Lisa Bee’s #CBR5 Review #28: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and MenI started out reading John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men while picturing it as an old-timey travelling farmer story starring Walton Goggins and Hodor (hooray!). Oh, how amusing this was to me at first. And it really was the easiest way to picture the characters (with some slight changes, of course) in my head as it all went along. Until the course of the story started to fill me with worry and doubt, which ended up in just plain old heartbreak. I should have seen it coming; I did see it coming, but just like how you may watch a film even though you know you’re going to end up crying in it, I walked right into this one as well. That’s not to say that it made me intensely emotional or anything, but it kind of weighed a little heavy on my heart at the end. This could definitely be seen as a testament to the author’s abilities as a writer, and it really was a beautiful and brief story, but at the same time, I’m not sure if it was really for me at the end of all things…

It is true, however, that when I read these “classic” novels I can understand why they are so often read and praised, though I myself may not enjoy them as much as I feel I should, simply based on the fact that they are so highly regarded. Of Mice and Men has always been one of those books whose title I’ve heard spouted about and talked about as being typical reading in high school, and yet I’ve never had anyone I know read it (for school or otherwise), and I realized that I never had even the slightest idea what the whole thing was about. What is it about? In it’s simplest sense, I found it to be about the many dreams that humans may have, and how they may act in regards to these dreams. It also seemed to deal a lot with ideas regarding companionship and loneliness, all while following the path of men without homes, as they travel from farm to farm, looking for work.

I’m sure most people do in fact know what this book is about, but if you are like me and were a bit oblivious to it over all these years but want to know more, my full review can be found here.

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