Of Mice and Men is a novella written by author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during theGreat Depression in the United States. (Wikipedia)
This is my first book read by John Steinbeck, I really liked it and I want to read other books by him.
I know that this book has also a movie, but I did not see it, but I’m curious. Did you see the movie? Or read the book?
I think that most of the time the book beats the movie, but sometimes it’s the other way around.
I’ve seen the movie Fireproof and I loved it, I’ve seen it 3 times I guess, but when I read the book, I didn’t like it so much.
Another example is Though none go with me, I love the movie very very much, and I bought the book, but I didn’t like it so much, so it happens.
I bought the beautiful book 2-3 years ago, it’s thin, so you can read it quickly but it’s very interesting.
I remember when I read the final chapters, I was in a park with a girl, I wanted to go to that park to finish my book, she wanted to come with me, but I announced her that I want to finish my book so she agreed to come either way.
I remember being anxious to finish and angry and going through so many emotions, it was very funny, and I actually spoke with the characters, I was angry at the finale scene.
Of course, I will not tell you the final scene, so don’t worry.
This book is about 2 friends, ranch workers who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during theGreat Depression in the United States. (Wikipedia)
These friends, George an intelligent man and Lennie with limited mental abilities, are inseparable, they are always together, George somehow, takes care of Lennie, because he is his friend.
Lennie dreams to have a ranch of their own, to have animals and rabbits.
He loves little animals, like puppies, but he doesn’t control his strength, and because of this, he kills the little animals.
The theme of friendship is a constant throughout the story. (Wikipedia)
The main “action” in the book happens when they are hired to a ranch and there they pass through some problems because a lot of people don’t understand Lennie’s character.
Read the book, it’s easy to read and follow, and also very interesting.
“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”
“I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s
“As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.”
“A guy needs somebody―to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don’t make no difference who the guy is, long’s he’s with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick.”
“Guy don’t need no sense to be a nice fella. Seems to me sometimes it jus’ works the other way around. Take a real smart guy and he ain’t hardly ever a nice fella.”
“His ear heard more than what was said to him, and his slow speech had overtones not of thought, but of understanding beyond thought.”
“Trouble with mice is you always kill ’em. ”
“Just like heaven. Ever’body wants a little piece of lan’. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. It’s just in their head. They’re all the time talkin’ about it, but it’s jus’ in their head.”
Books I’ve read with the letter O (which I can remember):
- One Day – David Nicholls
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