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Of Mice and Men: Book Review

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Book review: ?Of Mice and Men? The book is called Of Mice and Men from John Steinbeck. This is one of the three powerful novels of the Californian laboring class; written during the late 1930's. It has also won the noble prize for literature. This is a dramatic story, even better, a tragedy. It is all about two men who are striving to find a place in an unforgiving world. George, a small, smart man, and hi companion Lennie, have nothing in the world except each other and a dream. They both are really close friends and hope that one day they will own some land all by themselves. Finally, they find work in California's Salinas Valley, but all their ambitions fade away as Lennie, struggling against his misunderstanding and jealousy, becomes a victim of his own strength. ...read more.


The opening didn't grab my interest as much because I quickly figured out that the story was not going to be so pleasant to read. The climax comes when Lennie accidentally kills the girl in the barn. Here everything just topples over because Lennie is now in great danger. In fact, the ending is what makes this whole book turn from tragedy, to depression. You see that a man has just shot in the head his best friend because he had no choice. My eyes back then, while reading the book, had started becoming a fountain of tears. I just couldn't accept what had happened; Lennie is naive, he forgets things and doesn't really know that he is not just playing a game. George has tried throughout the whole novel to tell him, in his own 'friendly' way, that we need to accept the fact that not everything can be done. ...read more.


Although his continuous complains of what a better life he would have had without Lennie, he is still a part of him, and will not let him go. Thanks to Lennie's child-like faith, it enables George to actually believe in their future dream. The story was written in third person, so the narrator could have been omniscient. This is when the narrator knows everything that is going on, even if the characters do not know it. This novel is an interesting book to read, you will not settle down till you reach the end. When you eventually do finish the book, it is hard to touch it again because many things are hard to accept in this book and might sometimes be irritating, but at the same time, even depressing. Of Mice and Men is surely not a book for kids. I you choose to read it, do not expect the normal happy endings. I think I would give it a score of 8 out of 10. ...read more.

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