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Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men
Author: John Steinbeck
Over seventy-five years since its first publication, Steinbeck’s tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of America’s most widely read and taught novels. An unlikely pair, George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, grasp for their American Dream. They hustle work when they can...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780140186420
ISBN-10: 0140186425
Publication Date: 2/1/1994
Pages: 144
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 117 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Of Mice and Men on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Who doesn't love this book? If you actually got through high school without reading it, you should read it.
lectio avatar reviewed Of Mice and Men on + 88 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
The American Library Association has consistently had to deal with the fact that this classic novel continues to rank among the top ten most frequently challenged books. The title, taken from Robert Burns famous line the best laid schemes o' mice an' men Gang aft agley foreshadows the story of George and Lennie, two migrant workers who dream of someday owning their own little farm where they can settle down to live off the fatta the lan. Like all classic pieces of literature Of Mice and Men, which is set during the depression and deals with universal themes like friendship, isolation, cruelty, innocence, compassion, cowardliness, courage, and love reveals aspects of the human condition that are timeless. Another reason this book is a classic is that instead of simply telling a sad story about a child-like, developmentally disabled man and his friend who has taken on the responsibility of looking out for him, Steinbeck gives us a chance to get to know them. By the end of the book its hard not to feel moved and touched by what happens to characters we have come to understand and care about. On the other hand not everyone who reads the book ends up feeling that way. Apparently theres plenty there to offend all kinds of people -- animal rights people are upset because of what happens to Candys dog and Lennies puppy. Civil rights activists protest the character and treatment of Crooks, the black hired hand who sleeps in a separate bunk house from the other ranch workers. Feminists complain about the stereotypical treatment of Curlys wife and the notable absence of any strong female characters. Some people feel the portrayal of Lennie is demeaning to persons with disabilities. And of course, staunchly religious folks are outraged at the suggestion that mercy killing can be the form that love takes. Nevertheless this book remains a classic piece of American literature and having read it I have a pretty good reason why.
mickmckeown avatar reviewed Of Mice and Men on + 14 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This classic novel tells the tragic tale of Lennie Small and George Milton. They are out of luck and out of work migrant workers roaming the highways of California during the 1920s. The depression is the backdrop for the story but that does not prevent Lennie and George from dreaming big. Steinbeck paints a masterful and brilliant portrait of a bygone era that still resonates today. Every time I read this book it reads differently. This is required reading for most high schools. Fifteen years after I originally read I still love it. However, the difference between reading it at 14 and 28 is amazing. Lennie and George are some of the best characters of 20th Century Literature. I highly reccommend picking this one up.
reviewed Of Mice and Men on + 33 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This is one of my favorite American classics. Sure it ends on a very sad note, but it is still a book that deserves its place in the halls of literature canon. I love sharing it with students too because their reactions are usually very strong. There are no passive readers of this story, just listeners who didn't care to listen or readers who didn't really read.
sandyfl avatar reviewed Of Mice and Men on + 42 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
From the back cover: "Traveling across America in search of who you are - now they do it on cycles, in cars, by bus or in the time-honored tradition of foot and thumb. The wanderers of today may wear their hair long and speak a different jargon, but their trip is one that men (and women) have taken for as long as this country has been pushing at its frontiers.

John Steinbeck writes of such a trip in Of Mice and Men: the desperate longing of men for some kind of home - roots that they can believe in, land that they can care for - and the painful search for self. This beautiful, timeless novel speaks of the love that men can feel for each other - one inarticulate, dumb, sometimes violent in his need; the other clever, hopeful, and tied to a responsibility he thinks he doesn't want."

Warning: This book includes violence, obsenities and profanity. Not recommended for children. At 118 pages and large print, it's a quick read.
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reviewed Of Mice and Men on + 51 more book reviews
This story is not to be missed. Don't let it's lack of length decieve you into thinking there isn't enough space to develop good characters and an excellent plot. READ THIS ONE.
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a classic
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Wonderfully written classic.
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A touching, classic story
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This book contains a great deal of swearing! Other than that, I really like this book! The themes are great! The story is so very intriguing. What a picture of life during the Great Depression. The ending took me completely by surprise! It gives you a lot to think about.
maxdlove avatar reviewed Of Mice and Men on
I found this book to be emotionaly guided with a corky standpoint as well as rounded with a Drmatic twist that brings it's readers tearing up if not crying. culturally, the writing changes as charectors come in and out of the picure giving everything and everone their own personalities. if your looking for a Classic Drama, with heart; feed your soul with this book, it'll fill you right up!
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Haven't read this since high school. Saw it very differently. Steinbeck is a master.
AmandaBullock avatar reviewed Of Mice and Men on + 10 more book reviews
Just finished reading and decoding every small aspect of this book for a literature class and I'm currently torn between adoring it, and being ready to throw it across the room.
Three things are for certain: it's a novella you won't want to put down until it's over, the ending will get you every time, and you will fall absolutely in love with the characters.
Steinbeck was a genius.
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THis is a superb little classic and heartbreaking in its simplicity. Steinbeck is a master at creating such vivid characters in such a limited number of pages.

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