Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

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...

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Of Mice and Men Reviews

  • Kemper

    I needed a quick read because I stupidly forgot that the library would be closed yesterday for Veteran's Day. I'd exhausted my current supply, and I needed a short term fix to hold me until I could get some new product today. So I grabbed Of Mice and Men off the bookshelf last night.

    And I'm glad I did because I'd somehow remembered that this was a depressing book. How wrong I was! Oh, sure there were some tense moments like when you think Lennie will accidently hurt Curley's wife in the barn. Wh

    I needed a quick read because I stupidly forgot that the library would be closed yesterday for Veteran's Day. I'd exhausted my current supply, and I needed a short term fix to hold me until I could get some new product today. So I grabbed Of Mice and Men off the bookshelf last night.

    And I'm glad I did because I'd somehow remembered that this was a depressing book. How wrong I was! Oh, sure there were some tense moments like when you think Lennie will accidently hurt Curley's wife in the barn. What a relief when George and Candy come in at the last minute and stop anything bad from happening! And isn't it nice that the scare changes both Curley and his wife so that they have a much better marriage and new appreciation for each other.

    Plus, it leads to the great moment when Curley is so grateful that he fronts George, Lennie and Candy the money to finally buy the ranch of their dreams. Oh, and that last scene with George and Candy on the porch of their new home while Lennie tends the rabbits brought a tear to my eye.

    What's that you say? I got the ending wrong? No, I'm quite certain this is what happened. No! Be quiet! I can't hear you! LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA

  • Andy

    It's the way Steinbeck describes things that gets me.

    "Crooks, the negro stable buck, had his bunk in the harness room; a little shed that leaned off the wall of the barn. On one side of the little room there was a square four-paned window, and on the other, a narrow plank door leading into the barn. Crooks' bunk was a long box filled with straw, on which his blankets were flung. On the wall by the window there were pegs on which hung broken harness in process of being mended; strips of new leath

    It's the way Steinbeck describes things that gets me.

    "Crooks, the negro stable buck, had his bunk in the harness room; a little shed that leaned off the wall of the barn. On one side of the little room there was a square four-paned window, and on the other, a narrow plank door leading into the barn. Crooks' bunk was a long box filled with straw, on which his blankets were flung. On the wall by the window there were pegs on which hung broken harness in process of being mended; strips of new leather; and under the window itself a little bench for leather-working tools, curved knives and needles and balls of linen thread, and a small hand riveter. On pegs were also pieces of harness, a split collar with the horsehair stuffing sticking out, a broken hame, and a trace chain with its leather covering split. Crooks had his apple box over his bunk, and in it a range of medicine bottles, both for himself and for the horses. There were cans of saddle soap and a drippy can of tar with its paint brush sticking over the edge. And scattered about the floor were a number of personal possessions; for, being alone, Crooks could leave his things about, ad being a stable buck and a cripple, he was more permanent than the other men, and he had accumulated more possessions than he could carry on his back."

    None of this is relevant to the story, and yet a middle chapter opens up with this vivid scene. Steinbeck succeeds because the characters he paints in your head are exact. The first time I saw the movie that was made out of this story, it was just as I had envisioned it. Though the story great itself, the reason I will come back to this book is for the little things, the very things that have made me love Steinbeck so much.

    I first read Of Mice And Men my sophomore year of high school, when it was a required reading in Mrs. Beeler's class. I recall disliking almost all required school readings up to this point (though admittedly I had skipped out on the summer reading project of "The Grapes Of Wrath"). When this book was assigned, I knew it was different. I blew through it, reading it in a day or two, even though I wasn't supposed to. For once there was a school book that I enjoyed. And all the credit in the world to my teacher, who chose other good books the rest of the year. So it's been 6-7 years since I've read this, and now, reading it for the second time, it's just as memorable as I remember. The story sticks with you, the imagery sticks. The characters are among Steinbeck's best, painted in such a crystal clear vision of the time.

    It's a near perfect short story, and one that I will surely revisit throughout my life.

  • Shayantani Das

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

  • Bookdragon Sean

    I remember reading this at school at being completely uninterested in the story. I remember the teacher droning on about basic plot allegories before we read each section; she would tell us what certain things “meant” before we had even seen them. She would explain how this portrays a vital part of American culture and a vital element of human nature. All in all we were told what to see in the book before we even began reading.

