I’ve never read a Steinbeck novel.
There I said it.
Steinbeck was never required reading for me in all my years in public school, and after reading it, I’m very glad that it wasn’t.
However, as someone who has never picked up Of Mice and Men, it was hard for me to get through this book without looking up spoilers, given that every time something potentially life changing happened to the characters I looked over at my boyfriend, with puppy dog eyes, pleading, ‘no.’
Did Steinbeck, and Of Mice and Men, live up to my literary expectation? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
George Milton and Lennie Small, two drifters in search of work in California, have a dream of one day owning land of their own. Finding work on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, George struggles with keeping strongman Lennie out of trouble, while Lennie struggles with immense cruelty at the hands of the other ranch hands. When Lennie’s strength gets the better of him, George and Lennie find out what friendship means.
Though this book is short, just 106 pages in length, it packs the amount of emotion that books of 300 pages in length could never dream of expressing.
Every moment of this book held an amount of emotion, whether it be good, bad, happy, or sad, Steinbeck has a way of stringing rather ordinary characters together to create an extraordinary reading experience.
Because of the way Steinbeck was able to make me laugh and cry all in the same sentence I am glad that I was never meant to read this in school. I feel like I appreciated this way more at the time in my life that I’m currently in than I would have when I was younger.
My favourite character would have to be Lennie. Though he could be described as ‘simple,’ it was his simplicity that made me cry a pool of tears upon the novels conclusion. I mean, come on Steinbeck, all he wanted was to tend the rabbits, why couldn’t you just let him tend the rabbits!
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.