Book Reviews

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

     It’s a classic tale of two unlikely friends. George is small and resourceful. Lennie is very large, and very strong, but short on brains. Lennie’s strength, coupled with his pure innocence, often gets him into trouble that George has to get him out of. They travel from job to job, but they have a plan. They’re going to save their money and buy their own piece of land. That’s if they can make it through their newest job on a ranch where a the flirtatious wife of the boss’ son makes life hard.

The characters in this book are common, and their language reflects it. Lots of cursing in this one, but there’s something about the story that makes pushing through the language worth it. At a little over 100 pages it is not a long novel, but it has a large impact. Steinbeck was great at telling a simple story in a profound way. His characters are believable and identifiable, and you feel for them greatly, even in the span of just one hundred pages. This is a shining example of great storytelling.

1) Overall Plot = 4
2) Characters = 5
3) Flow/Pace of the story = 5
4) Is the story easy to follow? = 5
5) Overall Enjoyability = 4.5

Average of  score 4.7
Overall grade = A-

Where to buy the book: Amazon | B&N

5 thoughts on “Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck”

    1. Hi,

      I’ve only read this one and “The Pearl” but I’d recommend that one as well. I’ll probably try to read more Steinbeck myself, next year. TBR is full for the rest of this year. 🙂


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