Short and Sweet Reviews // Of Mice and Men

“I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.”

― John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

I’m on a mission to read as many of the classics that most people read in high school, and that I missed out on, as I can. A big one on that list is Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the story of George and his big muscles yet simple-minded companion Lenny working ranches in California in the hopes that one day they might save enough to have a little land to call their own.

I never got around to reading it because it just didn’t look like the kind of book I would enjoy. I tend to gravitate toward to the dystopian rather than the tragedy genre of fiction, and I tend not to like novellas. I will tell you; I was wrong about this little bookOf Mice and Men packs quite an emotional and thoughtful punch in a tiny package.

For a book written almost entirely about menI was surprised to find their emotional needs discussed so thoroughly. This book tackles, as one of it’s major themes, the strong need for friendship and companionship between men as well as the need for freedom and the desire to have a space that belongs to you and from which you can reap the fruits of your labor.Some relatable, but deep stuff.

“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”

― John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

I do wish I had read this book when I was younger. I think it might have had a greater impact on me then. While reading it, I got the feeling that there was only one way this book could end. As we got closer, and the plot was building and building, I found that I couldn’t put the book down, everything was so intense! But intense doesn’t last. I am an adult who has lived many years in a world where worse than what happens in this book happens on the news every day.

So, do I recommend it?

Yes, yes I do! Of Mice and Men is very well written and a little different from most books of the books I have encountered. It’s a perspective on a time that has long past and a glimpse into the emotional need of the kinds of men I haven’t met in many other books. And anyway, it’s really short so you might as well, right?

Most of you will probably have read Of Mice and Men already, and I’d be very interested in hearing what you thought of it. Whether you liked it or not, and whether you think it still has a place and a purpose in this day and age? Drop a note in

Drop a note in the comments to let me know what you think :)

“Trouble with mice is you always kill ’em.”

― John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

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5 thoughts on “Short and Sweet Reviews // Of Mice and Men”

  1. Hmm I think I read Of Mice and Men in grade 10. I don’t think I particularly liked it back then, but since I read it as a high school text, and we deconstructed it, I did appreciate the story and messages, etc. It’s actually one that I keep thinking I should re-read. It’s funny how you say you wish you’d read it back in high school – I reckon I’d appreciate it more now (but I suppose I read different books back then, and it was such a contrast)

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  2. It’s a great book. A lot is hidden behind the simple words and simple story. Although I’m more of a sci-fi/fantasy type person, Steinbeck is one of my favorite 20th century authors.

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