0028 | Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

REVIEW
Exquisitely crafted, this short novel is a classic for a very good reason. At the start of the book, it’s mice that succumb to powers they cannot comprehend or prevent. By the end, it’s men.

I felt that this was a novel about power; the power to seduce, the power to intimidate, the power to kill, the power to imagine, the power to dream but ultimately, the power to be merciful.

As I listened to this, I found the interplay between the characters fascinating. I particularly admired the yearning hope that the main characters had to escape their lives. I wanted them to succeed in obtaining that freedom. I guess at least one of them did.

OPENING LINE
A few miles south of Solidad the Salinas river drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green.

QUOTES

Every guy got land in his head. They never got none under the hand.

CLOSING LINE
Now what the hell you s’pose is eating them two guys?

RATING:terrible > poor > mediocre > okay > good > very good > excellent > superb

FINISHED:2007 – May

  • dew May 21, 2007, 3:38 am

    Yeah, this is a good one. It’s been a long time since I read it, though.

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  • Bellezza May 21, 2007, 6:59 am

    I am visiting you via HeidiJane’s blog Adventures in Bookland. I am pleased to meet you, as I am also a Christian with a passion for reading. (It doesn’t feel like there are a plethora of us in the world!)

    I have read with great relish several of the books I see in your sidebar: Atlas Shrugged, Crime and Punishment, The Robber Bride to name a few. In fact, when you finish The Robber Bride I would truly enjoy a discussion with you if you post on it. It’s my very favorite Atwood novel, and one for which I have an opinion not anyone else who’s read it shares. That I know of. I don’t want to spoil the book for you, so hopefully we can “talk” when you’re done.

    Regarding Mice and Men, I saw the play in London many years ago, and it made me cry. I have such a soft spot for people with disabilities, probably partly due to the fact that I’m a teacher. But, also, there but by the grace of God go I.

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  • Lotus May 25, 2007, 5:15 am

    Indebted to you for the excellent reviews of these fine classics. Somehow, I missed reading this one and must remedy it as soon as possible.

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  • John May 25, 2007, 8:05 pm

    thanks so much Lotus!

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