of mice and men

title: Of Mice and Men

author: John Steinbeck

genre: Fiction, dreams, heartbreak

dates read: July 8th – July 9th

review: 5 out of 5 stars

summary: George and Lennie are best friends, George is the brains and Lennie’s the brawn. They’ve known each other since they were young, when Lennie was under the care of his aunt Clara. After Aunt Clara died, George started taking care of Lennie. Lennie has the mindset of a young child, though his large stature and strength are not to be trifled with. This combination is proven to be deadly and had caused them to lose their jobs and put them in the run. They are about to start a new job, with dreams of buying their own place and but having to answer to anyone.

personal thoughts: What a tragic story! My dad really likes Steinbeck so it’s a little sad that I’m only now reading this (I have read “Cannery Row”). I loved the descriptions of the environment, the way the story was laid out. The innocence of Lennie and the shrewdness of George made for an interesting and dynamic pair. I felt that this highlighted the cruelty of some people, the mistrust that is so prevalent in society. While not a happy story, I really enjoyed it. Sometimes life sucks, and but everything happens the way we want it to.

favorite quotes:
“At about ten o’clock in the morning the sun threw a bright dust-laden bar through one of the side windows, and in and out of the beams flies shot like rushing stars.” p. 19

“His hands, large and lean, were as delicate in their action as those of a temple dancer.” p. 37


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