Friday, July 13, 2007

Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck

Rating: 9/10

Published: 1937
Number of pages: 121
ISBN: 0141023570

Started: 28 May 2007
Finished: 28 May 2007

Summary (taken from blurb):

Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they'll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn't know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss's daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him...

I read a lot of rave reviews beforehand but still wasn't sure what to expect from such a short book. By the end I was bawling my eyes out. Steinbeck goes a great job of building up the relationship between these two characters so that by the end you come to feel very deeply for them. The rest of the characters are also portrayed very vividly. What a heartbreakenly emotional read. Highly recommended.

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