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Of Mice and Men

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,620,514 Ratings  ·  27,156 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, Steinbeck Centennial Edition, US / CAN Edition, 112 pages
Published January 8th 2002 by Penguin Books (first published 1937)
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David Schaafsma I think Of Mice and Men IS still a bestseller, in that it is still read widely in schools, so that means a lot of copies are sold. But then, as others…moreI think Of Mice and Men IS still a bestseller, in that it is still read widely in schools, so that means a lot of copies are sold. But then, as others have pointed out, it is an older book, so it is surprising to see people widely still read it outside of school. As to "should" I guess with its focus on kindness, and particularly kindness to the poor and migratory people, I sure wish it were read as widely as possible.(less)
Rimi well, Lennie had parents but they died but he also had a aunt Clara who was taking care of him and she told George to make a promise that to take care…morewell, Lennie had parents but they died but he also had a aunt Clara who was taking care of him and she told George to make a promise that to take care of him when she is gone. Lennie used to be George childhood friend.(less)

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Paul Bryant
Sep 25, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
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 got 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 good titles because they are all about a slap, some help, a Gatsby who was really great, a no good granny, a woman who was married to ...more
Kemper
I needed a quick 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 get some new product today. So I grabbed Of Mice and Men off the bookshelf last night.

And I'm glad 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. Wh
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Nataliya
Mar 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads

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 yeah.

I 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 quickly into the book. And still that did not help the sense of impending doom that was like one prot
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Shayantani Das
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“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?
Bookdragon Sean
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 t
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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.

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I didn't read any Steinbeck books for years.

But I was in the local library, puttering around in the general 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 inspirati
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Ahmad Sharabiani
608. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
Of 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.
عنوانها: موشها و آدمها؛ نویسنده: جان استاینبک (اشتاین بک)؛ انتشاراتیهای: اساطیر، امیرکبیر، کانون معرفت، زرین، مدبر، علی فرهنگی، سعیدی، چکاوک، گلبرگ برزین، جنگل، در
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Andy
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's the way Steinbeck describes things that gets me.

"Crooks, 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 square 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 leath
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Brina
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, novella
Over the past year, I have rediscovered John Steinbeck as a master American story teller. Having read Cannery Row and its follow up Sweet Thursday, I realized what a prolific author Steinbeck was and hope to continue my reading with a number of his novels this year. One novella I did read while in school but have a fuzzy memory of is Of Mice and Men. With a square on this year's classic bingo board being read a group read that you haven't read yet, I decided that it was as good a time as any to ...more
Joe Valdez
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-general
What more can I possibly add to a discussion of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men without drawing a high school English teacher's salary? Considering I'm not drawing bored glances from teenagers, I doubt that a check from LAUSD will appear in my mailbox anytime soon.

-- Published in 1937, this is the work that the Goodreads algorithms seem to have agreed is the author's most renowned. For Stephen King, it's The Shining, for Elmore Leonard it's Get Shorty and for John Steinbeck it's Of Mice and Me
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Mariah
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Mariah by: Krissy
This is a story about George Milton and Lennie Small, two 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. George Milton is intelligent but uneducated and Lennie Small is extremely physically strong but mentally disabled.

After being hired at a farm, the pair are confronted by the Boss's son who dislikes Lennie. Another worker on the farm offers to help pay to buy a farm with George and Lennie.
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Dolors
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those striving for dreams & friendship
Shelves: read-in-2014
Only a writer capable of assembling the symbolic with the folkloric can pen a novella that straddles genres, writing techniques and figurative voices and tug at the heartstrings of both commonplace audiences and the most exigent of readers.
Such indisputable universality is what Steinbeck accomplished with “Of Mice and Men”, a fabled novella with a linear plot delivered in a succession of theatrical scenes, compact on the surface and with simply drawn characters that might be accused of being ex
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Whitney Atkinson
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
I think it's tradition for me to finish a classic and think, "That was good, but I wonder what insights and symbolism I missed out on since I didn't read this for class and have a professor telling me about it." It's also just really hard to review classics in general, because whereas "normal" books I can pick apart the plot, characters, pace, etc., there's something different about these. I feel like I always expect classics to be deep and mindblowing with huge world-shifting themes, but in rea ...more
Brian Yahn
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Of Mice and Men is the story of two men, George and Lennie, working toward their dream--essentially to retire by acquiring a farm of their own. The story brilliantly shows how easy it is to make dreams a reality, how obvious it is to have dreams and chase them.

But Steinbeck slowly turns things into a nightmare by introducing Curley and his wife. Just by getting in with the wrong crowd at the wrong time and having a few character flaws, Steinbeck shows how dreams are really made of nothing, held
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فرشاد
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
شاهکار فوقالعاده ای از روابط انسانی و سرگذشت غم انگیز دو دوست کارگر.. نثر نمایشنامه ای و ریتم بالای این اثر بهمراه شخصیت پردازی فوقالعاده و گیرایی روایت، خوانش اثر رو بشدت لذت بخش میکنه و درنهایت پایان تراژیک کتاب هست که جای هیچ بحثی رو باقی نمیگذاره.. ...more
*TANYA*
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2017
I had read this back in high school when it was mandated. I vaguely remembered the story when I started reading it, many, many, many moons later and it is without a doubt a great classic tale.
Shannon
Jul 07, 2007 rated it it was ok
i hated this book.
steinbeck is crap.
children should not be forced to read it.

ok, i really just don't like steinbeck's aesthetic. i dislike the killing of innocent animals, the dehumanization of the mentally retarded--and don't try to tell me that lenny isn't marginalized here. the book is depressing and directionless, and not in the ironic waiting-for-godot sort of way. the descriptions are flat, emotionless, and dessicated.

however, curly's wife is awesome. she's just so bizarre and pathetic, so
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Duane
A small book with a big heart; actually it was George and Lennie with the big hearts. Two friends, migrant workers in California during the Depression, looking out for one another, trying to scrap by and save enough money for a place of their own. Their big dream can't overcome their human frailty or the harsh and unforgiving time they lived in. If not for the The Grapes of Wrath this would be Steinbeck's masterpiece.