    Perhaps she should have just let us read it first, and see what we t

    I remember reading this at school at being completely uninterested in the story. I remember the teacher droning on about basic plot allegories before we read each section; she would tell us what certain things “meant” before we had even seen them. She would explain how this portrays a vital part of American culture and a vital element of human nature. All in all we were told what to see in the book before we even began reading.

    Perhaps she should have just let us read it first, and see what we took from it before being told how to read it. I hated it at the time. I hated being told that passages meant certain things when clearly criticism is just speculation. This wasn’t effective teaching: it was being told how to think. She should have prized open our minds and made us engage with it more. When I approached it again years later I did so with more of an open mind, I was determined to find more in the book than I’d been taught to see.

    And I did. Lenny and George naively dream of the farm; they dream of a retreat where they can reside in friendship without having to answer to any master. They wouldn’t have to go to work; they can simply work for themselves. Running their own farm would mean that they are self-sustainable. They could grow crops for themselves and choose when they laboured: they would be free. Well George wants this. Lenny just wants a few rabbits to pet. The attractiveness of the dream draws in Candy, who is very old and very lonely. He doesn’t want to end up like his dog: put down because of his years. He wants someone to protect him and care for him in his advanced years. The three become united by this shared dream but it is nothing but fancy.

    Indeed, the American dream doesn’t exist in this book. Only harsh cold reality awaits the protagonists. Crooks, for all his cruel and understandable bitterness, was right in the end. The farm is just a dream. It is evocative of the loneliness within the human soul, and how we will always long for the impossible. It’s impossible because there is no sunset over the rainbow. Life doesn’t quite work like that. People don’t always get what they want. The world is a cruel unforgiving place here. This is embodied by Lenny; he is vulnerable and emotionally weak. He is completely unaware of the vicious strength he possesses. He never truly understands the situation. He almost walks through the world blind. The world he sees is different to that of everyone else’s.

    So this is a story about the outsiders, about the unloved and misunderstood. This a story about those that long for an alternative to the drudgery of standard human existence, but have their expectations cut short. This is a story about how we judge people based upon their appearance and how we label them unjustly. This is a story that Mary Shelley would have loved, a story where a character with an innocent heart is destroyed by the world he should have been accepted by.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    608. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck

    Of Mice and Men is a novella written by author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United States.

    عنوانها: موشها و آدمها؛ نویسنده: جان استاینبک (اشتاین بک)؛ انتشاراتیهای: اساطیر، امیرکبیر، کانون معرفت، زرین، مدبر، علی فرهنگی، سعیدی، چکاوک، گلبرگ برزین، جنگل، در

    608. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck

    Of Mice and Men is a novella written by author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United States.

    عنوانها: موشها و آدمها؛ نویسنده: جان استاین‌بک (اشتاین بک)؛ انتشاراتیهای: اساطیر، امیرکبیر، کانون معرفت، زرین، مدبر، علی فرهنگی، سعیدی، چکاوک، گلبرگ برزین، جنگل، در دانش، گلمهر، گویش نو، ماهی، و ...؛ ادبیات؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 1974 میلادی

    عنوان: موشها و آدمها؛ نویسنده: جان استاین‌بک (اشتاین بک)؛ مترجم: پرویز داریوش؛ تهران، امیرکبیر، چاپ دوم 1340، در 104 ص؛ چاپ سوم 1356، چاپ چهارم 1362؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، کانون معرفت، 1345، در 184 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، زرین، 1362، در 202 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، اساطیر، 1366 ، در 137 ص؛ چاپ بعدی 1389، در 136 ص؛ شابک: 9789643314675؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، مدبر، 1370، در 167 ص؛ چاپ بعدی 1388، در 172 ص، شابک: 9789646631670؛ چاپ دیگر: انتشارات علمی فرهنگی، 1394، در 139 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 20 م

    مترجم: ولی الله ابراهیمی؛ تهران، سعیدی، 1348، در 175 ص؛ چاپ بعدی 1363، در 203 ص؛

    مترجم: مهدی خوانساری؛ تهران، چکاوک، 1362، در 195 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، پگاه، 1369، در 195 ص؛

    مترجم: گلبرگ برزین؛ تهران، گلمهر، 1381، در 137 ص؛ شابک: 9647438060؛ در 137 ص؛

    مترجم: الهام تابع احمدی؛ اصفهان، جنگل، 1382، در 79 ص؛ دو زبانه، شابک: 9646089857؛

