Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck

Shelfie Score: 44%

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Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 112


A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression Over seventy-five years since its first publication, Steinbeck’s tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of America’s most widely read and taught novels. An unlikely pair, George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, grasp for their American Dream. They hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of l...

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Shaunia Marek

A short read, and one worth picking up. The topics and theme introduced kept my mind turning, along with the symbolism.


Okay so not horrible, but it is definitely not my style or taste. The language, especially the slang, was hard to understand and it was a very boring read. The characters were inconsistent, boring and only slightly sympathetic. The plot was thinly veiled and I really wouldn't have noticed it early on if it weren't for the reader's guide. This wasn't a big plot book. I love great plot books. Character driven stories can be great too but only if the characters are actually good. Unfortunately, besides dreaming and hoping, these characters were kinda flat and not very interesting to read about. plus most of them were unlikeable.

The whole time I was reading this, I was thinking about reports that classics were rarely bestsellers when they were published and only become considered "good literature" after the fact and it made me think why would people make children read this in school? There's no way for anyone to really connect to the characters. My analytical mind was spinning on this, especially with the reader guide help, but honestly, unlike the epic film Endgame, this did not enhance my enjoyment because I can list off a gazillion mainstream books that deal with the same issues. And they're much more appealing. The only argument I could make is that this book is short and sweet and not covering anything up with a fun plot or lovable and I guess a teacher would lean towards that. but still, I chose to read this on my own time and only mildly enjoyed it. I pity the children who are being turned off reading because they are being told this is what "good literature" is.


Bookaxe Characteristics for Of Mice and Men

Character and Plot:

Characters in depth

Fast-paced plot

Language and Style:

Straight to the point

Language and style central

New Information:

Pure entertainment

Introduces you to new ideas


Explores the darker side of life
Light-hearted and optimistic


No swearing or violence etc
Frequent swearing and violence etc

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