Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

Book - 1993
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In depression-era California, two migrant workers dream of better days on a spread of their own until an act of unintentional violence leads to tragic consequences.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Peguin Books USA Inc.,, 1993
Copyright Date: ©1937
ISBN: 9780140177398
0140177396
Characteristics: 107 p. ; 19 cm

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Crystal_37
Sep 05, 2017

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

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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

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Schoolgurl95
Jun 17, 2017

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

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llojoh
Apr 03, 2017

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

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Ron@Ottawa
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.

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jdavidson64050
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

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kaspr008
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!

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Sohama
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.

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Derringer
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?)

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Schoolgurl95
Jun 17, 2017

"A guy needs somebody...to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you.

I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick."

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parnoosh
Jul 15, 2016

"An' I got you. We got each other, that's what."

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ssk22
Jul 06, 2016

“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.”

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Makemoney
Jul 06, 2016

"There is a path through the willows and among the sycamores, a path beaten hard by boys coming down from the ranches to swim in the deep pool, and beaten hard by tramps who come wearily down from the highway in the evening to jungle-up near water."

Laura_X Apr 13, 2015

I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why.

black_penguin_254 Jan 24, 2014

"Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. . . . With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us."

RainbowMunchkin May 24, 2013

"Never mind you. A guy got to sometimes"( Slim117 ).

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E_Kazan
Dec 18, 2010

"You hadda George, I swear you hadda."

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miinas
Aug 03, 2016

Quick read. Very strange story. It was easy to follow. Surprise ending. I can see the dreams of the hard working men in these times dreaming of a better life. Lennie loved soft things.

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ssk22
Jul 06, 2016

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.

black_penguin_254 Jan 24, 2014

Two migrant workers, George and Lennie, have been let off a bus miles away from the California farm where they are due to start work. George is a small, dark man with “sharp, strong features.” Lennie, his companion, is his opposite, a giant of a man with a “shapeless” face. Overcome with thirst, the two stop in a clearing by a pool and decide to camp for the night. As the two converse, it becomes clear that Lennie has a mild mental disability, and is deeply devoted to George and dependent upon him for protection and guidance. George finds that Lennie, who loves petting soft things but often accidentally kills them, has been carrying and stroking a dead mouse. George angrily throws it away, fearing that Lennie might catch a disease from the dead animal. George complains loudly that his life would be easier without having to care for Lennie, but the reader senses that their friendship and devotion is mutual. He and Lennie share a dream of buying their own piece of land, farming it, and, much to Lennie’s delight, keeping rabbits. George ends the night by treating Lennie to the story he often tells him about what life will be like in such an idyllic place.The next day, the men report to the nearby ranch. George, fearing how the boss will react to Lennie, insists that he’ll do all the talking. He lies, explaining that they travel together because they are cousins and that a horse kicked Lennie in the head when he was a child. They are hired. They meet Candy, an old “swamper,” or handyman, with a missing hand and an ancient dog, and Curley, the boss’s mean-spirited son. Curley is newly married, possessive of his flirtatious wife, and full of jealous suspicion. Once George and Lennie are alone in the bunkhouse, Curley’s wife appears and flirts with them. Lennie thinks she is “purty,” but George, sensing the trouble that could come from tangling with this woman and her husband, warns Lennie to stay away from her. Soon, the ranch-hands return from the fields for lunch, and George and Lennie meet Slim, the skilled mule driver who wields great authority on the ranch. Slim comments on the rarity of friendship like that between George and Lennie. Carlson, another ranch-hand, suggests that since Slim’s dog has just given birth, they should offer a puppy to Candy and shoot Candy’s old, good-for-nothing dog.

RainbowMunchkin May 24, 2013

George Milton and Lennie small have been friends for a long time. Lennie acts like a child.George and Lennie move from place to place looking to find new jobs... There is a conflict between a few people in the book, and in the end George has to make a decision that will be life changing and truly upseting.

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akleung
Jul 23, 2011

Violence: (Mild)

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akleung
Jul 23, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jul 19, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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