Of Mice and Men – Read It and Rate It

Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck
Historical Fiction

Review #1
* * * Stars (Pretty good)
George and his best bud Lennie are migrant workers in California. Lennie isn’t always the brightest, however. Will they be able to reach their dream of owning a farm? Or will Lennie’s childish ways get in the way of that?

Review #2
* * * * Stars (Great!)
Of Mice and Men is about two men going place to place looking for work. Unfortunate events cause them to look for ranches elsewhere.  The setting takes place in the 1900s in California. I gave this book four stars because I think Steinbeck created and interesting story. However, I thought the book got boring at times as Steinbeck was very detailed about the setting. Most of all, I liked how OMM makes you think whether the choices made throughout the men’s journey was right or wrong. I would recommend this book. 

Review #3
* * * * Stars (Great!)
“Of Mice and Men,” written by John Steinbeck, unfolds during the Great Depression. The story revolves around two migrant workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, who dream of a better life and a piece of land to call their own. George and Lennie both dream of having their own piece of land, where they can “live off the fatta the lan”. George is smart and practical, while Lennie is physically strong but mentally challenged. Lennie’s name is ironic since it is said that he is a large man, whereas his name signifies that he is small. As the duo seeks employment on various ranches, they encounter several other migrant workers on the ranch, each struggling with their own dreams and hardships. The heart of this story lies in the friendship between George and Lennie. Despite their differences, George acts as a protector and guide for Lennie. However, the dream faces numerous challenges, and the story takes a tragic turn when those challenges become unavoidable. Will George and Lennie be able to survive the challenges that are presented during the Great Depression? Will they be able to survive their dreams? Read the book to find out!

“Of Mice and Men” is one of the most famous pieces of literature centered around the Great Depression. Something that may annoy readers is the length of the book. The book is a mere 107 pages since it is a novella. Overall, “Of Mice and Men” is a must-read for anyone who enjoys a mix of heartwarming friendship and heartbreaking reality checks. It’s a classic that tugs at your heartstrings and makes you think about the power of dreams, the meaning of friendship, and the tough choices life throws your way. For high school teens + adults.

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