Tuesday, June 24, 2014

REVIEW: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Publication Date: January 1, 1981
Publisher: Bantam Books
Source: Book Purchased by Reviewer
Buy it at: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

The tragic story of the complex bond between two migrant laborers in Central California. They are George Milton and Lennie Small, itinerant ranch hands who dream of one day owning a small farm. George acts as a father figure to Lennie, who is a very large, simple-minded man, calming him and helping to rein in his immense physical strength.

This book was short and sweet...and oh so good! I've recently had some bad experiences with the classics i've read so this was such a refreshing and easy read for me because I actually enjoyed it so much.

We start off with George and Lennie. George is such a nice and caring guy that pretty much takes care of Lennie because he isn't mentally all there. He's pretty much a grown man with a child's mind and George takes care of him. It's kind of sad that George has to sacrifice so much for Lennie, but you can tell right from the start that he does it because he cares, because he knows that no one else would ever care about Lennie and take care of him. So he accepts the responsibility and protects Lennie from all things bad...except his own temper of course! Honestly, you can't blame the guy. taking care of a grown man that has the mind of a child can very difficult, as we see time and time again while reading.

And then there's all the trouble Lennie gets himself into. I won't deny that the ending is really sad and tragic but also kind of sweet. George does something that he never imagined he'd have to do and he does it as a kindness. He does it to protect Lennie from the cruel things that could happen to him. But the heartache is real guys...too real. You really feel for George and you even get a sense of just how "challenged" Lennie really is. Once you realize what's happening your heart will break for both of them, but you also realize, just as George did, that it truly is the best fate for both of them.

All in all, it was a great book and I highly recommend it to all who love reading the classics. You wont be disappointed with this book!

1 comment:

  1. This is a favorite of classics for me. I love the setting and the interaction between the two MC's is amazing. Great review, Lexi.
    -Flirting with Fiction


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