    مترجم: محمدصادق شریعتی؛ تهران، گویش نو، 1387، در 87 ص؛ دو زبانه، شابک: 9789649616841؛

    مترجم: پریسا محمدی؛ کرج، در دانش، 1387، در 102 ص؛ شابک: 9789641740940؛

    مترجم: سروش حبیبی؛ تهران، ماهی، 1388، در 154 ص؛ شابک: 9789642090594؛ چاپ دوم 1392؛ چاپ پنجم 1395؛ شابک: 9789642091522؛ در 160 ص؛

    مترجم: مینا فراهانی؛ تهران، فرهنگ زبان، 1389، در 84 ص؛ دو زبانه، شابک: 9789648794670؛

    مترجم: ایمان قادری؛ تهران، ابرسفید، 1391، در 227 ص؛ شابک: 9786009254507؛

    مترجم: احسان قادری؛ تهران، ابرسفید، چاپ دوم 1393، در 216 ص؛ شابک: 9786009254507؛

    مترجم: مهدی افشار؛ تهران، به سخن، 1394، در 160 ص؛ شابک: 9786007987018؛

    مترجم: فرزام حبیبی اصفهانی؛ تهران، زاویه، 1395، در 154 ص؛ شابک: 9789649562032؛ چاپ دیگر، نشر هرم، 1395؛ شابک: 9789648882674؛

    جرج میلتون، و «لنی اسمال» دو دوست که در اسبداری‌ها روزگار خویش می‌گذرانند. آرزوی دیرین آنها این است که روزی جایی را بخرند و در آنجا

    خرگوش پرورش دهند. لنی، از کودکی از نوازش چیزهای نرم خوشش میآید، و زور بازوی بسیار دارد. او چندان باهوش نیست. دچار دردسر میشود، به ویژه هنگامی که زن پسر ارباب، کرلی، از او میخواهد تا موهایش را نوازش کند. لنی ناخواسته زن بیچاره را می‌کشد، و از ترس می‌گریزد. کرلی خشمگین، با مردانش در پی یافتن و از پای درآوردن لنی، راهی میشوند. جرج هم به رغم سوگندش برای پشتیبانی از لنی به گروه میپیوندد. و ... ا. شربیانی

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    I think I've been avoiding John Steinbeck, consciously or subconsciously, ever since I was a horse-loving teenager and thought that

    would be a nice, pleasant book to read.

    I didn't read any Steinbeck books for years.

    But I was in the local library, puttering around in the general fiction shelves, and happened to pull this one out and noticed how short it was--only 107 pages. I had just finished reading

    , which was a 127-page overdose of cheesy 70's inspirati

    I think I've been avoiding John Steinbeck, consciously or subconsciously, ever since I was a horse-loving teenager and thought that

    would be a nice, pleasant book to read.

    I didn't read any Steinbeck books for years.

    But I was in the local library, puttering around in the general fiction shelves, and happened to pull this one out and noticed how short it was--only 107 pages. I had just finished reading

    , which was a 127-page overdose of cheesy 70's inspiration, and it occurred to me that by reading this book to offset JLS I could restore the cosmic balance in my life, or something like that.

    Lennie and George are a unique pair of friends: George is restless, intelligent and often short-tempered; Lennie is huge and incredibly strong, although mentally damaged. He has a childlike sweetness but is easily confused and frightened, and that combined with his strength makes him threatening to others. Somehow, despite their differences, the two have formed a friendship. George tries to protect Lennie from the world . . . and the world from Lennie. It's a difficult task. But they have their dreams and plans of a place of their own, where they can tend a garden and raise animals. And Lennie can take care of the rabbits. It's the most heavenly thing he can imagine.

    George and Lennie are hired as field hands at a ranch in California, and the foreshadowings of disaster start to come thick and fast. An old sheepdog whose usefulness has passed is unceremoniously shot. The owner's son Curley comes around to their bunkhouse, spoiling for a fight. Curley's young, bored wife comes around even more often, looking for a different kind of trouble. The hands are sure that they only need a month or two of wages to achieve their plans of a place of their own, but the best-laid schemes of mice and men gang oft agley.

    I was expecting to read about shattered dreams, but I was surprised and touched by the strength of the theme of true friendship--not just the friendship between George and Lennie, but also the friendship and understanding offered by Slim, the ranch foreman. With all of the loneliness and cruelty and loss and disappointment that life can bring, it's this one message of hope that I choose to take away from this short but powerful book.

