Yup, it’s the Steinbeck classic. I’m not sure what has piqued my interest in the classics but I’ve managed to make to adulthood without reading what many would refer to as the basics. This year, I will play catch-up. Up first, Of Mice and Men.
The book tells the story of George and Lennie. George looks after Lennie whose mental development seems to have stopped at childhood. They are blue collar workers who can’t seem to get ahead. George has a dream and a plan that one day, he and Lennie will and save enough money to buy a house and land. This can only happen if George can keep Lennie out of trouble which has already caused them to lose jobs.
I didn’t like the way the book started and I almost didn’t read it. The narrative opens by describing the setting but it seemed excessive to me, too long. But I learned after reading Brothers (& me) that the first page is a bad place to draw a conclusion on a book. Plus this book is a classic. So I figured I'd exercise a bit of patience which is a feat for me.
It didn’t take long for the pace to pick up. And then I discovered something else I disliked about the book, I felt like pages were missing. It has a tendency to jump ahead and a few times I looked back to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
The book certainly did not lack suspense and came to a climactic ending. I was eagerly anticipating how the book would end but then I found myself disturbed by the ending. It was kind of disheartening actually. I feel like I should've liked the book but I'm not sure I did.
I skimmed the surface with this review and a book with such clout could certainly use much more analytical insight from a reviewer. Many of you have probably read it so I'd like your insight to help flesh out this review. What did you think about Of Mice and Men?