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Of Mice and Men (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)

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ISBN13: 9780140177398
ISBN10: 0140177396
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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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nmsmerillo, November 20, 2014 (view all comments by nmsmerillo)
I would recommend this book to another person, it’s a sad tale about the struggles of obtaining the “American Dream”. It displays the hardship of migrant workers trying to make it in America. It’s a good quick read that covers a wide variety of themes and events. The lives of Lennie and George are a rollercoaster ride that has a tragic end.
Lennie and George’s dependent relationship is a key aspect of “Of Mice and Men”. Lennie’s mental disabilities makes him unable to care for himself so George looks after him while they travel around the west working. They both benefit from this relationship enough George would hate to admit that he needs Lennie in his life. Lennie makes it so he doesn’t have to live life alone and I think George likes having someone that needs him. George gives Lennie hope for a better future where they can live on their own land and he can tend to their rabbits.

To Lennie I think the rabbits symbolize this better future and his “American Dream”. Through Steinbeck’s use of foreshadowing one can figure that this story doesn’t come to a happy ending. “‘Hide in the brush till I come for you. Can you remember that?’” (15). George having Lennie repeat this phrase over and over again shows that it would have importance later in the novella. The use of foreshadowing made it easy to predict what was going to happen at the end of the novel, but I think this book is still worth reading because of it’s use of other literary elements such as imagery, and the overall message the novel sends to the reader.
Steinbeck’s use of imagery in describing the setting of the novella captivates the reader. “The water is warm too, for it has slipped twinkling over the yellow sands in the sunlight before reaching the narrow pool. On one side of the river golden foothill slopes curves up to the strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains” (1). He gets so in depth in his description of the settings and the characters you feel like you’re there and a part of the story. In all of his descriptions of the setting you can paint a clear picture of what is taking place and it makes the story easier to follow. The imagery syncs up with the context of the work.
The overall message I think “Of Mice and Men” sends is that not every “American Dream” comes true, that it is harder than it looks to succeed in America. All Lennie and George want is to have a stake of land they can call their own. They constantly become close to reaching this dream, but Lennie always gets into trouble right when they are almost there.
I would highly recommend “Of Mice and Men” to you. It covers a too familiar tale in different light while keeping up with an advanced reader.
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nmsmerillo, November 20, 2014 (view all comments by nmsmerillo)
I would recommend this book to another person, it’s a sad tale about the struggles of obtaining the “American Dream”. It displays the hardship of migrant workers trying to make it in America. It’s a good quick read that covers a wide variety of themes and events. The lives of Lennie and George are a rollercoaster ride that has a tragic end.
Lennie and George’s dependent relationship is a key aspect of “Of Mice and Men”. Lennie’s mental disabilities makes him unable to care for himself so George looks after him while they travel around the west working. They both benefit from this relationship enough George would hate to admit that he needs Lennie in his life. Lennie makes it so he doesn’t have to live life alone and I think George likes having someone that needs him. George gives Lennie hope for a better future where they can live on their own land and he can tend to their rabbits.

To Lennie I think the rabbits symbolize this better future and his “American Dream”. Through Steinbeck’s use of foreshadowing one can figure that this story doesn’t come to a happy ending. “‘Hide in the brush till I come for you. Can you remember that?’” (15). George having Lennie repeat this phrase over and over again shows that it would have importance later in the novella. The use of foreshadowing made it easy to predict what was going to happen at the end of the novel, but I think this book is still worth reading because of it’s use of other literary elements such as imagery, and the overall message the novel sends to the reader.
Steinbeck’s use of imagery in describing the setting of the novella captivates the reader. “The water is warm too, for it has slipped twinkling over the yellow sands in the sunlight before reaching the narrow pool. On one side of the river golden foothill slopes curves up to the strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains” (1). He gets so in depth in his description of the settings and the characters you feel like you’re there and a part of the story. In all of his descriptions of the setting you can paint a clear picture of what is taking place and it makes the story easier to follow. The imagery syncs up with the context of the work.
The overall message I think “Of Mice and Men” sends is that not every “American Dream” comes true, that it is harder than it looks to succeed in America. All Lennie and George want is to have a stake of land they can call their own. They constantly become close to reaching this dream, but Lennie always gets into trouble right when they are almost there.
I would highly recommend “Of Mice and Men” to you. It covers a too familiar tale in different light while keeping up with an advanced reader.
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TyAna, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by TyAna)
I am a huge literature fan, but I never took the time to read this book. I am so very glad that I finally decided to read it. Once I read the first page, I couldn’t put it down. Of Mice of Men is an amazing piece of literature. The story of George and Lennie took me by surprise; weaving me through hilarious and fun adventures. Their friendship is amazing and the emotions that came from this book left me breathless and at loss for words. This book is one of my favorites and I greatly recommend it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140177398
Author:
Steinbeck, John
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Prince Frederick, Md.
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Men
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Cowboys
Subject:
Ranch life
Subject:
Western stories
Subject:
Male friendship
Subject:
Male friendship -- Fiction.
Subject:
Salinas River Valley
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Series:
Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century
Series Volume:
201625
Publication Date:
19930931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
7.61x4.36x.30 in. .17 lbs.
Media Run Time:
040000
Age Level:
from 18

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