Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they’ll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn’t know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss’s daughter in law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him….
Have you ever read a book that’s so simple and barely over a hundred pages long, and yet grips you in such a manner that you are left quite dazed? A book that is quite bitter sweet and leaves you emotionally drained? Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck fits right into such a category, which I have found to be quite rare.
Of Mice And Men tells the story of George Milton and his friend Lennie Small, who are searching for work in the fields of California. George, a quick witted, intelligent yet uneducated and a quite small man is Lennie’s best friend and guardian. Lennie, contrastingly is mentally challenged, huge and unaware of his own strength. All the duo want is to achieve their dream, which is to own a piece of land. And for Lennie, it is much simpler in that he just wants to pet rabbits. Their life takes a new turn when they get a work in a ranch, when for once again Lennie’s love for anything soft gets him in trouble, but for worse.
As soon as I started the book, I immediately fell in love with the characters, especially their friendship. There are numerous instances where George is quite annoyed with Lennie’s inability to remember things and follow instructions, yet he always looks after Lennie. And Lennie sincerely and most innocently tries his level best to make his best friend happy.
There is so much you can learn from this book, in spite of it being quite short. It teaches you about friendship that is quite pure and innocent and the power and beauty in the simplest dreams of life, among other things. First published in 1937,the book takes the reader through a short yet enlightening journey through a time of social discrimination and the great depression in the US.
This is one book that doesn’t have anything too much or too less,and I honestly feel that everyone has to read it at least once in their lifetime. It doesn’t matter what genre you love or whether you are a non reader, this is a must read.