Another book read for the Classics Club which if you don’t already know, is a club where we make a list of a minimum of 50 classics we want to read in 5 years or less and then we blog and talk about the book after we are done. Join here if you are interested and here is my original list.
Of Mice and Men
Author: John Steinbeck
“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”
I actually had to read this for school. With most people, they kind of despise the books they are forced to read for school but I found myself enjoying this. It is my first Steinbeck novel and I know that I will definitely be reading more of his books in the future.
The prose in this book is just stunning. There were so many times when I was just in shock because of how beautiful the writing was. And because it was read for English class, we broke down the sentences and there is so much thought and precision put into every word, it’s unreal. So yeah, I really loved the writing, it definitely stood out to me.
As for the characters, I kind of have mixed emotions about all of them.
I honestly loved Lennie. He was such a soft, pure little guy and I just felt so bad for him. I know what he did wasn’t his fault but I kind of wish the last two chapters never happened because now I’m a smol ball of depressed, mixed emotions
He never really admits it but you can see how much he cares for Lennie and it just kind of breaks my heart. I honestly don’t know how I feel about what he did at the end but I can definitely see where it’s coming from even if it does make me want to hurl the book across the room.
As for some of the other characters, I really liked Candy. I felt bad for him because of his dog but all he wanted was to run away with George and Lennie and he was still really sweet. As for Slim, I also thought he was a pretty nice guy, as well as Carlson.
But I strongly disliked Curley with a burning passion, as does everyone else who reads this. Also Curley’s wife, she’s really evil but there’s a part where we get to see a side of her and I kind of warm up to her just very slightly. Also, the fact that she doesn’t even get called by a name, just ‘Curley’s wife’ really shows the sexism back then.
This book was super short but it had such a big impact. There is so much depth to it and I understand why it is read for English classes, it definitely deserves that, even if most kids end up disliking it.
I know this review is short but I’m a little tired of analysing this book for my class but I just wanted to say that this unique little book is so special and it is definitely worth your time.
Feel free to chat. Have you read this yet? If not, I definitely recommend it 🙂