Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Remember, I said in my last post, I am going to read Classics this week? This is the first one.
Goodreads Summary: The tragic story of the complex bond between two migrant laborers in Central California. They are George Milton and Lennie Small, itinerant ranch hands who dream of one day owning a small farm. George acts as a father figure to Lennie, who is a very large, simple-minded man, calming him and helping to rein in his immense physical strength.
My views: Seriously (don’t kill me for this), I had never heard of this book before. I was just trying to find out the Classic that had the least number of pages and I found it. Am I glad? Absolutely!
This is the first Classic that I have read that has such simple language that you don’t have to read every line twice or read a non-classic to be able to come back to it. It is a book you finish in one go. And as aptly put by a friend (Hey, Judy! I am quoting you here), the book is written simple in style, but complex in thought.
The characters are really well developed, as is seen in all Classics. I fell in love with Lenny, he is very cute, innocent and adorable. Except for the fact that he ends up killing mice and pups. I don’t like that, I love animals. But what can you say when he innocently replies “But I was just petting him”? He can’t help it, he is a big man.
The story is short and ends up breaking my heart. Seriously, though I didn’t cry but oh, it was difficult.
Despite it being a short novella, Steinbeck manages to give us a view into everyone’s life and what holds them back.
The book is simply written yet it leaves you thinking a long time after you finish reading.
If you want a Classic to start with, this should be the one. Simply told.
Posted on February 6, 2012, in Book reviews, Classics and tagged analytic, book, breaking my heart, classics, cute, deep, george milton, great, lennie, men, mice, migrant laborers, minded man, ranch hands, review, simple, to start with. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.