Title: Of Mice and Men
Author: John Steinbeck
Publication Date: 1937
Review Score: 8/10
One of the most well known novels around the world, Of Mice and Men is a tale of friendship between 2 drifting workers during the 1930s American depression.
George and his large, simple minded friend Lennie are working the farms trying to get enough money together to one day have their own small patch of land and a slice of the American dream. However there is just one problem, Lennie can’t help getting himself into trouble and when the pair find work on a Californian ranch their dream and friendship is pushed to the limit.
Given that it is on the curriculum of practically every school in England, most people have read Of Mice and Men at a young age, when 100 pages took literally forever to read! Unfortunately, or luckily depending how you see it, I didn’t have to read Of Mice and Men at school and so I was able to approach it with fresh eyes and an open mind.
What I found was a truly remarkable book which packs one hell of a punch in such a short time. The characters and friendship created by Steinbeck are remarkable and you feel yourself wanting them to get that piece of land as much as they do.
The final act of their friendship, and the book, is enough to bring the reader to tears and it is the way in which Steinbeck is able to make it so emotional in such a short time that makes it such a great novel and well worthy of its place on the school curriculum.
If you’ve never read it before it’s definitely worth a go, and if you had to read it in school i’d say try it again and see how differently you feel about it second time around.