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Of Mice and Men [Kindle Edition]

John Steinbeck
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,552 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.

"A thriller, a gripping tale . . . that you will not set down until it is finished. Steinbeck has touched the quick." —The New York Times




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A thriller, a gripping tale that you will not set down until it is finished. Steinbeck has touched the quick The New York Times

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Of Mice and Men is a thriller, a gripping tale running to novelette length that you will not set down until it is finished. It is more than that; but it is that. . . . In sure, raucous, vulgar Americanism, Steinbeck has touched the quick in his little story.” The New York Times

“Brutality and tenderness mingle in these strangely moving pages. . . . The reader is fascinated by a certainty of approaching doom.” Chicago Tribune

”A short tale of much power and beauty. Mr. Steinbeck has contributed a small masterpiece to the modern tough-tender school of American fiction.” Times Literary Supplement [London]

Product Details

  • File Size: 265 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (September 1, 1993)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001BC2ZS6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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325 of 343 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece -- and I will never forget it! November 3, 2001
Format:School & Library Binding
John Steinbeck wrote this classic gem in 1937. It's been a Broadway play and there have been several adaptations of it in movies and TV. I was generally familiar with the story but this was the first time I actually read the book. Wow! I was completely blown away! This is the story of a two lonely and alienated men who work as farm laborers, drifting from job to job in California. Lennie is gentle giant, physically strong but mentally retarded. George guides and protects Lennie but also depends on him for companionship. Together, they have a dream to someday buy a little farm where they can grow crops and raise rabbits and live happily ever after. This, of course, is not to be as the title suggests. "The best laid plans of mice and men" is a line in a poem by Robert Burns, which describes how a field mouse's world is destroyed by a plow.
Steinbeck's narrative voice is seemingly simple in his descriptions of nature of as well as the details of the bunkhouse. His characterizations of the people are magnificent. We meet the other workers, all loners, and appreciate the beauty of the unique friendship between Lennie and George. We meet Candy, the old man who is outliving his usefulness. We meet Crooks, the black stable hand, shunned by the men and therefore turning to books for companionship. We meet the cruel Curley who taunts Lennie into a fight. And we meet Curley's wife, another lonely soul who uses her femininity to get the wrong kind of attention.
There's tension in every word and I found myself holding my breath, knowing that something awful would happen, my eyes glued to the page, the world of Lennie and George deeply etched into my consciousness. I was pulled right into the story, wanting to shout warnings as I saw the inevitable consequences.
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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post-Depression American Tragedy March 17, 2004
Format:Paperback
"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck remains properly on the reading lists of high school students because of the regional imagery through succinct dialogue. Unlike "Grapes of Wrath," Steinbeck brings us swiftly into each moment, never letting us linger too long before walking us to the next place.

The American Dream has many variations, but always, it is about independence and the pride of being one's own man. Lennie and George want this independence more than most men, but have less than most men to get there. In their case, it isn't a white picket fence, but a farm where they can raise rabbits.

Lennie is not a bright man. He desires to care for someone and to be loved, but is unable to think past his own fear. George tries to protect him, but he too, although smarter than Lennie, is managed by his insecurity and foolishness.

The story surrounds Lennie and George's efforts to get and retain work on ranch near Soledad, and more so, toward their American Dream. The big picture is always with them, but it is the day-by-day difficulties they have with being outsiders. Their intrinsic inability to be free is sheer tragedy, as they both fail again and again to make the right decision.

It's a lonely story about two men who hope more than they can think, who are destined by their misery never to enjoy true companionship and happiness.

Few books are as thematically pure as "Of Mice and Men," which follows Man's search for self and meaning carefully. It is harsh in language and image, and the abstract ideas might be too much for younger readers to comprehend, but any intelligent teen will gain from it where John Knowles' "A Separate Peace" and J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" leave off.

I fully recommend "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck.

Anthony Trendl
editor, HungarianBookstore.com
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OF Mice and Men May 28, 2003
By S. C.
Format:Paperback
I am a tenth grade student and I recently read "Of Mice and Men" for a school project. I thought it was an excellent book. I felt that the author, John Steinbeck, did a first class job with this novel. It portrayed the relationship between George and Lennie in a way that made you become very attached to the characters. You wanted to read more to find out if they ever accomplished their goals and to see if their dreams became a reality. George and Lennie are complete opposites; George is a small, quick intelligent man, while Lennie is a man of huge dimensions but has the brain of a child. Throughout the story Lennie acts in ways that infuriate George, but George will always be there for his friend because he knows Lennie needs him to survive. Lennie can buck barley like no one else because of his pure strength, but would probably starve to death if he didn't have George to provide his daily meals. I think that has to do with why this book has been banned in the past by schools across the country. Some people may be offended by how the mentally challenged person is shown in this story. It seems as though the view being expressed is that people with mental problems can't do anything for themselves. They are also a constant threat to others because they cannot control themselves. Lennie didn't realize what he was doing was wrong until it had gone too far. These are stereotypes of mentally retarded people that some people may believe are reinforced by this novel. They are lead to believe that this book is discriminatory towards the mentally challenged. Parents whom believed this did not want their children reading this book because they did not want them to be exposed to these types of ideas. Also, Curly's wife does not fit the traditional mould. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
I read this book in high school and it's one of the few that I remember loving. I bought this book to have in my collection because I've run across so many that have never even... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Heather
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A good short read by a very popular author. The characters are original and the story follows the normal tragedy of life.
Published 4 days ago by Carlos De Castro Pretelt
4.0 out of 5 stars For my daughter
It was a book that we had to buy for school. She likes this book. Not her favorite though. B
Published 6 days ago by Kevin S. Queen
3.0 out of 5 stars Of Mice and Men (Penguin Classics)
A required read for the book club to which I belong. The story made for an interesting discussion. I was okay with having read it.
Published 9 days ago by Beatrice Kovacs
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok book
I read it because my husband recommended it. It wasn't my cup of tea but you have to appreciate how old the book is. It's a classic
Published 9 days ago by tobie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cheap
My daughter loved the fact that I purchased the book instead of the kindle addition. She has read this book over 5 times. Thank you.
Published 9 days ago by marisol
4.0 out of 5 stars Of Mice and Men
I had to read this play for my theatre class and I enjoyed it. I didn't know what to expect but I got caught up in the story and was surprised by many things that happened.
Published 13 days ago by Kathryn A. Almade
3.0 out of 5 stars have not gotten to this book yet
I am very excited to this after the lord of the flies. It does look very good though. Cant wait
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Ending was epic
The book felt slow, but made your heart rush, and the end will make you scream for more. One of the best books I ever read
Published 15 days ago by me
5.0 out of 5 stars It's awesome
It was short but wonderful. I cried so much at the end. It had a bitter sweet feeling throughout out it
Published 16 days ago by Alix Allen Dupree
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John Steinbeck (1902-1968), winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, achieved popular success in 1935 when he published Tortilla Flat. He went on to write more than twenty-five novels, including The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men.

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