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Of Mice & Men (Bloom's Notes) Paperback – May, 1996

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"Harold Bloom is the world's leading Literary critic" - The Times 28.11.00"

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Considered the world's cheif authority on Shakespeare, Harold Bloom is now in his 46th year of teaching at Yale University. His latest book How to Read and Why joins a prodigious literary output which includes the editorship of this flagship study guide series.
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Product Details

  • Series: Bloom's Notes
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publications; Revised edition (May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791041433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791041437
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,937,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book seemed at first to be almost comical, yet the story took a tragic turn. Lennie's character being as it is, made me feel sorry for him. He was like a big dumb animal, and just like Candy's dog ~ was of no help to himself. George befriended Lennie and tried to keep him out of trouble, but in further reading I found that not even George could help Lennie. The ending shocked me, and brought tears to my eyes. I recomend this book to all ages, and to those who have never liked to read. Just trust me on this, you won't be dissapointed.
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By Nupur Shah on December 2, 1999
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I would definitely recommend this book to others who haven't read this book. It included many suspensful and surprising events. Lennie in the story surprised me the most. You wouldn't think that the mind of a child could panic and be as if it were violent. George is also surprising. I thought of him as always being protective,and what he did at the end of the story really surprised me.
The main character did the right thing when George stuck up and protected Lennie throughout most of his life. They are complete opposites as far as personalities. Lennie is a large man. He was," Shapeless of face, with large pale eyes, wide slopping shoulders, and his arms hung loosely when he walked. George on the other hand had," Small strong arms, a thin bony nose, and slender body frame.
The Setting helps to make the story exciting by taking place out west on a farming ranch. The Attitude of the the other workers on the ranch were surprising with their attitudes.
This book may look as if it were simple and a boring book to read, if you were to judge it by its cover. Hard work of staying diligent pays off when you get into the book. After a person grows interested in a book, it is hard to put it down. I know it was for me.
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The book, "Of Mice and Men" is mainly pessimistic because it portrays lost hope, pointlessness, unfortunate parallels, and absolute lonliness. Also, the book was written during the Great Depression, which adds to it's negativity. "Of Mice and Men" is a story about two men called Lennie, and George. Lennie is extremely mentally challenged, and burdened by the fact that he posses unusual strength. George is like a parent figure to Lennie, even though Lennie is a fully grown man. They both share a dream, 'Some day we're gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an' a cow and some pigs and.....an' live off the fatta the lan and have rabbits'.
At one stage in the story, this dream seems like it could really come true. Then at the end of the book, some unfortunate things happen, and it is realised that this idea was just a dream, and would never come true. Their hope was lost. Just like a lot of people's hope during the depression was lost.

Steinbech puts forth the idea that all the men in this book who work on the ranch, are all very lonely. They work day after day, get their money, and then go waste it on beer and gambling. They have nothing to look foreward to, no family to visit, and it's like their very existance is pointless. It's like the world just wouldn't care if they all commited suicide. This is made clear the way Steinbech starts and ends the book with a nature scene. After everything that happened throughout the book, the nature scene was exactly the same, suggesting that everything that was done, was not even noticed by nature. Therefore, their lives, especially Lennie's was pointless.

This whole book is mostly pessimistic, but it portrays a sad truth. It is very well written, and uses a lot of parallels which bring even more meaning to the story line. Without these parallels, the book would not be nearly as effective.
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I just finished the book with my 7th grade AIG class. I found myself wrapped up in the lives of the main characters and their plights. The book is fast paced which made it hard for me to put it down. Steinbeck works symbolism like magic!
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Most of the above reviews are pretty confused, these people cannot spell, or did not properly understand the story. Two men, Lenny and George work on farms, yet Lenny's mental problems lead them into trouble, and they have to flee many of these places. Once again, they work on a farm, and George helps Lenny and tries to keep him out of trouble. Lenny's need for female contact causes him to want something soft to handle, so he chooses furry animals. He is so strong that he keeps killing them accidentally. Curley, the bosses's son immediately hates Lenny feeling jealousy for his size and strength. Once Lenny is finally left alone with a puppy, he kills it, and Curley's wife walks in wanting to comfort him and have someone to talk to like most of the other lonely people on the farm. She ends up asking him to touch her hair and feel how soft it is, and Lenny is forced to run away to the bushes where George told him to go if anything happened. The story's ending is pretty good, we are told how George's love for Lenny is so strong that he will do anything keep him happy 'till his death. A well written book, good story, remake of the movie is well done. Unlike most hollywood movies, it makes you feel attached to the characters, and not ignore a simple gun shot. Morals of love, and lonelyness, survival of the fittest, and more. Short book, well worth reading.
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