Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men 1

by John Steinbeck

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/09/1993

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A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression

They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation.

Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.

"A thriller, a gripping tale . . . that you will not set down until it is finished. Steinbeck has touched the quick." --The New York Times

ISBN:
9780140177398
9780140177398
Category:
Classic fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-09-1993
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
189.74x105.92x7.37mm
Weight:
0.07kg
John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, in 17 February 1902. After studying English at Stanford University, he held several jobs including working as a hod-carrier, apprentice painter, laboratory assistant, ranch hand, fruit-picker, construction worker at Madison Square Gardens, New York, and reporter for the New York American. In 1935 he became a full-time writer and was a special writer for the United States Army Air Force during World War II.

Among his most renowned works are Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row, East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940.

In 1926 Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature as a mark of his outstanding contribution to literature, his unquestionable popularity and his versatility. In his speech accepting the Nobel Prize, Steinbeck gave his view of authorship: 'The ancient omission of the writer has not changed.

He is charged with exposing our may grevious faults and failures, with dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement. Furthermore, the writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man's proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit for gallantry in defeat - for courage, compassion and love.' John Steinbeck died on 20th December 1968.

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  • A classic and a great read

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    Drawing from his own experience as a poor and homeless wanderer working in farms in California, John Steinbeck weaves a mesmerising story of human loneliness in Of Mice and Men.

    Widely regarded as the best novella of all time, the book will leave you feeling connected to the characters in barely 100 pages.

    Those who are sensitive to profanity my want to steer clear though as the book uses it liberally and is banned in some places because of it.

    A classic and a great read