book club - of mice and men

Saturday, October 12, 2013

There's nothing better than a good book you can curl up with and read from start to finish in a single sitting. Last night that's exactly what I did.

Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

My review:

Of Mice and Men is a literary classic, written by John Steinbeck in 1937. If you haven't read it you should certainly give it a try, as the key theme 'friendship' still resonates today.

It's a short book, and I read it in one sitting over about two hours.

Set in the United States during the 1930s depression the story follows two friends - George and his companion Lennie. George is 'the brains' of the pair and looks after his almost child-like friend as they move around the countryside looking for work. Lennie is a big man, but unfortunately doesn't know his own strength, which constantly gets him in trouble, and leads to the dramatic ending of this tale.

John Steinbeck's narrative is beautifully descriptive of the two men, their surroundings and way of talking. There's a lot of unsaid meaning - and from the very beginning you can feel the tension and know this story isn't going to end happily.  

The title of the book is from the Scottish poem To a Mouse by Robert Burns, which has these famous lines that sum up the story well without giving too much away:

The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!

4/5 claire stars

Want to know what else I've read? Here's my reading list:
  1. if nobody speaks of remarkable things by Jon McGregor. 3/5 claire stars

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  1. Replies
    1. Agree. Can't quite believe it's taken me this long to read it.