Friday, May 6, 2011
"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck
George and Lenny are not much alike. While George is quick and intelligent, Lenny is large, with the mind of a small child. Yet they travel together, working as laborers in California vegetable fields, George protecting Lenny, and Lenny following George like a faithful pet.
When they find themselves working for a cruel rancher named Curley, all they hope and dream for seems closer than ever. Within a year, it seems that they'll have their own cabin, and will be living off the fat of the land, as George puts it. But catastrophe strikes in the form of a flirtatious woman, and this time even George cannot save Lenny from himself.
One of the things I really liked about this book is all the detail paid to the characters' manners of speech. When you read the book, you can almost hear the characters speaking, the dialogue is so clearly portrayed.
In this book, I think the author, John Steibeck, is not only trying to demonstrate the hard lives that the laborers had. I think he is also trying to teach several lessons, or at least put his opinions out about a couple of subjects.
One of the things I think he is trying to point to is that, in his opinion, females are the root of most evil. My reason for thinking that is because, in this book, the only women who are mentioned are either whores, or are trouble-makers who bring disaster upon the heads of George and Lenny.
Despite this outlook, I believe that this is an important book to read, and I actually enjoyed it quite a bit.