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.