  • Brina

    Over the past year, I have rediscovered John Steinbeck as a master American story teller. Having read Cannery Row and its follow up Sweet Thursday, I realized what a prolific author Steinbeck was and hope to continue my reading with a number of his novels this year. One novella I did read while in school but have a fuzzy memory of is Of Mice and Men. With a square on this year's classic bingo board being read a group read that you haven't read yet, I decided that it was as good a time as any to

    Over the past year, I have rediscovered John Steinbeck as a master American story teller. Having read Cannery Row and its follow up Sweet Thursday, I realized what a prolific author Steinbeck was and hope to continue my reading with a number of his novels this year. One novella I did read while in school but have a fuzzy memory of is Of Mice and Men. With a square on this year's classic bingo board being read a group read that you haven't read yet, I decided that it was as good a time as any to revisit this work of Steinbeck's through adult eyes.

    Near the Salinas River and Soledad, California, two nomadic farm hands named George and Lennie stake out their existence in life. George dreams of having his own farm house and acreage but it is during the depression and he has little money saved. He also promised Aunt Clara, really a family friend, that he would take care of her nephew Lennie, a dimwitted yet strong man. Steinbeck portrays George as an average man during his era who attempts to find work in order to make ends meet, yet he has the added burden of caring for and providing for Lennie's well being. Had this been written in contemporary times, Lennie would have been characterized as developmentally disabled or autistic, yet in the 1930s society could not pinpoint what ailed people like Lennie. They were dismissed as dimwitted with little future, preventing those caring for them in having many prospects for bettering themselves either.

    The reader finds out that Lennie loves animals although with his limited mental capacity he does not have success in caring for them, killing one mouse, rabbit, or puppy after another. Steinbeck alludes to the fact that the reason that George and Lennie are in between jobs is because Lennie had felt a woman's dress meaning no harm, yet the act alarmed other members of their work team, forcing the duo to flee the premises. As the pair approaches yet another farm, George makes Lennie promise to keep his mouth shut, to do whatever George asks him to, and to please stay out of trouble. Despite the best of intentions, with Lennie's condition being what it is, he does not always remember to do what George asks of him, putting both of their futures in jeopardy.

    As in past jobs, George quickly becomes friendly with the rest of the work crew, attempting to distance himself from Lennie. Lennie ends up attempting a friendship with the rest of the outcasts on the farm, including a Negro horseshoe hand, yet even this relationship ends in tragedy. When Lennie's actions result in tragic proportions, George must choose between protecting Lennie and thinking of himself and his own future, with the denouement coming to a upsetting climax. I could not help but thinking that if George and Lennie lived today with society's awareness of degrees of developmental delays, that both George and Lennie would have enjoyed a happier existence. The burden of caring for Lennie would not have been placed on George, and Lennie himself would have been taught the rudimentary aspects of self care and perhaps even been placed in a basic job. Yet, placing George and Lennie in modern times is hearsay and their relationship ended in tragedy with Steinbeck placing George in a precarious situation which he would have to dwell upon for the rest of his life.

    In reading Steinbeck I have seen how he has done a masterful job in painting his characters as archetypes of the era in which they lived, usually depression era California. George and Lennie are two men looking to better themselves in a decade when one had little to be happy about. While rereading this tragic novella, I could not help but think if like other books I read for school if this is above most teenagers heads. Perhaps, teachers could discuss George and Lennie's relationship and where Lennie would be if he lived today, much as I did while reading. Yet, like other books I read at the time, Of Mice and Men gains a deeper appreciation while reading it through adult eyes. Another bingo square checked off, yet definitely not the last Steinbeck novel I will devour this year.

    4.5 stars

  • Paul Bryant

    The title of this novel is only 50% accurate, a very poor effort. Yes, it’s about men, but there’s little or nothing about mice in these pages. Mice enthusiasts will come away disappointed. This got me thinking about other novel titles. You would have to say that such books as

    and

    have very good titles because they are all about a slap, some help, a Gatsby who was really great, a no good granny, a woman who was married to

