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. By braking a poor little girl's neck, because of his immense strength that he, himself, cannot control, he flees near a river side. Now, the girl's family and friends are wanting for revenge; the want to kill him. George though, manages to arrive a little while before and sits next to him; he comforts him and for the last time the tell each other what is their greatest dream. A moment after, George shoots his best friend in the head, to be sure he wouldn't suffer for what he has done.

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        The opening of the novel is a detailed description of the surrounding, making it look like a wonderful but mysterious place to be in. It is like a film camera; you get a good view of what nature can give us, but then you see a path which was touched by humans, with two men sitting down close. 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 ...

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