Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

of-mice-and-men-bookOf Mice and Men is the very definition of a good novella.  It’s a quick, compelling story.  One of Steinbeck’s strengths is ability to create a setting.  In a few deft paragraphs, he gives a vivid picture of Southern California, of the ranches, of the heat and the laziness and the poverty.  Two impoverished ranch workers, George and Lenny, are determined to quit their vagabond ways and start a life together, living off “the fatta the land”.  The dream sustains and nourishes them.  The two of them don’t precisely love each other, but there is a strong brotherly bond between them.  Unfortunately, Lenny suffers from mental illness, and ultimately spoils everything for them both.

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