    The title of this novel is only 50% accurate, a very poor effort. Yes, it’s about men, but there’s little or nothing about mice in these pages. Mice enthusiasts will come away disappointed. This got me thinking about other novel titles. You would have to say that such books as

    and

    have very good titles because they are all about a slap, some help, a Gatsby who was really great, a no good granny, a woman who was married to a guy called Dalloway and a Hamlet. I have no problem with those titles. But you may be poring over the pages of

    for a long fruitless evening to find any mockingbirds coming to any harm at all. Indeed, to coin a phrase, no mockingbirds were harmed during the making of that book. So I rate that title only 5% accurate. And some titles seem to have a word missing, such as Conan Doyle’s

    . Four what? It doesn’t say. Perhaps he completed the book and left the title to the very last minute and died as he was writing it down. Same thing with

    White what? Wallpaper? Hat? Cat? Mouse? Mockingbird? Could be

    for all we know. A poor title. And what about

    ? I think

    or

    is clearly missing from that title. Another grossly misleading title is

    . I can’t be the only reader who was expecting some strong girl on girl action from DH Lawrence but I would have been better off fast-forwarding to the middle part of

    Now that’s what I call

    DH, take note. Another badly chosen title is

    - yes, it is 100% accurate, but at first glance it can look like

    , and surely that is going to put off a lot of potential readers (except for the readers you really don’t want).

    And what about

    ? – call what sleep?

    – sometimes obscure titles can be solved if you understand that the author is referring to Death, so, the Catcher is Death, the Postman is Death, the lawn is Death and the Parrot is Death. Of course, I may have got that wrong. It’s something I read somewhere and it just stuck in my mind.

    Some other titles I would give low ratings to :

    completely baffled me – I know that “screw” is what inmates call prison officers, so I was expecting a story about a concert put on by the staff of a large correctional institution. It was nothing like that.

    according to my system does rate 100% but I still think

    would have been better.

    – actually, I rate this as 90% accurate – there are two guys who are named Kavalier and Clay, and they do have adventures, but they aren’t amazing.

    – this must be a metaphor for “I have given up thinking of a title for my novel”

    – like

    this must be where the author couldn’t think of any title so in this case he left it without one, like the Byrds’ album

    , or

    by Sigur Ros, or several paintings by De Kooning and those other abstract expressionist types; but to call a novel

    is self-defeating, because

    then becomes its name – epic fail, Mr Collins.

    - this is another example of a word missing - possibly "took" or "dragged", I expect that's the sort of thing a violent bear would do I’m surprised the publisher did not catch this error.

  • Nataliya

    Well, somehow I've managed to read close to 800 books by now, and none of those had been

    . That has been remedied now, and I'm feeling

    . So yeah.

    I was relatively 'unspoiled' and still knew what happened in the end. I just did not know how or why, but figured out those pretty quickly into the book

    Well, somehow I've managed to read close to 800 books by now, and none of those had been

    . That has been remedied now, and I'm feeling

    . So yeah.

    I was relatively 'unspoiled' and still knew what happened in the end. I just did not know how or why, but figured out those pretty quickly into the book

    I think that says something about the masterful writing - where the story takes over so much that you keep reading despite the clear sense of where it is going, without having to rely on suspense or twists - instead, going forward just on the impact of the story itself

    I used to work with Special Education kids some time ago. And I have seen first-hand what Steinbeck describes in

    -

    . The children we took care of - some of which topped my 5'3'' frame by a foot or so and outweighed me by a good hundred pounds (but despite that a few times I had to physically put myself on between them and a smaller child) - had, unlike Lennie, the society that is determined to protect them. They were luckier than poor George's charge. But I could not help but picture some of them, who have forever secured spots in my heart, in place of Lennie Small, feeling nothing but dread and sadness.

    And it was soul-crushing.

    I think the impact of this story was that it did not have me taking sides. I felt bad for Lennie. I felt awful for Curley's wife who does not even have a NAME in this story. I felt sad for George and what he had to do. And I felt bad for the whole bunch of men who had names and stories, and a woman who got one but not the other.

    And that's where this book lost stars for me.

    the unwilling almost-antagonist/victim of this story.

    It seemed that she was the one getting the blame, not as much the crazy volatile husband of hers. After all, she

    for trouble, didn't she? At least that's the nagging feeling I got from this story, from the way her character was handled, from the way it was repeatedly stated that a

    like her meant trouble for a man. Blame-the-victim mentality does not sit well with me, and I can't help but think that Steinbeck did that.

    .

    This book is definitely a classic with a profound impact on the reader,

    . It deserves the fame and recognition that it has enjoyed for quite a few years.

    (it would have been 4.5 stars, but for the literary treatment of Curley's wife).

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