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Classic little novella about hopelessness and the American dream.
"Of Mice and Men” is one of those books whose title I’d heard enough times to know that it is Classic American Literature, and I knew it would be perfect to buy and leave sitting on my kindle for months as I continually find something else I’d rather read.
I was not particularly keen to relive the 10th grade English class days and slog through another “Grapes of Wrath,” but then I found the great news that it is only about 100 pages long! I picked it up on a bus ride and was not disappointed. It is chock full of the themes, allegories, and other literary devices that English teachers crave.
Kidding aside, this sad and poignant reflection on aspirations and helplessness packs a punch. As tragic as Lennie and George’s story plays out, it is Curley’s wife’s isolation is bothering me weeks later.
This book makes you want to pet your old dog.
“They come, an’ they quit an’ go on; an’ every damn one of ‘em’s got a little piece of land in his head. An’ never a God damn one of ‘em ever gets it. Just like heaven. Ever’body wants a little piece of lan’. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. It’s just in their head.”