4.5 stars
Mariel
Nov 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: loners
Recommended to Mariel by: probably my mother
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Rebbie
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2016
Oh God. I want more. I *need* more.

I'm a giant ball of sheer emotion right now, as many people must've been when they finished this story. Dang it, John Steinbeck, how could you do this to us? How could you write something so heart-wrenching, and manage to leave us wanting more?

Maybe I'm just a glutton for punishment...but I can't be the only one who's had such a visceral reaction to this story.

Lennie and George.
George and Lennie.

Two lonely men who live on the fringe of society, desperately
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James
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1-fiction
Book Review
4 out of 5 stars to Of Mice and Men, a novel written in 1937 by John Steinbeck. What a heartbreaking book... many students in American high schools read this one around 9th or 10th grade, and it provokes such sensitive topics to be discussed. A quick summary: Lenny and George are drifters looking for work. Lenny is a little slow and has a few disabilities that weren't addressed when he was younger, likely due to time time period (early 20th century) when they had ability to ignore
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Mario
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, own-read
Guy don't need no sense to be a nice fella. Seems to me sometimes it jus' works the other way around. Take a real smart guy and he ain't hardly ever a nice fella.

Well, fuck. I never knew a short book could drain me emotionally this much.

Of Mice and Men is a book that I think everyone should read, at least once. I read it yesterday, in one sitting, and I still can't stop thinking about it. Without a doubt, this book became one of my favorite classics.

Of Mice and Men is a story about two men, Geor
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Mohammed  Ali
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كان حلما، أملا، رغبة و طموحا .
كان خطة، نفقا مضيئا في ظلمات الحياة، ركيزة تشحذ بها و عليها الهمم، غاية للإستيقاظ كل صباح و هدفا في حياة سوداء قاتمة

العمل .. ثمّ العمل .. لإمتلاك مزرعة
و لكن .. نحن معشر الطبقة الكادحة الكالحة .. نعمل .. و نعمل .. و نعمل .. ثمّ نموت .. عيشة رمادية ضبابية .. ثمّ موت أسود قاتم .

إنّ الأشخاص الذين هم على شاكلتنا، و يخدمون في المزارع، ليس لهم في هذا العالم ظهر و لا أهل .. إنّهم وحيدون ..



رواية من زمن الكساد و الفتور الإقتصادي في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، رواية عن الرجال
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Andrei Tamaş
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ce să spun? :). Nu prea am cuvinte. Cert este că m-a făcut să plâng. Mă bucur că măcar în cărţi mai pot întâlni asemenea personaje pline de candoare (dar care au să cadă, la urma urmei, în abisul fatalităţii).
Al meu alter ego tindea să creadă, parcurgând primele două capitole (fiind şase în total), că opera lui Steinbeck e dedicată exclusiv posterităţii americane. Însă, intrând mai adânc în subiect, am rămas cu totul fascinat. Esenţa romanului este constituită de caracterul lui Lennie şi mai puţ
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Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 30, 2009 rated it did not like it
I know...classic, movies, been around for years, greatly respected author, etc., etc., etc. But, nihilism leaves me cold...

Enjoy if it's you...but (and I've used this quote before) this book typifies "life is hard and then you die". Who cares how well the story is written that gets you there.

The very quality of the writing here made the experience worse for me. It has been brought to my attention of late that Steinbeck was a gifted writer. It's true he was, and the message in the story he relate
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Eryn✵
4/5

This won't be a "real" review, however I wanted to point out how I read this in Middle School and didn't enjoy it -- and now at 20 years old, I thought it was amazing! They're making kids reads this far too soon, in my opinion.

Regardless, Steinbeck can really write well. I'm going to have to read East of Eden soon!
Jadranka
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"O miševima i ljudima“ je moj prvi susret sa Stajnbekom. I evo opet moram sebi da zveknem jedan čitalački šamar što sam toliko čekala.
Ovo je jedna dirljiva priča o prijateljstvu izmedju dva muškarca u doba Velike depresije u Americi, tačnije u dolini Salinas.
Leni i Džordž predstavljaju suštu suprotnost jedan drugome, jedan je krupan čovek u telu deteta, nesvestan posledica svojih postupaka, a drugi je sitan i snalažljiv, a opet nadopunjuju se i u neku ruku čine porodicu. Oni su porodica jer br
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Chrissie
I have read this long ago, but am now rereading this in January 2017. How will I react this time?

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I am so moved! I don't know how to express adequately how much I loved this book. You know everybody thinks, "Oh Chrissie, she just appreciates non-fiction." Well that is not true, but I do set high standards. Sure, non-fiction you can count on for teaching, for providing knowledge you lacked before. Because you can learn something it is seldom a waste of time, but rarely can a b
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Embraced_evils
Mar 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Yes
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Becky
"Guy don't need no sense to be a nice fella. Seems to me sometimes it jus' works the other way around. Take a real smart guy and he ain't hardly ever a nice fella." - Of Mice And Men

I really think I love John Steinbeck, which is surprising to me, because I never would have thought of myself as a Steinbeck reader. There's just something about the way he writes that cuts through all the bullshit and pretense and just tells it like it is, and I find that really refreshing. Sometimes they aren't eas
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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 Literature.

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