Greetings you guys! I am ever so proud of my Mommy. She just managed to finish her Classics Club Spin #31 book. Luckily it was a quick read, but by no means a light or an easy read. I’m sure we are in the minority of Classics Lovers who haven’t read this one yet:Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
on February 25th, 1937
“I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's
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. But George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own.
While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck's work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing 'Of Mice and Men' (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and a shared dream that makes an individual's existence meaningful.
A unique perspective on life's hardships, this story has achieved the status of timeless classic due to its remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films.
To review this book, will be no easy task either. If you look on Goodreads, there are over 43 000 reviews on this book, some of our favorite readers and bloggers amongst them. It does appear as if we are going to be in the minority with our 3.5 Star review as well. Yes, this book was beautifully written – wow. You can get lost in the prose and forget about the content as a whole. But then again, reading is a holistic experience.
So why only 3.5 stars? The world has changed. Hasn’t it? Somehow, it became lighter. Somehow, it became heavier to carry a friend. Somehow, having a piece of the land isn’t the dream anymore. And somehow, we live in that world and adapts to it. As humans do. We become isolated to the story of George and Lennie. Animal cruelty will not be tolerated, even in literature. The aptness there of is notwithstanding. Racial and gender discrimination that are just a shrug of the shoulder, need to lead to some form of empowerment or revenge at the very least. Isn’t that what this world long for these days?
I absolutely hate the fact that even my Mommy wanted more from this classic tale. I think she will realize in days to come, that as with most really good classics, it takes time to sink in. To take root and to grow in your thoughts, until you realize that having a piece of the land, is still the dream. To carry a friend, is never a heavy load. To lay him down, that’s when it becomes heavy. The world hasn’t really become lighter, just fluffier.
She might need to read this again. It is a quick read after all.
Lots of Love,