Monday, January 23, 2012

Of Mice and Men By: John Steinbeck


Of Mice and Men is a very short, and depressing, book describing the life of two ranch hands from the sixties. One of the two, Lennie, is a large unintelligent man who is obsessed with touching things: mice, dresses, hair, etc. Lennie is also constantly worried about his minor wrongdoings. This book tells of his misadventures. George, on the other hand, is a serious man who was put in charge of keeping Lennie in line. He often daydreams about getting his own property so that he doesn’t have to rely on others. The two of them travel together in their attempt to get the money they need to live off the land. The book introduces the reader to the story with Lennie questioning George about everything I think this is a good device to introduce everything, but I don’t think it is an ideal method. The two go to a ranch they plan on working at and land a job. They meet a violent man and his disloyal wife. Lennie often gets into trouble with these two. Thing that makes this book not reach its full potential is that the book ends with a series of murders. Also, the book either tells you everything about a character, or absolutely nothing. This book is good, but it could have been better without much effort on the author’s side.