Of mice and men review

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of mice and men review

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world. Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream--a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie, struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy, becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes such as the friendship of a shared vision, and giving voice to America’s lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men has proved one of Steinbeck’s most popular works, achieving success as a novel, a Broadway play and three acclaimed films.
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'Of Mice and Men': Differences Between Book & Film

Review of John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men'

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John Steinbeck's novel about a pair of migrant ranch workers - sharp little George and hulking retard Lennie - was a major stage hit in the late 30s, first being produced as a film in , with a repeat performance in as a TV movie. It's an enduringly indestructible classic: the two central characters are so strongly drawn that almost any physically apt performers can seem outstanding in the roles, and the plot - George and Lennie work on a run-down ranch and Lennie's mix of physical strength, childish panic and good nature gets him into trouble - is so well-structured that the jobs of adapter and director are mostly done for them. What emerges from this incarnation is a film that is respectful of its origins, but inescapably reminiscent of television. John Malkovich's Lennie is perfect method acting, a marvellous assemblage of gentle giant mannerisms and pathetic childishness, but it remains obviously the work of a highly intelligent man simulating feeble-mindedness and, as such, is less than heart-breaking. Gary Sinise, playing George and doubling as director, establishes himself as both a strong, subtle screen actor and a tactful, competent helmsman. The rest of the cast are limited by their roles, but Ray Walston is moving as the crippled old-timer who shares the hero's dreams of buying a small-holding and settling down, and John Terry not that one is fine as the ranch foreman trying to act nobly. Overall this is an effective reminder of a minor literary masterpiece, but most folk would be better off reading the novel or checking out the movie version.

Of Mice and Men is a well-known classic, and with valid reason. The book may seem rather boring as many books about the Great Depression may seem but it is actually a great tribute to literature. The book is about a man called George and his childlike, kind-hearted friend Lennie.
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Common Sense says

A shambling sixth-former returning a copy of Steinbeck's classic to the school library, I had to squeeze past two teachers. He was a grizzled old Welshman and he disapproved of the long hair growing way below my collar. He was new: younger, hipper, sympathetic. I was ready for more withering sarcasm but instead he said: "Steinbeck. The man. Cain and Abel, right?

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  1. Of Mice and Men is a well-known classic, and with valid reason. The book may seem rather boring (as many books about the Great Depression.

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