Published by Covici Friede on 1937
Challenge Theme: A book you read in school
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The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world. Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream–a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie, struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy, becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes such as the friendship of a shared vision, and giving voice to America’s lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men has proved one of Steinbeck’s most popular works, achieving success as a novel, a Broadway play and three acclaimed films.
The school I went to for middle & high school made us read books every single summer. Now I love to read (obviously) but back then the last thing I wanted to do over my summer vacation was read 5-6 books. Of all the books we were told to read I think I maybe read 5 total…over 7 years! The rest of the time it was Cliffs Notes. This book was one of the ones I actually read hence why I used it for my challenge theme. I chose this one over the rest because to this day I still remember the character names and parts of the book. I figured it I still remember things I must have enjoyed the book back then. I have to say after reading this is makes me want to go back and read all the classics that I was assigned in school that I didn’t read. I feel at this age I will appreciate it more. Growing up I read for fun and to escape, having to read to write an essay or take a test takes the fun out of it.
Now for the book…it both breaks your heart and makes your heart smile at the same time. Your heart breaks for Lennie and his fate in life but it smiles for how George took care of him. Even at the end when George had to do what he did he did it with care. The book is beautifully written and a great representation of that time. I like to think that George got his piece of land in the end and that Lennie is tending the rabbits in heaven.
“We know what we got, and we don’t care whether you know it or not.”
“Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love.”
“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”
“Just like heaven. Ever’body wants a little piece of lan’. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. It’s just in their head. They’re all the time talkin’ about it, but it’s jus’ in their head.”