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
"Of Mice and Men" is one of my favorite stories. I've read it many times and have seen it performed several times. Gary Sinise was a perfect choice for reading it. He brought the characters to life as if I was watching the story unfold. Loved it and I'm sure I will listen again sometime.
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.
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