John Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men



The title of this novel is only 50% accurate a very poor effort Yes it s about men but there s little or nothing about mice in these pages Mice enthusiasts will come away disappointed This ot me thinking about other novel titles You would have to say that such books as The Slap The Help The Great Gatsby Gangsta Granny Mrs Dalloway and Hamlet have very Adventures in Fetishland good titles because they are all about a slap some help a Gatsby who was reallyreat a no ood ranny a woman who was married to a Rko guy called Dalloway and a Hamlet I have no problem with those titles But you may be poring over the pages of To Kill a Mockingbird for a long fruitless evening to find any mockingbirds coming to any harm at all Indeed to coin a phrase no mockingbirds were harmed during the making of that book So I rate that title only 5% accurate And some titles seem to have a word missing such as Conan Doyle s The Sign of Four Four what It doesn t say Perhaps he completed the book and left the title to the very last minute and died as he was writing it down Same thing with The Crimson Petal and the White White what Wallpaper Hat Cat Mouse Mockingbird Could be The Crimson Petal and the White Gangsta Granny for all we know A poor title And what about The Dharma Bums I think a Cigarette or You Out is clearly missing from that title Anotherrossly misleading title is Women in Love I can t be the only reader who was expecting some strong irl on irl action from DH Lawrence but I would have been better off fast forwarding to the middle part of Mulholland Drive Now that s what I call Women in Love DH take note Another badly chosen title is Hitler s Niece yes it is 100% accurate but at first Edwin (The Northumbrian Thrones glance it can look like Hitler s Nice and surely that isoing to put off a lot of potential readers except for the readers you really don t want And what about Call it Sleep call what sleep The Catcher in the Rye The Postman Always Rings Twice Flaubert s Parrot The Camomile Lawn sometimes obscure titles can be solved if you understand that the author is referring to Death so the Catcher is Death the Postman is Death the lawn is Death and the Parrot is Death Of course I may have The Phoenix Project got that wrong It s something I read somewhere and it just stuck in my mind Some other titles I wouldive low ratings to The Turn of the Screw completely baffled me I know that screw is what inmates call prison officers so I was expecting a story about a concert put on by the staff of a large correctional institution It was nothing like that The Little Prince according to my system does rate 100% but I still think The Little Faux naif Idiot would have been better The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay actually I rate this as 90% accurate there are two uys who are named Kavalier and Clay and they do have adventures but they aren t amazing A Clockwork Orange this must be a metaphor for I have iven up thinking of a title for my novel No Name like A Clockwork Orange this must be where the author couldn t think of any title so in this case he left it without one like the Byrds album Untitled or by Sigur Ros or several paintings by De Kooning and those other abstract expressionist types but to call a novel No Name is self defeating because No Name then becomes its name epic fail Mr Collins The Violent Bear it Away this is another example of a word missing possibly took or dragged I expect that s the sort of thing a violent bear would do I m surprised the publisher did not catch this error Well somehow I ve managed to read close to 800 books by now and none of those had been Of Mice and Men That has been remedied now and I m feeling emotionally drained by it So yeahI suppose pretty much everyone knows the heartbreaking story of Lennie and George I was relatively unspoiled and still knew what happened in the end I just did not know how or why but figured out those pretty uickly into the book And still that did not help the sense of impending doom that was like one protracted Finding a Dream (Conquest, gut punch I think that says something about the masterful writing where the story takes over so much that you keep reading despite the clear sense of where it isoing without having to rely on suspense or twists instead oing forward just on the impact of the story itself I ought to of shot that dog myself George I shouldn t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dogI used to work with Special Education kids some time ago And I have seen first hand what Steinbeck describes in Of Mice and Men the childlike vulnerability and innocence often combined with physical strength just waiting for something bad to happen The children we took care of some of which topped my 5 3 frame by a foot or so and outweighed me by a ood hundred pounds but despite that a few times I had to physically put myself on between them and a smaller child had unlike Lennie the society that is determined to protect them They were luckier than poor George s charge But I could not help but picture some of them who have forever secured spots in my heart in place of Lennie Small feeling nothing but dread and sadness Lennie who is as innocent as one Porterhouse Blue (Porterhouse Blue, gets and yet as much of a unwilling menace as one can be And it was soul crushingI think the impact of this story was