What is the book about?
“An intimate portrait of two men who cherish the slim bond between them and the dream they share in a world marred by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. Clinging to each other in their Loneliness and alienation, George and his simple-minded friend Lenny dream, as drifters will, of a place to call their own—a couple of acres and a few pigs, chickens, and rabbits back in Hill Country where land is cheap. But after they come to work on a ranch in the fer- tile Salinas Valley of California, their hopes, like “the best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men,” begin to go awry.
Of Mice and Men also represents an experiment in form, as Steinbeck described his work, “a kind of playable novel, written in novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands.” A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films. Steinbeck’s tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of America’s most widely read and beloved novels.”
I haven’t placed an exact date but this book was read during my school years. I enjoyed the book and the wisdoms the story line contained. I felt like the book was well written by the author. What I really liked about the book was how it gave me a glimpse into the life of US citizens in the age of the great depression. I felt like, because of this book, that I could feel what the atmosphere would have been like for every type of citizen living at that time. This would have included the different types of struggles that different types of people would have gone through.
I was particularly struck by how Steinbeck gave life to the inner pains of every character. For example, Curly’s wife went through neglect and sexism to such a level that anyone who truly studied that book would walk away thinking about how women are being treated in our time. Another example would be the only black character, Crooks, who went through such racism that it was sickening beyond belief. Once again, anyone who truly studied Steinbeck’s work would contemplate deeply about the millions of people who’s lives were ruined by systematic racism.
Sometimes the book would make you laugh, other times it would break your heart. The ending of the book was tragic. Personally, I didn’t enjoy the book because it made me feel good. If you study the book, like the way I did in school with my teacher and class mates, you would walk away feeling somewhat depressed since the book highlights the darker side of the world. Especially the darker side of the US at the time of the great depression. However, with that being said, I admired the book because of the truth that Steinbeck revealed. Steinbeck showed every reader of the book the struggles that black (or coloured) people, women, working class and others had to go through. He highlighted it so clearly within a story thereby raising permanent awareness to those issues. The people of the great depression wouldn’t be forgotten, as well as the ruthless struggles that they had to endure.
This book was one of Steinbeck’s greatest works and it showcased his empathy, intelligence, creativity and deep understanding of human beings. As a result of the way this book uniquely moved me and millions around the globe I feel like this book deserves a whooping 5/5 stars. I highly recommend anyone who is looking for a read, to read this amazing book.
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