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Of Mice and Men
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on August 9, 2015
Great story and great writer!
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on July 29, 2015
Good
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on May 2, 2015
I love this story, set during the depression, the loneliness these men must have felt and isolation must have been it must have been very sad not only that they were treated like slaves by the owners of the farms. I really liked Lennie and George and their relationship but it must have been very difficult for him to have had to have shot his best friend, but we all know why.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon February 18, 2015
Yes, this is truly a classic and it's been touted as a great movie, but the author has stumbled before - I mention The Red Pony here. Of Mice and Men needed better character development and a less shocking ending in order to meet my complete approval. However, I can recommend this book for a study group - it'll bring thought provoking discussion, but personally I didn't care for the reading.
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on January 2, 2015
classic must have for simpletons
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on December 4, 2014
John Steinbeck's of Mice and Men is one of my all time favourite books, for a number of reasons this book delivers a powerful punch that is sure to move anyone who reads it. The book was originally published in 1937 and has been adapted to film a number of times (and with some success) but it's the original novel that demands the fullest attention of readers of any genre.

Steinbeck's story is based around two travelling farm workers who have dreams and aspirations for a better life a simple dream to have their own place and a small piece of land. The two main characters feature George Milton an uneducated man but with some natural intelligence, and Lennie Small who is somewhat backward and simple but with a kind heart and enormous physical strength/

George is plays something or a guardian role for Lennie he looks out for him and tries to keep him out of trouble as much as possible. Lennie is often unaware of the consequences of his actions and cannot comprehend his strength, but has a kind heart and a love of rabbits and small soft animals.

The two soon start working on a farm and all goes well at the start but it's clear that the farm owners son (Curley) has an intense dislike of Lennie due to his larger stature and strength. Curley frequently mocks Lennie and tries to provoke him at every opportunity this ends in a physical confrontation in which Lennie crushes the hand of Curley demonstrating in a brutal way how strong he is. Despite this set back things settle down as Curley realises he was the instigator and lets thing lie.

On the ranch an older man in the shape of Candy, a worker/handyman who lost his hand in an accident offers to join the two men and contribute his savings to go with them and get a place of their own. Candy feels his days of being useful on the farm are numbers and shares the dreams of George and Lennie, but their plans are soon tested when Curly's Wife (who is clearly bored and flirts with the ranch workers) unwittingly tests the strength of Lennie with dire consequences.

It's a straight forward and simple story that harks back to the era of the great depression but seizes on the hopes and dreams of people in the time of a better life with some security. Steinbeck's ending is crushing in it's intensity as the dream becomes a shattered reality rather than take an obvious way out he's chosen to leave a very lasting impression on readers. The authors ability to absorb the reader in both the characters and environment is unsurpassed he grabs you in and refuses to let go, the title of "classic" is often banded around a bit too much, in this case the story is magnificent; the execution near flawless and without question a modern masterpiece. Regardless of your preference in books taste or genre this is not to be missed
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on November 26, 2014
John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and men is one of the most beautiful stories ever written about friendship. It is about two Americans. The thoughts and actions of the two southerners are made open for the reader to enjoy and judge. The favorite character in the book is Lenny. He came out in the story as an innocent person with a mental defect. It reminded me somehow of the hero in Disciples of Fortune with his simple and noble intentions that unfortunately attracts undesirable elements. The amazing thing about this book is that not a lot of books are based on such unique characters. Another attractive aspect of Lenny is his physical strength and hardworking nature. Yet, despite his meek nature, he was dangerous in the sense that he even killed a woman out of fear. Steinbeck successfully created a philosophical twist to life through this story by bringing to life strong but vulnerable characters that we all can relate to and even pity.
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on October 18, 2014
Anything written by John Steinbeck is golden.
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on October 18, 2014
Reminds me of high school. Looks good in my library.
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on September 14, 2014
What I was looking for
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