monica moniker, August 15, 2012 (view all comments by monica moniker)
The short novel is really a special thing. Sitting down and reading a story in a day, a story so full of drama and action and emotion, isn't something you can always do with a longer book. This classic is a perfect length and is heartbreaking to the last page. It reads like an image before you and breathes in an incredibly human way. Never having had to read it in a high school class or some other academic setting, I was free to emote along with the book, and not feel pressured to analyze it. However, it is so perfectly constructed that my mind automatically saw the richness in the writing and the analysis took its own course and made the piece even more enjoyable.
bmgg, October 8, 2009 (view all comments by bmgg)
A great, simple to understand book.The book takes place during the era of the dust bowl and tells of a story between two friends who are trying to survive in a world where loneliness takes the place of friendship. Though the book is small, it tells an amazing and powerful story that everyone can relate to.
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Over seventy-five years since its first publication, Steinbecks tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of Americas 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, 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, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.
Of Mice and Menrepresents an experiment in form, which Steinbeck described as a kind of playable novel, written in a 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. This edition features an introduction by Susan Shillinglaw.
Todays foremost Steinbeck scholar writes an extended meditation on the influence of The Grapes of Wrath, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of its first publication
In this compelling biography of a book, Susan Shillinglaw delves into John Steinbecks classic to explore the cultural, social, political, scientific, and creative impact of The Grapes of Wrath upon first publication, as well as its enduring legacy. First published in April 1939, Steinbecks National Book Awardwinning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. The story of their struggle remains eerily relevant in todays America and stands as a portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, in the souls of the people.”
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