My wife teaches this book every year to her 10th graders. This is always their favorite book of the year. After reading it a couple years back I can see why. It's beautifully written.
Whats this book about?
I think if you read the other comments posted here, you will get a sense of what the story is about. Two brothers are the central characters and the younger brother is mentally challenged. He gets into serious trouble quite frequently and the older brother is always there to support him. At one point when it gets really bad the older brother has to make a tough choice about whether to turn him in or not. I don't want to say much more, because I don't want to give the whole story away in case you want to read the book.
What is your favorite part of the book
read it if you want to know what is a good novel.
I had read this book thirty years ago....I do not remember names of characters, except that there is a fat big guy and a thin normal guy, the fat being an imbecile. Friendship between them really moves you...They become fugitives when the foolish guy does some crime.. At the end I think the friend himself had to shoot him. It is a very small book you can finish in one sitting..But Steinbeck works somewhere on your conscience.. and you never forget incidents like this: In a temporary hideout, the small guy opens a can of boiled beans to share between them.. and the fat guy says, "I want ketchup". Just think of the intervening thirty years between me and the book.. Read it.. I would like to read it once more..
It's also around thirty years ago that I read Of Mice and Men. What I can still remember well now was the American Negro accent the characters used which got my tongue all twisted after I finished reading it.
You read this book with your heart in your mouth dont you ? In your heart of hearts you know what is going to happen and you wish you could stop it ! makes me cry everytime
Of Mice and Men is quite possibly the sweetest tale of two friends ever. They accept each other for who they are. They goof off with each other and always look after one another. It is so touching and I've enjoyed reading every page of it.
(: i hope everyone else's spirit was so lifted by it.
A short novel that makes one reanalyze his/her dreams and the actions we take or not to fulfill them.
A soul touching story, about real life in the 1930's American farms, centered around humans' natural wish for accomplishment. A display of belief in human dignity, devotion, but also fatal destiny and trust in the power of man to end his own dreams/aspiration.
It can easily pass as a story about ruined dreams, with tragic ending, but at a deeper look it is full of sensibility, revealing true understanding of human soul and mind.
In terms of style, it resembles a theater play due to the dense dialogue.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is about two men going out to find work to make money so they can buy acres of their own. They travel to a farm and start to work there as barley buckers. The two men, George and Lennie have been traveling together for along time since they ran away from their old home. Lennie is just a big baby he may be a grown man be he has a mind of a little boy. He is a very stong person and loves to put things. George is his best friend and he looks after Lennie. Though this book has a tragic ending it's very good
I had to read this as a school text. Not what I would have chosen, but it was an interesting perspective of people and their mindset.
That there is the crux of the book.. Indeed: the insight into behaviours and thinking when ordinary people do extra-ordinary things or unexpected things!!... Indeed
that is such a good book, i'v read it like a hundred times!!!
this book actually drove me to tears. the way john steinbeck describes the act of sacrifice shown by george is outstanding. i wil never again read a book close to this. its amazing i sugest you read everyone read it
it does draw at your soul's strings. I find that the author was visionary because it the same type of sacrifices that had to be made by many homosexuals prior to being "partially accepted in the "normal society and even today there are challenges.
Great book! RB
This is a very sad book. My favorite character dies!
Yes and this happens to us in real life.. oour facourite pople die and they leave us..
I find that the format taught me to deal with such a loss i was able to experience the pain and hurt "safely " before it did actually occur.. I was in far better control that all expected.. just because I had read "of Mice & Men.. Tks John S.
I have always thought this book very sad. Then, I saw the movie. The movie is sadder. I could never reread it.
I read this book in high school and I loved!
it was an interesting book to read at high school.
i've read this in high school it is still a favorite
“I read this book recently and though at first it wasn't my favorite, it grew on me. Though this book was very sad at times, it is still definitely one of my favorite books.
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Hi my name is chris and I didn't plan on reading this book and I was wondering if the book was well put together and someone said that some guy dies who is it please tell I will be receiving messages every day during my forth block class at APHS so write back when you get this message.
I think this book is a metaphore of how friends can be torn apart. i read a few days ago and i thought it was a very sad book. one of my favorites.
I like this book its was very good. But I think they would have made it to the ranch if Curleys wife could have left Lennie alone. It was messed up George had to kill Lennie.
I really liked this book, but I have the nagging suspicion that I missed something important- does anyone have any other ideas about what the mimce and that puppy represented besides the fragile dreams of the Great Depression?
how can a man become famous for writing badly about important things?
When I found out I had to read this book I was unhappy. But once I got into and read it I really enjoyed it. Great Noval.
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I loved this book!!
I recently read this book. I liked it very much. The way Lennie's talks to others, particularly to George, is quite interesting with a sense of childish humor. Their friendship is selflessness. At one side you find George who understands his friend, has goodwill for him and wants to save him from any peril but is unable to do so, on the other hand you see Lennie who takes George as a child takes to his mother, with a strong body but juvenile mind. If you have power with immaturity, definitely you or anybody close to you, are going to be in danger, something similar to 'An enemy is better than a fool friend'. The same thing happens with Lennie and his friend, George again and again. Finally a tired George kills Lennie himself and the story ends with a tragic end.
this book was good.
This book is well. George is so great and i would like to befriend him. He is a great person although he makes stupid mistakes sometimes but is strong like me
A very touching book with a heart wrenching ending that made me feel so sad. All emotions aside, this book is one of those memorable ones that you'll want to come back again.
Paying attention to the long descriptive passages at the beginning of each section, discuss the ways in which the novel is similar to a theatrical play. Do these similarities strengthen or weaken the novel? How?
The value of any friendship is rarely ever known outside the test of adversity. There is adversity and then there is great adversity. George and Lennie (the main characters) have had adversities. In Of Mice and Men we see them face great adversity.
As a literary peice it is immaculately presented conveying with succinct but brilliant detail its setting and characters.
As a social commentary it is powerful.
That being said, most of my working life has been with people suffering mental ill health/disability so the resolution of this story displeases me greatly. It implies the best disabled person is a dead disabled person which is an untruth that continues to be upheld in popular story-telling (see Million Dollar Baby and the Sea Within).
Read it, if for nothing else, for its value as a classic.
It just shows you how intolerant people are as a rule. There are prejudices not only in color, religion but in disabilities, both physical and mental. Yes, it's a hard book to read. It makes you cringe, angry and sad all at once. It's a hard book to read but I think it's one of Steinbeck's best and is a must for any book lover.
The most heartfelt boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooook i haz evva herd.
The book was interesting... but slightly disturbing.
If this book had a sequel what could it be about?
George's brother running from the law.
John Steinbeck set the literary world ablaze with the epic duo of George and Lennie. They are the best two man team hands down. Who else ranks in your top duos of all time? 1. George and Lennie, 2. Batman and Robin, 3. Homes and Watson, 4. Frodo and Sam, 5. Han Solo and Chewbacca. Honorable mentions: Simon and Garfunkel, Shrek and Donkey
It's very interesting to see how much more George needed Lennie. George continued to belittle Lennie, saying that if he didn't have to take care of Lennie, he could live a successful life and do all the things he had hoped to do. But who's to say this is true, wouldn't George be just as much of a failure without having to take care of Lennie? I found a lot of similarity between George and Curley's wife, who also blamed her mother and her husband for her failed acting career. And both characters had to express their hopes and dreams onto Lennie. The character Crooks represents this need for people to have companionship no matter who that companion may be. And the death of Lennie may represent the death of George's hopeless dreams and his ability to finally own up to their own life's failures