My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I haven’t read this story since high school, and I’m sure back then I didn’t think it was that good. However, I’m glad I picked it up and reread it. I was able to feel more deeply about the characters and their situation. I love how the friendship between Lennie and George played out even though the ending is sad. I know some still read this in high school and I’m glad they do despite this book being banded.
The 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 dream–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 own strength. Tackling universal themes such as the friendship of a shared vision, and giving 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 films.