was a child. They are hired. They meet Candy, an old “swamper,” or handyman, with a missing hand and an ancient dog, and Curley, the boss’s mean-spirited son. Curley is newly married, possessive of his flirtatious wife, and full of jealous suspicion. Once George and Lennie are alone in the bunkhouse, Curley’s wife appears and flirts with them. Lennie thinks she is “purty,” but George, sensing the trouble that could come from tangling with this woman and her husband, warns Lennie to stay away from her. Soon, the ranch-hands return from the fields for lunch, and George and Lennie meet Slim, the skilled mule driver who wields great authority on the ranch. Slim comments on the rarity of friendship like that between George and Lennie. Carlson, another ranch-hand, suggests that since Slim’s dog has just given birth, they should offer a puppy to Candy and shoot Candy’s old, good-for-nothing dog.

RainbowMunchkin May 24, 2013

George Milton and Lennie small have been friends for a long time. Lennie acts like a child.George and Lennie move from place to place looking to find new jobs... There is a conflict between a few people in the book, and in the end George has to make a decision that will be life changing and truly upseting.

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black_panther_1845
Feb 26, 2019

Coarse Language: some bad language

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akleung
Jul 23, 2011

Violence: (Mild)

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akleung
Jul 23, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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hur74Vety
Jul 19, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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