Of mice and men book review 1937

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck My Rating: 4 of 5 stars It takes courage to stand up and speak. It also takes courage to sit down and listen.

Book Review: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (1937)

It takes courage to stand up and speak. It also takes courage to sit down and listen. These are the words on one of my most favorite posters. What always keeps me hooked to these lines is the validity of the trait, courage, from both ends of the spectrum. It holds good, irrespective of the side one stands at. Whether there is merit in holding on or giving in, is a matter of perspective which often remains stranded on the crossroads of past experiences and future expectations. At one such crossroad, we meet George Milton and Lennie Small.

Published in , Of Mice and Men is remembered as one of Steinbeck's most important and influential novels. Chronicling a few days in the lonely lives of two migrant workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, Of Mice and Men shows the devastating impact that the Great Depression had on many American's ability to succeed financially. Like Steinbeck's other work written during the Great Depression, The Grapes of Wrath , Of Mice and Men comments on the elusiveness of the American Dream and the false hope of material prosperity that is often dangled in front of the lower and middle classes. According to critic Michael Meyer, writing for the modern Literary Encyclopedia , Steinbeck "especially liked the parallels suggested by the poem's story-line which depicts the random destruction of a mouse's home by a plow. It was also a selection for the book of the month club. Biographer Jackson Benson reports the novel "[ Both Hollywood and Broadway were quick to see the novel's dramatic possibilities"

It was typical of Steinbeck to doubt the quality of his work after it was finished. Additionally, Steinbeck had experimented with novel form in Of Mice and Men and he was unsure about how readers would react to this. In less than a month after its February debut, , copies were sold, and the reviews were, for the most part, encouraging. The novella was and still is a success, both commercially and critically, and has a somewhat interesting history. Initially titled Something That Happened , Steinbeck claimed he was writing the book for children. But the action and themes of the finished novel show a clear change from this original purpose. A second writing was completed in mid-August

One of the most heavily criticised winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Steinbeck has gone down in history as one of the most taught authors in both the United Kingdom and the United States. His first fictional novel Cup of Gold was published in though it was his novel Tortilla Flat that gained Steinbeck his first critical success.
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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck(Book Review)

Mice and Men was originally published in George is a small gentle, sensitive fellow, not too bright, a farm worker. They are migrant farm workers in California. George has created a dream world for Lennie, but he has come to believe in it himself. Among other things they will raise rabbits and Lennie will be in charge of them. Then George will come get him and they will move on. Yet George takes Lennie under his wing, cares for him, watches out for him, rescuses him time after time and keeps their dream alive.

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