Published in: 1937
Edition read: Paperback
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.
What even was this book? It’s a short book, it takes place over about 2 days, and nothing much happens. Lenny and George are two out-of-town workers, drifters, trying to start a new life, looking towards the next life, trying to get their own place. Lenny is mentally challenged, and George means well, trying to protect him. Lenny doesn’t mean to hurt anyone or anything, he has a gentle nature, but his size and strength are his downfall, as he mistakenly hurts things time and time again.
I didn’t agree with the ending at all- what the hell George?- but understand a different time means different ways of doing things. However, what the hell George? It seemed like everything was going well, then it all went to hell, and it’s because of people not understanding others.
I didn’t hate this book, but I didn’t love it either.
Of Mice and Men rating: 4/10
Would I re-read it? Nope, once was enough
Who would I recommend it to? People with little time on their hands but wanting to read a novel- this short book is for you.