Monday, June 4, 2012

Of Mice & Men

Based on John Steinbeck's 1937 classic tale of two travelling companions, George and Lennie, who wander the country during the Depression, dreaming of a better life for themselves. Then, just as heaven is within their grasp, it is inevitably yanked away. The film follows Steinbeck's novel closely, exploring questions of strength, weakness, usefulness, reality and utopia, bringing Steinbeck's California vividly to life. Written by Amy Thomasson
The classic John Steinbeck tale of two friends - George and Lennie - who wander the country during the Depression. Lennie is mentally retarded and doesn't know his own strength causing frequent problems for his companion George. An incident with a young girl leads to a tragic end for this classic American tale.

I highly recommend this book to read at least once in your lifetime especially since it is a very short novel and can be finished within a day. It makes readers visualize different perspectives of all the characters in the novel and makes you think closely about your own stance and preference if you were placed in the same situation as the characters in the novel. For example, readers are forced to think on how they would treat people who are mentally or physically impaired and realize the true value of friendship. This book can also be very sad at times, but make a different person by the end of the book. It relates to everyday human life which makes it a great book to read.

Favorite Quote:
"Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. . . . With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us." - George

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