OverviewWhile the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck's work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal; a friendship and a shared dream that makes an individual's existence meaningful.
I am really not sure what took me so long to read this book. I have many favorite authors (like James Patterson, Jodi Picoult, John Grisham) but my favorite book of all time is The Grapes of Wrath!! And it was written by John Steinbeck. But, never, did I once seek to read any of his other books like I always have with my favorite authors. I plan to remedy that in the future.
Of Mice and Men is a really short read. Not a lengthy novel by any means. But a story of two men who travel together, finding whatever type of work they could. This was the way of the world during the 1930's when work was hard to find. They had left their last place of employment because of something Lennie, a giant of a man, had done. This seemed to be a recurring problem with him. Lennie, is what they used to call "mentally retarded". Steinbeck makes you get to know him well. I often felt I was squatted there next to them as they talked. The characters in this book are so well developed that you can almost see them in your mind! I love that about his writing. The ending is very sad but so understandable from George's point of view. I am sure many of you have read this book at some point in your life. It was a first read for me. And I will give it 4 stars. A must read ****!