Review: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

890John Steinbeck writes of such a trip in OF MICE AND MEN: the desperate longing of men for some kind of home-roots that they can believe in, land that they can care for-and the painful search for self. This beautiful, timeless novel speaks of the love that men can feel for each other-one inarticulate, dumb, sometimes violent in his need; the other clever, hopeful, and tied to a responsibility he doesn’t want.   (From: Goodreads)

Because of the profound meaning the author wanted to convey to the readers, this book was undoubtedly a masterpiece in American literature. The story mainly depicted two different men from some small towns with heavy southern accents and since they were poor labors in ranches, their daily conversation was seriously grammatically wrong. But that didn’t bother me, either. After all, regarding to the background of the time the book took place, those details only made the story more heartfelt.

There were two men—the one who was inarticulate, dumb, and violent, even, especially when he saw something he liked, he would do whatever to hold onto it; the other one was completely the opposite from him, smart, future-promising, but always felt the unbreakable responsibility to look after his…friend—therefore, they traveled across America together in order to find another job. Even though it seemed very thoughtful for the latter man to do so, well, the ending was overwhelmingly pathetic, sad, and tragic. I felt truly sorry for both of them.

In my opinion, the most impressive part of the book is that the author wrote a story about a below-the-average but hardworking, with exremely strong arms man’s experiences. It’s rare to read something so realistic yet a little bit harsh and vulgar nowadays. All in all, it’s a brand-new reading experience for me and if you like to read a thought-provoking, historical, literature material, maybe you can give this a shot.


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