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Of Mice and Men [Paperback]

John Steinbeck
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Sept. 16 1993 Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century
A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression
 
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 loneliness 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.

"A thriller, a gripping tale . . . that you will not set down until it is finished. Steinbeck has touched the quick." —The New York Times


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A thriller, a gripping tale that you will not set down until it is finished. Steinbeck has touched the quick The New York Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. His complete works are published by Penguin. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Short But Great American Masterpiece May 23 2005
Format:Paperback
The story starts with George and Lennie running away from their previous town of occupation, where Lennie, in his childlike manner, wants to touch a girl's red dress but doesn't let go, resulting in shouts of rape, mass chaos, and the pair of them getting chased out of town (you don't learn all this immediately, though.) They find work at a nearby ranch, which is where most of the story takes place.
One of the things that immediately stuck out to me about this book is Steinbeck's writing style. Heavily focused on dialogue, the overall terseness and efficient use of words is only interrupted occasionally when Steinbeck describes a new scene, where he goes into great detail. Otherwise, all you see on paper is exactly what you need to understand the story; this prevents it from dragging too much, and it allows the story to progress more quickly without spending forever on the same topic. This results in a natural flow of events that won't leave you reading the same thing re-stated 10 times; as a result, you'll want to read more because you know good things are always around the turn of the page. To almost put it in a blatantly simple manner, this reads like a very complex bedtime story.
Probably the thing that sticks out most to me is the incredibly well portrayed characters. Steinbeck takes a very Hemingway-like approach in both quantity and quality of characters; he keeps the book very condensed in terms of plots, sub-plots, complex characters, etc ...(it's barely 100 pages), which means you won't be scratching your head after every chapter going, "What on earth just happened?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic tale that lives forever July 20 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My son needed this book for his English course. I had actually taught it myself. It was a pleasure to revisit the characters, the theme, the era. A classic story and at such an affordable price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of America's greatest authors March 22 2007
Format:Paperback
Stienbeck did a very good job in recreating the 1930's. He especially did a good job with the migrant workers. When Lennie and George had only two cans of beans, they carried bindles and work tickets, and how they were traveling to get to a new job really gave the reader a good example of how poor the migrant workers in this time really were, and how their lives were. Steinbeck had very good characters in the book, and they were characters that the readers could relate to. When Candy let Carlson kill his dog because it was old, he was giving up something he loved very much. That is something that readers can easily relate too. This is a very good book for younger adults to read because it addresses many different social issues. Discrimination is one of the very big issues in this book, and it is addressed extremely well by the author. The only other novel I enjoyed this much was The Bark of the Dogwood which was just absolutely fascinating and I couldn't stop turning the pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Of great men, that is Sept. 6 2005
Format:Paperback
I've only read two book recently that I would recommend to another Amazon buyer. The first was THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD (intense, funny, disturbing, and uplifting) and the second was OF MICE AND MEN. Granted, I HAD to read OF MICE AND MEN in school, but don't let that deter you from taking my suggestion. This is a fine book, with ideas and scenes that will stick with you. Steinbeck does a really good job recreating the 1930's migrant worker conditions. He has all the hardships of the workers life down, and the racism isn't going overboard. It seems as if the whole book is really true. Steinbeck's characters are completely believable. Its so easy to like his characters because they seem like real-life people. Young adults should read this book because its an easy to read, short classic novel that has a good story plot. It teaches that no matter how much you plan something or how well something is, it can always easily be messed up. It also hits on social issues such as racism, gambling, murder, and animal rights.
Also recommended: THE CHILDREN'S CORNER by Jackson McCrae-great short stories that actually make sense and have a plot-when's the last time you ran into that?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Short But Great American Masterpiece July 29 2005
Format:Paperback
The story starts with George and Lennie running away from their previous town of occupation, where Lennie, in his childlike manner, wants to touch a girl's red dress but doesn't let go, resulting in shouts of rape, mass chaos, and the pair of them getting chased out of town (you don't learn all this immediately, though.) They find work at a nearby ranch, which is where most of the story takes place.
One of the things that immediately stuck out to me about this book is Steinbeck's writing style. Heavily focused on dialogue, the overall terseness and efficient use of words is only interrupted occasionally when Steinbeck describes a new scene, where he goes into great detail. Otherwise, all you see on paper is exactly what you need to understand the story; this prevents it from dragging too much, and it allows the story to progress more quickly without spending forever on the same topic. This results in a natural flow of events that won't leave you reading the same thing re-stated 10 times; as a result, you'll want to read more because you know good things are always around the turn of the page. To almost put it in a blatantly simple manner, this reads like a very complex bedtime story.
Probably the thing that sticks out most to me is the incredibly well portrayed characters. Steinbeck takes a very Hemingway-like approach in both quantity and quality of characters; he keeps the book very condensed in terms of plots, sub-plots, complex characters, etc ...(it's barely 100 pages), which means you won't be scratching your head after every chapter going, "What on earth just happened?
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Published 4 days ago by R Lavoie
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasury of Classics from this timeless author. Steinbeck rocks!
One of my favorite authors of all time. These tales can be read multiple times. The imagery he creates will make one cry and laugh. Rich settings and characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steven B. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read this...
I haven't read this book yet but it arrived in a timely matter and in great condition. I read this in school and I can't wait to read it again.
Published 4 months ago by Kylie Materi
4.0 out of 5 stars School read
Had to read this for school, and ended up enjoying it. good read! Would read it again and recommend it!
Published 5 months ago by Barb Ashton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
My son got this for his birthday in early Dec. he is very happy being able to read these classics. Steinbeck is a great writer.
Published 8 months ago by Brendan Mark Killeen
5.0 out of 5 stars still reading
I am reading Of Mice and Men. Saw the movie and know what to expect so sometimes, even though it is beautifully written, I have to leave it and go back to it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by HowsesHouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this Book.
Steinbeck's 1930's tale of friendship amid the depression is a heart warming classic that any reader would be able to enjoy. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2011 by J Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Tell it again, George . . .
It's easy to see why Steinbeck's classic has been the subject of study for so many years; it's a master-class of literary form. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2011 by Tokyo Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars What a well read tale
I had trouble at first to separate Gary Sinise from his CSI role but he read and acted this grim tale with such hidden depths that I was quickly swept away. Read more
Published on March 22 2009 by Minette Nortje
5.0 out of 5 stars Of Mice and Men
I love stories that make you contemplate them for days or weeks after you have finished them and even superior are stories that stay with you for a lifetime. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2008 by Pauline
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