Sunday, 6 December 2015
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck : Review
Publication date: 1937
Published by: Penguin Books
Genres: Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Depressing
The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world. Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream--a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie, struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy, becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes such as the friendship of a shared vision, and giving voice to America’s lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men has proved one of Steinbeck’s most popular works, achieving success as a novel, a Broadway play and three acclaimed films.
This book is my second favourite book ever, I love it but I recently had to reread it for class and it gave such a different perspective of it. Especially with everyone else's input on there thoughts on the books. I got into quite a heated debate with my teacher who was saying that George was vicious towards Lennie.
The book is known for it's sad ending but one thing I found throughout the book was that it was filled with hope, that at some points I had a mile from ear to ear. The friendship between Lennie and George is heartbreakingly beautiful, it is so strong and compassionate. I also have a weird love for Curley's wife, who I've decided is actually called Daisy. If you put the novel into context Curley's Wife is an extremely strong character.
The plot is stunning and filled with hints of what is going to happen but placed so carefully that you really have to look. It gives an interesting view of the world.
In conclusion, you have probably already read this book but if you haven't it is definitely with a read but keep tissues with you at all times, it will leave you broken. 5/5 stars.