Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

Book - 1993
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Mar 06, 2018

I read this book for the "A Novel That Is Considered A Classic" part of my 2018 reading challenge. It was a very quick and simple read, I would have liked if it went into more detail and explained the men's lives better.

Feb 18, 2018

I read Of Mice and Men for my book club. I'm aware that it is a classic; but I'd be lying if I said that I know what qualifications make a book a classic. It's a good novel and I applaud Steinbeck for being able to tell a good story in just a little over 100 pages. Obviously, I didn't appreciate how Crooks was treated by Curley's wife; but I'm glad that the author gave him a voice rather than treating his character like common furniture in a room, especially due to his social status on the ranch. I'll admit that after reading this story, I wouldn't mind reading another Steinbeck novel.

Sep 05, 2017

Is a sad book but is really easy to undersatand. I like it.

Aug 19, 2017

Of Mice and Men is a story following two men and their adventure in achieving the ‘American Dream’ which is owning their proper ranch. However, along their journey in accomplishing that dream, they must overcome certain obstacles and learn the truth about what it means to be human while encountering friends and foes.
The author of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck, was born on February 27, 1902, in Salinas, California. During his early years, he lived a comfortable life with his family. He also worked at a ranch, which gave him the images used in Of Mice and Men. He also experienced the time of the great depression, which was the time during Of Mice and Men. This gave him the vision and idea of writing Of Mice and Men.
The purpose of this novel is to illustrate about what it means to be human. Isolation is one of many themes in the novel and the author illustrates it well in the novel. The relationship between a female character and the men in the story represents the theme isolation well. Also, the relationship between a coloured man and the rest of the characters also represents this theme very well.
Overall, this a very good read if you’re interested in the perspective that the author has on humans.
- @newtricksterx of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men follows two farm workers Lennie and George who travel from farm to farm looking for work during the Great Depression. George is a smart man while Lennie is mentally disabled. However, they both dream of having their own farm to live on, and consequently develop a close friendship because of their shared dream. The book is a gripping read as George and Lennie have to overcome many difficult obstacles on their way to owning a farm. Lennie’s mental disability and extreme strength get the two friends into trouble when he breaks their employer’s hand in a confrontation. Additionally, the Great Depression in the United States makes it almost impossible for them to buy a farm. Nevertheless George and Lennie try to accomplish their dream despite the challenges and George often consoles Lennie when he is stressed by recounting stories of the cute bunnies they will grow on their farm. Their resilient friendship makes the story emotional at times and the book as a whole is a very enjoyable read.
-@CookieMonster of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jun 17, 2017

This is an amazing short novel. It contains so much material for it's length. 5 stars.

Apr 03, 2017

Very short book, almost more like a short story. I did however enjoy it. It was a very enjoyable read.

Mar 31, 2017

I like easy reads and this is one - a very short novel. However, I find the dialogues to be too 'rustic' for my liking. Still, the story is interesting. I think the film versions (there are two) are more entertaining.

Mar 22, 2017

This is very emotional throughout the book. The bonding through dreams, the let downs when problems arise with Curly and his wife and the solution that George faces pulls on everyone's emotional heart strings.

Two men seek jobs during the Great Depression. Both have challenges. Throughout the story their friendship strengthens until one gets into trouble. This book is one of my favorites because it shows how strong friendship can be. - Franchesca, Teen Volunteer

Sep 15, 2016

This book was amazing. Very tough, a lot of language but amazing. I loved the story from chapter 1 and all the characters were interesting.
You'll cry so so much at the end, I don't want to give anything away, but it is the saddest book ever. Simply amazing though.
Though I am in grade 8, I'd say this book is good for ages 16 to 1000
Very mature teens of younger ages (like me) would love this too. If you get the story, you'll love the story!

Aug 23, 2016

This book was very interesting to read because of the setting (back then) and the detail put into the book. The book really left me thinking whenever death occurred. It was hard to understand why it happened to the characters and the reactions the people had were kind of disappointing.

Aug 03, 2016

(Only in jest, of course) - But, if you ask me - I think that this short novel (only 106 pages), which John Steinbeck wrote in 1937, would have been more appropriately titled - "Of Rabbits, Puppies, Mice and Men".

Like, I don't know exactly how many times either the word "rabbits" or "puppies" came up in the story, but, I'll bet you that it came pretty close to being about 100 times. It's true.