that it did not have me taking sides I felt bad for Lennie I felt awful for Curley s wife who does not even have a NAME in this story I felt sad for George and what he had to do And I felt bad for the whole bunch of men who had names and stories and a woman whoot one but not the other You God damn tramp be said viciously You done it di n t you I s pose you re Finding Robert Johnson glad Ever body knowed you d mess things up You wasn t noood You ain t no Toward the Zen of Performance good now you lousy tartAnd that s where this book lost stars for me Curley s wife the unwilling almost antagonistvictim of this story The woman who had no name except for the possessive one of her husband whose property and therefore trouble for everyone else she was viewed as It seemed that she was the oneetting the blame not as much the crazy volatile husband of hers After all she asked for trouble didn t she At least that s the nagging feeling I Butt Workouts by Chia Booty got from this story from the way her character was handled from the way it was repeatedly stated that a tart like her meant trouble for a man Blame the victim mentality does not sit well with me and I can t help but think that Steinbeck did that view spoilerAnd the words Poor bastard that George utters over her corpse thinking of Lennie not about the young woman who was brutally murdered but of Lennie the murderer those made me so sad for the victim that did notet her share of sadness hid. Alternate cover edition and format for ISBN 9781101530900The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world Drifters in search of work George and his simple minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dre.

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E human soul and how we will always long for the impossible It s impossible because there is no sunset over the rainbow Life doesn t uite work like that People don t always et what they want The world is a cruel unforgiving place here This is embodied by Lenny he is vulnerable and emotionally weak He is completely unaware of the vicious strength he possesses He never truly understands the situation He almost walks through the world blind The world he sees is different to that of everyone else s So this is a story about the outsiders about the unloved and misunderstood This a story about those that long for an alternative to the drudgery of standard human existence but have their expectations cut short This is a story about how we judge people based upon their appearance and how we label them unjustly This is a story that Mary Shelley would have loved a story where a character with an innocent heart is destroyed by the world he should have been accepted byFacebook Twitter Insta Academia 608 Of Mice And Men John SteinbeckOf Mice and Men is a novella written by author John Steinbeck Published in 1937 it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small two displaced migrant ranch workers who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United States 1974 1340 104 1356 1362 1345 184 1362 202 1366 137 1389 136 9789643314675 1370 167 1388 172 9789646631670 1394 139 20 1348 175 1363 203 1362 195 1369 195 1381 137 9647438060 137 1382 79 9646089857 Sometimes people can do awful things sometimes they mean it and sometimes they don tIn this novel we learn the story of George and Lennie Two wandering day laborers traveling together from work to work from trouble to trouble One small and cunning the other iant and retarded Working from city to city from field to field but always protecting each other A dream pushes them forward work the fields until one day have enough to purchase a small farm of their own A place where George can work the land and Lennie tend the rabbits But there are difficulties Lennie in his brutish innocence tends to et himself into serious problems and often that not bothA short but very memorable read from the famed pulitzer winner John Steinbeck A little 100p novella about the unbreakable bonds of friendship and the cruelties of a sometimes hostile rural world Still remaining East of Eden or The Grapes of Wrath someday One of those very few exceptions where the movie may actually match the book John Steinbeck creates two immortal characters but the movie 1992 ives them a real palpable soul Mainly due to the exceptional performance of John Malkovich and a very remarkable Gary Sinise Brilliant book to film adaptationUntil next time A veces la Pedal Control: Achieving Speed, Control, Power, and Endurance for the Feet gente puede hacer cosas terribles a veces lo hacen a prop sito y a veces noEn esta novela conocemos la historia de George y Lennie Dos jornaleros errantes viajando juntos de trabajo en trabajo de problema en problema Uno peue o y astuto otroigante y retardado Trabajando de ciudad en ciudad de campo en campo pero siempre protegi ndose el uno al otro Un sue o los motiva a seguir juntos trabajar los campos hasta alg n d a tener lo suficiente para comprar una peue a parcela propia Un lugar donde George pueda trabajar la tierra y Lennie cuidar de los conejos Pero existen dificultades Lennie en su bruta inocencia tiende a meterse en serios aprietos y m s ue a menudo a ambosUna lectura corta pero muy memorable del afamado Poseidons Arrow (Dirk Pitt, ganador del Pulitzer John Steinbeck Una peue a novella de 100p sobre los fuertes lazos de la amistad y las crueldades en un mundo campestre a