Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
Reading Challenge Category: A classic you didn’t read in school
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, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie - struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and jealousy - becomes a victim of his own strength.
I didn’t really know much about this book going in. The only reference I had of it was from ‘Lost’ when Sawyer and Ben mention it on the top of a mountain holding a bunny! I now get the reference! I don’t remember it being on the curriculum for school books, but when I was researching the category of ‘a classic you didn’t read in school’ this came up. As I’ve said many times I’m not a big fan of ‘classic’ books, they usually seem non-sensical, and I can’t usually follow them. So, I chose this because it was short and I wouldn’t have to suffer for too long. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. It was simply written, easy to follow and straightforward in its storyline. The characters were likeable, although there are a lot to remember and most beginning with the letter C. So they did become a little inter-mixed, and I’d have to stop and remember who everyone was. It wasn’t overly descriptive, as there is a lot of dialogue. I loved the representation of the dialect; this really made it feel as if you were on the ranch with them listening to them chew the fat! I even teared up a little at the end (and during with the dogs), but I wasn’t expecting the outcome, and it was really sad. So this was a pleasant surprise of a read. I read it fast as it was so easy and had a relaxed style of writing.
- Of Mice and Men
- Date Started
- 12th May 2020
- Date Finished
- 12th May 2020
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