Steinbeck’s tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of America’s most widely read and beloved novels.
While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.
Of Mice and Men also represents an experiment in form, which Steinbeck described as “a kind of playable novel, written in a novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands.” A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films.
©1937 John Steinbeck (P)2011 Penguin
way up there
Lenny--you got to love him and his rabbits
loved his voice and accents and everything
Sinise reads with extraordinary skill, richly conveying Steinbeck's empathy, indignation and grasp of his characters' struggle. I used this in a classroom, and it made the text come to life for the students.
The narration was perfect. The voices added so much to the interpretation of the character's personality. Lenny broke my heart. As a parent of child with Downs, I understand how difficult it is for a person with a learning disorder to comprehend the society we have created. George was so devoted to Lenny, I just wanted to hug him. In fact, all the characters had their positive qualities (except for maybe Curly). A short listen - about 3 hours- but it is a deep, deep story that will leave you with thoughts that your brain will keep picking at for days.
Gary Sinise and the way he interpreted each character
when Lenny crushes the hand
no, I knew the result of the book. But I still feel sorry for Lenny when he is killed.
I could easily hear it again and again.
You may see yourself in George's life. I think a lot of people can relate to this story. Brings peace to your heart to know people may suffer in this world, just like you... knowing youre not alone, brings peace. Which is why, I think, it's such a good seller.
The book is a good book. The performance was a bit off because of the harmonica accompaniment during the opening. It may have been fine at a lower volume, but it competed with the performer.
The book has many messages. So many that it can be a story in itself. I did an internet search to find different interpretations of the book. Seems like the book is wedged into whatever political beliefs the writer holds. I think it was simply about the complexity and aspiration of man.
I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!
yes. Gary Sinise did an amazing job. He brought this story to life for me. He gave the characters the perfect voices. Also, the story itself is one of those that makes you think. There are details in it that can be seen from so many different points of view. It brings up interesting moral issues and explores the hard choices that people sometimes face.
I don't want to spoil this for anyone considering listening to it, but there is a scene near the end of the book that had me holding my breath. One of the characters, George, is in a hopeless situation and even though you know what is about to happen, you listen hoping that you're wrong.
sometimes the voices he used make me forget who was reading the story. He becomes the characters. His performance is flawless.
Yes it was. I had always meant to read this book but never had. Once the audio started, I was hooked.
Gary Sinise should read more books. He is easy to listen to and he captures the mood of the scenes perfectly.
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