Tuesday, April 7

Book Reviews: Of Mice and Men

Title: Of Mice and Men

Author: John Steinbeck

Pages: 107

Summary: A beautiful but dark piece of literature set in the enchanting Salinas Valley in California, it depicts the struggles of two swampers, one mentally slow and the other his virtual commander. In this masterpiece, Steinbeck writes a fantastic tragedy. It should be read by all.

My Rating: 8/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I enjoyed this novella, Steinbeck has a great talent to write and bring up some important social and moral issues within his writing. He has done an excellent job at exploring issues that are uncomfortable to talk about, or topics, such as mental illness which is very misunderstood in society, especially during the time the book takes place. It explores a friendship and a brotherly-love, you could call it between Lennie and George, who through thick and thin, has stood by is “slow” friend Lennie. The novella brings up issues surrounding how society treats those who are different, as well as a moral issues from the ending, and it’s hard to say where I sit on it. On one hand, you can see that what George did was for the best that he did in fact “save”. Overall a good story which outline some important social issues in society.

Would I recommend it to read: Recommend it of course. I can’t remember if I read this in high school or not. I know some of the English classes read the book, but I can’t remember if I actually read the book, or if I just read pieces of the book that a friend had. Either way, I think it’s a good book to read, it’s a light read, but has an important story to it.

What to read next: To Kill a Mockingbird and Other Works by Steinbeck.

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  1. I have not read this book in a long time. I don't remember if I liked it or not. Maybe I should give it another try.

    I love your blog setup! How did you get the link bar of your challenges across the top of your blog?

  2. The layout is a premade layout that allowed a header at the top of the page, so I added a link list as the header.

  3. I remember reading it in high school. I loved it, but it was such a hard book to read in many ways.

  4. I read this one last year and I agree with you; it's a good read. It made me cry, though.