Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

Lennie pleaded, "Come on, George. Tell me. Please George. Like you done before."
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George's voice became deeper. He repeated his words rhythmically as though he had said them many times before. "Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place. They come to a ranch an' work up a stake and then they go inta town and blow their stake, and the first hting you know they're poundin' their tail on some other ranch.They ain't got nothing to look ahead to."
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"But not us! An' why? Because... because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why." He [Lennie] laughed delightedly. (Chapter 1, p. 15)
George and Lennie have an improbable friendship in a time when most men travelled alone earning only enough to get through to the next pay check.

Of Mice and Men is a short read that is purely poetic. If you can read it out loud or listen to Gary Sinise narrate the story, do because it's beautiful.

Steinbeck's  novel, Of Mice and Men, explores idealism, loneliness, friendship, acceptance, racisim, class conflict, disability, and loyalty in this beautifully written novel. It is a story that touches your heart. Some people find the story troubling. While some aspects of the story would likely never occur, it is also realistic in some ways and realism can be troubling. I like the story because it does make you think.

The most recent film version of this novel was directed by Gary Sinise. It is very true to the novel. Sinise plays George and John Malcovich plays Lennie. I found the movie to be one that was actually as good as the book. The theatrical trailer is here.

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