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Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Of Mice and Men: Seriously mini Book Review

Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck
Penguin Books
ISBN: 0-14-017739-6
Originally Published 1937

Description: 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 reign in his immense physical strength.

Mini-Review: Beautifully written, scenes written so realistically you feel like you can touch and smell the landscape. Lovely simple telling of the american dream and the failure to find it. Also some insightful commentary into male friendships.  That being said I found it to be depressing and the characters so  truly pitiful, that I can't say I really enjoyed it.  I'm a simple girl, I like to read stories about interesting people that are likeable and the ending must have some expectation of hope.  Steinbeck was an incredible storyteller with a magical gift, but this sort of story just isn't my thing.  And a side note, now I understand all those references to tell me about the Rabbits George.


  1. I remember it being depressing but that I really liked it, but that was many years ago. Wonder what I'd think now?

  2. Go for it and would love to hear what you think now -- it's fascinating sometimes to go back and look at something you used to love through older eyes. Loved Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer claymation as a kid -- watch it now and its quite sexist and Santa and Rudolph's dad are -- umm- how to phrase it nicely -- jerks