And - Yeah. Yeah. - I know full-well that "Of Mice and Men" is considered by many to be an undisputed classic of 20th Century literature - But, with that said - Let me tell ya - I tried and tried, as I read along, to warm up to the 2 main characters in this tale - But, time and again, I found myself feeling pretty blase' about these 2 drifters and the situation that inevitably escalated around them.

Now, don't get me wrong here - I didn't hate "Of Mice and Men". No, I didn't. But, in all honesty, the best grading that I could come up with for this 80-year-old story was just an average 2.5-star rating (which really isn't so bad.... Is it?)

Aug 03, 2016

SPL Summer Book Bingo: You finish reading in a day

Jul 06, 2016

Breathtaking prose, touching characters and a heart breaking ending. Who said only lengthy novel can make an impact?

Jul 06, 2016

Breathtaking prose, touching characters and a heart breaking ending. Who said only lengthy novel can make an impact?

Jun 27, 2016

We read of Mice and Men in school this year. I understand it is a classic and don't have anything against classics, but this book didn't do anything for me.

Firstly, I found the book (generally) uneventful and the characters annoying. The dialogue got on my nerves very much.

The book was very boring and blah until around page 75 (there are only around 100 pages) and I couldn't get into it.

I do not recommend this book unless you are looking for historical fiction about the great depression.

OK. I know full-well that Of Mice And Men is considered (almost unanimously) to be a true classic of 20th Century literature - But, with that aside - I personally found that I just couldn't get into this novel's storyline, at all, nor could I warm-up to the characters who were depicted in it.

First off - I found Of Mice And Men contained way too much contemptuous dialogue for my liking. And, secondly, the overall attitude that prevailed in the story was that of just plain mean-mindedness, for the most part.

Now, don't get me wrong here. I didn't hate this book. No. It's just that I think Of Mice And Men has been far too over-rated since it was first published, some 80 years ago.

And, if you find that you disagree with what I've said about Of Mice And Men, that's OK. 'Cause, Hey! - We're all entitled to our opinions, providing, of course, that they are rational.

Jun 01, 2016

A tragic tale of difficult decisions in the face of difficult circumstances, OF MICE AND MEN tells the story of an unlikely pair of friends, George Milton and Lennie Small. George is smart but small, trying his darnedest to stay out of trouble and scrape together enough money as a ranch hand to make something of himself. However, he's forced to rove because of his connection to his friend Lennie. Lennie is a gigantic, lumbering man whose size makes him a great farmworker, but unfortunately, he is a bit dim-witted and cannot stay out of trouble. He's a gentle giant, never meaning to cause harm, but people don't seem to understand him, forcing him and by proxy George to flee town after town in the middle of the night in hopes of work elsewhere. George and Lennie find themselves at a new ranch where the son of the owner, a guy named Curley, seems to want to fight everyone just to prove his manliness. He has a new wife who also seems to have an eye for every man but her husband, which worries George. He repeatedly warns Lennie to stay out of trouble and keep quiet. It's an interesting picture painting of working on someone else's farm, the spectrum of people one encounters and the hard truths you just come to expect. The relationship between George and Lennie is incredibly interesting. Author John Steinbeck tirelessly worked on this unconventional male-male bond to figure out why George would stand by a guy like Lennie. A woman named Aunt Clara asked for this favour to end all favours upon her death bed, but as a reader, I and many others have sensed something more. Their relationship and George's general uneasiness about women give me the impression that perhaps George is gay in a time that was unkind to homosexuality. But there is no evidence, either way. That's one of the great things about OF MICE AND MEN -- it is so open to interpretation, from the connection between this odd couple to what you get out of that iconic ending. What you get out of it says more about you than about them. Regardless, it is a beautiful relationship mired in trouble from the get-go. And even if you know the fate of these two, the journey is worth more than the destination. I highly recommend giving this classic a shot.

Nov 26, 2015

Selected for the Logan Central Monday Book Club in 2016. For a full list of 2016 selections, see the Logan Central Monday Book Club list.

Oct 13, 2015

Beautifully sad!

JohnnyBookworm Sep 08, 2015

There are millions and millions of books we can read and enjoy. “Of Mice and Men” is a story that is very emotional and miserable. I like this story very much, because it talks about love, friendship and consequences. These things will always be around us, so we all need to learn and know about them.

Aug 02, 2015

worst book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 26, 2015

This book does an amazing job of developing the characters, setting, and mood. It's short, but it's very powerful. Great piece of classic literature.

Jun 26, 2015

One of the best books I have ever ready!!!!
Love the characters specially Lennie
This book is hilarious, smart and worth reading :))

Jun 14, 2015

Classic for a reason

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