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Of Mice and Men

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ISBN13: 9780142000670
ISBN10: 0142000671
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An intimate portrait of two men who cherish the slim bond between them and the dream they share in a world marred by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. Clinging to each other in their loneliness and alienation, 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.

Of Mice and Men also represents an experiment in form, as Steinbeck described his work, "a kind of playable novel, written in novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands." A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films. Steinbeck?s tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of America?s most widely read and beloved novels.

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"Of Mice and Men is a thriller, a gripping tale running to novelette length that you will not set down until it is finished. It is more than that; but it is that....In sure, raucous, vulgar Americanism, Steinbeck has touched the quick in his little story." The New York Times

Review:

"Brutality and tenderness mingle in these strangely moving pages....The reader is fascinated by a certainty of approaching doom." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"A short tale of much power and beauty. Mr. Steinbeck has contributed a small masterpiece to the modern tough-tender school of American fiction." Times Literary Supplement [London]

Synopsis:

Celebrating its 75th anniversary, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men remains on of America's most widely read and beloved novels. An unlikely pair, George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, grasp for their American Dream in a tale of commitment, loneliness, hope and loss. From the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden, this Steinbeck Centennial Edition features French flaps and deckled pages. 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 omice an men,” begin to go awry.

Of Mice and Men also represents an experiment in form, as Steinbeck described his work, “a kind of playable novel, written in novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands.” A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films.

About the Author

John Steinbeck, born in Salinas, California, in 1902, grew up in a fertile agricultural valley, about twenty-five miles from the Pacific Coast. Both the valley and the coast would serve as settings for some of his best fiction. In 1919 he went to Stanford University, where he intermittently enrolled in literature and writing courses until he left in 1925 without taking a degree. Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962, and, in 1964, he was presented with the United States Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Steinbeck died in New York in 1968. Today, more than thirty years after his death, he remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures.

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lilydurand, March 13, 2015 (view all comments by lilydurand)
This novel tugs at the heart strings. Not only does Steinbeck utilize his creativity and descriptive style to amplify the plot line, but he also knows how use complex literary motifs to make his point. The intriguing parallel drawn with animals and humans is unique to John Steinbeck's writing and adds an interesting component. This plot will take you on the journey of hope, grief and conflicting characters. All piled together make you think more in depthly about the attainability of dreams and the role of friendship. I highly reccommend this story.
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Mjokic, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by Mjokic)
My evaluation for this book is an American Classic,

the themes in this story that make it a American classic is that it follows

1. the setting and time era- The great depression- where jobs and work culture was needed to fulfill.
2. it contains a moral value in the story- killing Shooting Lennie
3. It is a classic because it is still read and taught to students.
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Lisa Brown, September 6, 2010 (view all comments by Lisa Brown)
100 pages and change of absolute brilliance. there are very few books that i would characterize as essentially flawless, but this is one of them. the face that steinbeck is able to draw such vividly realized characters and fully develop timeless themes with just the right amount of symbolism thrown into the mix is a testament to his literary genius. anyone who loves a well crafted story would be doing themselves a favor by picking this one up.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142000670
Subtitle:
(Centennial Edition)
Author:
Steinbeck, John
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Cowboys
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Ranch life
Subject:
Western stories
Subject:
Male friendship
Subject:
Salinas River Valley
Subject:
People with mental disabilities
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
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Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
RP-599
Publication Date:
20020108
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8.42x5.66x.37 in. .32 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 112 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142000670 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Of Mice and Men is a thriller, a gripping tale running to novelette length that you will not set down until it is finished. It is more than that; but it is that....In sure, raucous, vulgar Americanism, Steinbeck has touched the quick in his little story."
"Review" by , "Brutality and tenderness mingle in these strangely moving pages....The reader is fascinated by a certainty of approaching doom."
"Review" by , "A short tale of much power and beauty. Mr. Steinbeck has contributed a small masterpiece to the modern tough-tender school of American fiction."
"Synopsis" by ,
Celebrating its 75th anniversary, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men remains on of America's most widely read and beloved novels. An unlikely pair, George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, grasp for their American Dream in a tale of commitment, loneliness, hope and loss. From the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden, this Steinbeck Centennial Edition features French flaps and deckled pages. 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 omice an men,” begin to go awry.

Of Mice and Men also represents an experiment in form, as Steinbeck described his work, “a kind of playable novel, written in novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands.” A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films.

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