Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

of mice and menSmall, quick-witted George and huge, mentally challenged Lennie are unlikely friends in the Depression era. The one very important thing they have in common is a nearly impossible dream to go from outsiders to landowners.

What I Thought of Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

When I first picked up this book for a school project, I was prepared for the worst: pretentious, archaic vocabulary, and sentences that take up entire pages. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Of Mice and Men is nothing like this. With its straightforward prose, vivid descriptions, and honest to life characters, it isn’t hard to see how this book became a classic.

To begin, Of Mice and Men offers an easy to read, no nonsense plot. Steinbeck tells it like it is, and in combination with the Western slang and dialogue, a refreshingly unmistakeable voice is formed. Without all the unnecessary adjectives and fancy nouns, Of Mice and Men is made a much more enjoyable read for simpletons like me. In fact, it can easily be finished in one sitting because of its fast paced storyline and short overall length.

My absolute favorite aspect of this book is the way Lennie, George, and the California setting are described. By the time I finished this book, I felt acutely familiar with lifestyle and speech of the Great Depression. Of course, this probably wasn’t too hard to do considering Of Mice and Men was published during this time, but the fact that the setting in this book has remained relevant and understandable over 80 years later is a great feat. Next, Lennie, George, Curley and his wife, and all the other characters quite simply stood out the most in Of Mice and Men. From the first few pages, I fell in love with George’s wit and outspoken nature and even more so with Lennie’s kind heart and misunderstood, child-like mind. Their friendship was brilliantly described and their fallible personalities were heartbreakingly realistic. It’s amazing how the writing served up some of my favorite literary characters in barely 100 pages.

Overall, Of Mice and Men has an uncomplicated prose, well described setting, and fantastic characters. Devoid of ancient words and insane length, this book is a timeless classic that is a thoroughly painless and enjoyable read, for which I give it 4.5 stars.

The most memorable part of this book is, of course, the ending. It’s shocking, short, and tragic, and leaves a lasting impression on everyone that reads it.

Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars