The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world. Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream--a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie, struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy, becomes a victim of his own strength.
John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is a classic well-suited to the name. Examining the lives of the working class and migrant workers during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, Steinbeck portrays the hope and loneliness of the American dream.
The short length of the story belies the powerful poignancy. The writing is straightforward and succinct, the simplistic style lending veracity to the depths Steinbeck delves to in his examination of humanity. The descriptions are exact and vivid.
Of Mice and Men is a quintessential American story that is worth multiple reads.