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Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men 1

by John Steinbeck

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 23/07/2014

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'I seen hunderds of men come by on the road an' on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an' that same damn thing in their heads. Hunderds of them. They come, an' they quit an' go on; an' every damn one of 'em's got a little piece of land in his head. An' never a God damn one of 'em ever gets it. Just like heaven. Ever'body wants a little piece of lan'. I read plenty of books out there. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody never gets no land. It's just in their head.' 'Such a perfect book.' Nick Hornby 'A thriller, a gripping tale that you will not set down until it is finished.' New York Times 'Human, uninhibited, bawdy and compassionate.' Daily Telegraph 'A novelist who is also a true poet.' Sunday Times Also available in this series- East of Eden The Grapes of Wrath The Pearl The Moon is Down
ISBN:
9780141396033
9780141396033
Category:
Classic fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
23-07-2014
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
128
Dimensions (mm):
181x111x7mm
Weight:
0.08kg
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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  • Steinbeck's Msaterpiece

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    John Steinbecks of Mice and Men is a masterpiece in storytelling. The real beauty of this book is its ability to portray the characters as human beings with their own motivations and desires rather than just caricatures of California great depression. A short read, you will dread reading the last few pages but also dread the end of such a great book.

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