Of Mice and Men is arguably Steinbeck’s most powerful work. Adapted for plays and films this novel is a wonderful tale of hope and friendship.
We meet two men, George and Lennie, as they are travelling through California working on farms in order to make enough money to fulfil their dream of owning their own land. a dream of many of the workers. As the story progresses, the reader queries whether such achievement is within reach of the protagonists or whether this is a story they are telling themselves – or rather George is telling Lennie – to cope with the mundanity of their lives.
The most evocative part of this novel is that despite its 100 or so pages, Steinbeck’s picture of friendship is vividly drawn. You emphasise with both George and Lennie and although you never truly understand how their lives were thrown together you are grateful that they were.
This is the first of Steinbeck’s novels I have read and East of Eden is the next I am planning on reading. Have you read any of his novels? Which is your favourite?
Recommended for: a those who enjoy reading about the temerity of friendship
Favourite quote: “You can remember anything if there’s anything to eat in it.” / “Just like heaven. Ever’body wants a little piece of lan’.”
Thanks for reading – I hope you enjoyed it!