Review// Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck



Author: John Steinbeck 
Series: Standalone
Genre: Classic
Release Date: November 23, 1937
Book Length: 107 pages 
Publisher: Penguin Books
Review: 4/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

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. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie’s unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.

My Review:

This was a very short, yet very impactful book. I went into it knowing nothing at all, but there was a sense of impending doom the whole time feeling like something bad was going to happen. I think I knew it from the beginning but I didn’t want to believe it.

George and Lennie were an unlikely pair but they worked well together as friends. Sometimes George was awfully mean to Lennie and I started to dislike his character a bit, but at the same time I felt that he did actually love him. The ending, as predicted, was extremely upsetting. If you are looking for a book with a happy ending, this isn’t it! There is a lot of symbolism and theme analysis that can be done with this though so if you like books where you can do that, this is the one. Personally, I like going to Sparknotes and reading up on themes and analysis after I’m done since I’m not reading this for school and don’t have a teacher to help introduce those things I may have missed.

There is a slang to the writing that may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but if you are looking for a quick read that packs a punch, this is a good place to start.


21 thoughts on “Review// Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck

    • Thank you! 🙂 Isn’t it the best when you find an audiobook with a great narrator voice? It’s very hit or miss! I actually didn’t know it was available in audiobook format, I think that would have been such a fun way to read it

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      • It should be. I remember it being available when I was in high school, thirteen years ago. I totally agree, audio is hit or miss. I tend to lean more towards female narrators than males. Sometimes if the male narrator doesn’t sound right — too old of a voice for the male lead, I can’t listen to it.

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  1. I read this in High school and your review is pretty spot on! The whole story does have an odd feeling of doom which does happen in the end, can’t say I enjoyed it too much!

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    • Yeah I feel it’s hit or miss! I can see why someone wouldn’t enjoy it though because there isn’t even a happy ending as the redeeming quality. There’s lots of scenes that suggest the ending and you really don’t wanna believe it 😅

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  2. Steinbeck has fast become a favorite author after I read East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath, then this one, Of Mice and Men. In this short novella his literary genius shines and at the same time breaks your heart to pieces. Have you read The Red Pony?

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