veces hostilueda pendiente alg n d a leer East of Eden yo The Grapes of Wrath Una de esas peue as excepciones donde la pel cula tal vez supera la obra escrita John Steinbeck crea dos personajes inmortales pero la pel cula 1992 les otorga un alma real Principalmenteracias a las actuaci n excepcional de John Malkovich y un muy destacado Gary Sinise Brillante adaptaci n de cineHasta la pr xima It s the way Steinbeck describes things that Dmitri gets meCrooks the negro stable buck had his bunk in the harness room a little shed that leaned off the wall of the barn On one side of the little room there was a suare four paned window and on the other a narrow plank door leading into the barn Crooks bunk was a long box filled with straw on which his blankets were flung On the wall by the window there were pegs on which hung broken harness in process of being mended strips of new leather and under the window itself a little bench for leather working tools curved knives and needles and balls of linen thread and a small hand riveter On pegs were also pieces of harness a split collar with the horsehair stuffing sticking out a broken hame and a trace chain with its leather covering split Crooks had his apple box over his bunk and in it a range of medicine bottles both for himself and for the horses There were cans of saddle soap and a drippy can of tar with its paint brush sticking over the edge And scattered about the floor were a number of personal possessions for being alone Crooks could leave his things about ad being a stable buck and a cripple he was permanent than the other men and he had accumulated possessions than he could carry on his backNone of this is relevant to the story and yet a middle chapter opens up with this vivid scene Steinbeck succeeds because the characters he paints in your head are exact The first time I saw the movie that was made out of this story it was just as I had envisioned it Though the storyreat itself the reason I will come back to this book is for the little things the very things that have made me love Steinbeck so much I first read Of Mice And Men my sopho year of high school when it was a reuired reading in Mrs Beeler s class I recall disliking almost all reuired school readings up to this point though admittedly I had skipped out on the summer reading project of The Grapes Of Wrath When this book was assigned I knew it was different I blew through it reading it in a day or two even though I wasn t supposed to For once there was a school book that I enjoyed And all the credit in the world to my teacher who chose other ood books the rest of the year So it s been 6 7 years since I ve read this and now reading it for the second time it s just as memorable as I remember The story sticks with you the imagery sticks The characters are among Steinbeck s best painted in such a crystal clear vision of the timeIt s a near perfect short story and one that I will surely revisit throughout my life. Wn strength Tackling universal themes such as the friendship of a shared vision and iving voice to America’s lonely and dispossessed Of Mice and Men has proved one of Steinbeck’s most popular works achieving success as a novel a Broadway play and three acclaimed fil.

E spoiler Trouble with mice is you always kill em Breathtaking prose touching characters and a heart breaking ending Who said only lengthy novel can make an impact I think I ve been avoiding John Steinbeck consciously or subconsciously ever since I was a horse loving teenager and thought that The Red Pony would be a nice pleasant book to read I didn t read any Steinbeck books for yearsBut I was in the local library puttering around in the eneral fiction shelves and happened to pull this one out and noticed how short it was only 107 pages I had just finished reading Jonathan Livingston Seagull which was a 127 page overdose of cheesy 70 s inspiration and it occurred to me that by reading this book to offset JLS I could restore the cosmic balance in my life or something like thatLennie and George are a uniue pair of friends George is restless intelligent and often short tempered Lennie is huge and incredibly strong although mentally damaged He has a childlike sweetness but is easily confused and frightened and that combined with his strength makes him threatening to others Somehow despite their differences the two have formed a friendship George tries to protect Lennie from the world and the world from Lennie It s a difficult task But they have their dreams and plans of a place of their own where they can tend a arden and raise animals And Lennie can take care of the rabbits It s the most heavenly thing he can imagineGeorge and Lennie are hired as field hands at a ranch in California and the foreshadowings of disaster start to come thick and fast An old sheepdog whose usefulness has passed is unceremoniously shot The owner s son Curley comes around to their bunkhouse spoiling for a fight Curley s young bored wife comes around even often looking for a different kind of trouble The hands are sure that they only need a month or two of wages to achieve their plans of a place of their own but the best laid schemes of mice and men Anak Bajang Menggiring Angin gang oft agleyI was expecting to read about shattered dreams but I was surprised and touched by the strength of the theme of true friendship not just the friendship between George and Lennie but also the friendship