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