Book :: Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men
By: John Steinbeck
Pages: 107
Published: 1937
Genre(s): Historical Fiction
Award(s): Nobel Prize in Literature (1962)
Rating: (37)


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They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of lonelinss and alienation. Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of...

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Feb 8th, 2021

Polilla-Lynn Polilla-Lynn

Two young men, drifters with no home of their own, travel around from place to place doing whatever work they can be hired to do after the Great Depression. Simple-minded Lennie depends on his friend George's protection, and George keeps repeating to Lennie what to be careful of and to not get into trouble. Making their way to California, they find farm work and settle in. Although Lennie is a very hard worker, he is bullied because he is big and childlike, and soon his simple-mindedness and strength get him into trouble. This story is about friendship, hardship, tragedy, and disappointment. A good read.

Jun 17th, 2020

Tejas Nair Tejas Nair

I started Of Mice and Men with caution because I assumed I wouldn't understand a thing because of a preconceived notion that this serious literature might be difficult to read and/or understand. But once I was past Susan Shillinglaw's introduction (to this edition), I breezed past it. Such a magnificent and free-flowing novel (or playable novel as Steinbeck would call it) about companionship, California of the 1930s just after the Great Depression and on the heels of the Second World War, the working class struggles, and more importantly, the struggle to get employment (making it relevant still), I am an instant Steinbeck fan. A remarkable book with an even more remarkable ending. TN.

Jun 13th, 2020

forline forline

Steinbeck is one of my all-time favorite authors and this small but major work is a wonderful introduction to Steinbeck. Read in high school and reread when each of my kids read in high school.

Jan 4th, 2018

Murfville Murfville

Aug 27th, 2017

Portia Portia

Mar 12th, 2017

Aaron Sztrakoniczky Aaron Sztrakoniczky

How to rip your heart off.

Jan 6th, 2017

Aaron Sztrakoniczky Aaron Sztrakoniczky

How to rip your heart off.

Jan 6th, 2017

Hammer2665 Hammer2665

Aug 28th, 2016

D-Train D-Train

Mildly interesting book. I love Steinbeck when it comes to the classics. I preferred Grapes of Wrath over this one. I've also read "Cannery Row" which I'd also rate a 3.

Jun 4th, 2016

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Jan 26th, 2015

crashman2 crashman2

Ignorance seperates itself from bliss, only to be harmoniously reunited at the very end.

Jan 23rd, 2015

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Feb 15th, 2014

red13x red13x

I absolutely loved this book! I nearly cried at the end!!!

Dec 31st, 2013

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Dec 9th, 2013


Well written and interesting but very depressing...

Nov 17th, 2013

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Sep 3rd, 2013

che che

Aug 29th, 2013

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Aug 20th, 2013

Bethanyjade. Bethanyjade.

I read this book at school for GCSE so now I know it back to front and even the word of the title makes me cringe. But before, when I read it for the first time, I was captured by the depth of American history and the relationships involved. Read it, if you want a short story then this will be great.

Jul 3rd, 2013

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Apr 1st, 2013

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Mar 28th, 2013

astacy astacy

Likable characters, entertaining story.

Mar 25th, 2013

mike8743 mike8743

Mar 10th, 2013

really hated this book, not a fan, struggled through to the end tho :(

Feb 12th, 2013

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