and understanding offered by Slim the ranch foreman With all of the loneliness and cruelty and loss and disappointment that life can bring it s this one message of hope that I choose to take away from this short but powerful book Yet each man kills the thing he loves Oscar Wilde s prison poem came to mind not only for its literal truth in the context of Lenny and George but also because it evokes the brutal isolation of the whole cast of characters each one of them stuck in their separate reality and unable to connect with each other The young lonely wife has nobody to confide in and keeps looking for trouble out of sheer isolation The black man is so utterly alone that he is almost insane and the barrier of his skin colour is even impenetrable than the woman sender George s loneliness is connected to his responsibility for Lenny and Lenny himself is in the brutal prison of his intellectual inferiority and herculean strength Even the boss son is in a no man s land between privilege and tortureThe dream of sharing a future together keeps the men s spirits alive for a while and it is contagious Breaking out of the isolation enjoying freedo I needed a uick read because I stupidly forgot that the library would be closed yesterday for Veteran s Day I d exhausted my current supply and I needed a short term fix to hold me until I could The House Guest Box Set (SwingersThreesome Bisexual MMF Cuckold Hotwife Menage) ) get some new product today So Irabbed Of Mice and Men off the bookshelf last nightAnd I m lad I did because I d somehow remembered that this was a depressing book How wrong I was Oh sure there were some tense moments like when you think Lennie will accidently hurt Curley s wife in the barn What a relief when George and Candy come in at the last minute and stop anything bad from happening And isn t it nice that the scare changes both Curley and his wife so that they have a much better marriage and new appreciation for each otherPlus it leads to the reat moment when Curley is so Operational Culture for the Warfighter grateful that he fronts George Lennie and Candy the money to finally buy the ranch of their dreams Oh and that last scene with George and Candy on the porch of their new home while Lennie tends the rabbits brought a tear to my eyeWhat s that you say Iot the ending wrong No I m uite certain this is what happened No Be uiet I can t hear you LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA I remember reading this at school at being completely uninterested in the story I remember the teacher droning on about basic plot allegories before we read each section she would tell us what certain things meant before we had even seen them She would explain how this portrays a vital part of American culture and a vital element of human nature All in all we were told what to see in the book before we even began reading Perhaps she should have just let us read it first and see what we took from it before being told how to read it I hated it at the time I hated being told that passages meant certain things when clearly criticism is just speculation This wasn t effective teaching it was being told how to think She should have prized open our minds and made us engage with it When I approached it again years later I did so with of an open mind I was determined to find in the book than I d been taught to see And I did Lenny and George naively dream of the farm they dream of a retreat where they can reside in friendship without having to answer to any master They wouldn t have to The Butterfly and the Baron go to work they can simply work for themselves Running their own farm would mean that they are self sustainable They couldrow crops for themselves and choose when they laboured they would be free Well George wants this Lenny just wants a few rabbits to pet The attractiveness of the dream draws in Candy who is very old and very lonely He doesn t want to end up like his dog put down because of his years He wants someone to protect him and care for him in his advanced years The three become united by this shared dream but it is nothing but fancy Just like heaven Ever body wants a little piece of lan I read plenty of books out here Nobody never Snow Monsters Do Drink Hot Chocolate (The Bailey School Kids Junior Chapter Book, gets to heaven and nobodyets no land It s just in their head They re all the time talkin about it but it s jus in their head Indeed the American dream doesn t exist in this book Only harsh cold reality awaits the protagonists Crooks for all his cruel and understandable bitterness was right in the end The farm is just a dream It is evocative of the loneliness within th. Am a dream that one day they will have some land of their own Eventually they find work on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley but their hopes are doomed as Lennie struggling against extreme cruelty misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy becomes a victim of his

John Steinbeck III was an American writer He wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Grapes of Wrath published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men published in 1937 In all he wrote twenty five books including sixteen novels six non fiction books and several collections of short stories In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for LiteratureSteinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley