Book Blurbs (Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck)
Of Mice and Men (1937) is a novella written by John Steinbeck (1902 – 1968) that tells the story of George Milton, an intelligent man with quick wit, and Lennie Small, a big man with a child’s brain. The narrative begins with the unlikely pair approaching a ranch near Soledad, California and follows their trials as George cares for Lennie. Lennie is a lot of work, the big man loves touching soft things and his appreciation of texture and monstrous strength causes him to accidentally kill soft mice and soft puppies. Though Lennie does bad things from time to time, “he never done one of ’em mean” (90). Though the pair must part ways when Lennie pays for his misdeeds, their dream of owning their own land may be comfort to Lennie as he lays in the soft dirt.
Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. New York: Penguin Books. 1978. print.