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Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men | John Steinbeck
A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great DepressionOver seventy-five years since its first publication, Steinbecks tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of Americas most widely read and taught novels. An unlikely pair, George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, grasp for their American Dream. They hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.Of Mice and Men 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. This edition features an introduction by Susan Shillinglaw, one of todays leading Steinbeck scholars.For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators.
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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Of Mice And Men is messed up. M.E.S.S.E.D. U.P!

It‘s a short novel, but it‘s brutal and terribly sad. It‘s masterfully written – no notes on that front! – but it‘s far from an enjoyable read. Devastating. Nightmare fuel. I am exceedingly glad I was not compelled to read it as an angsty adolescent, as I‘m quite confident I never would have recovered. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/of-mice-and-men-john-steinbeck/

Scochrane26 I‘m glad I didn‘t have to read it in high school. I saw the movie in college & decided I should never read the book. 2w
TheAromaofBooks I would definitely have no appreciated the writing in high school, but it was worth the read as an adult. I'm always mind blown at how Steinbeck can pack so much emotional devastation into such a short story. 2w
IndoorDame I know! Some of the things they assigned us in school really blow my mind in retrospect. I can only assume we didn‘t fully grasp the awful subtleties at such a young age. 2w
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fredamans I read it in high school as a teenager and loved it. I guess to each their own but I still think it is one of the most brilliant reads of all time. 2w
BarbaraBB I read it as a teenager and again a few years ago. The first time I found it boring, the second time I loved it! 2w
tpixie John Steinbeck is part of the #AuthorAMonth2023 I don‘t think I can read this again. It is very well written- it still haunts me decades later. 2w
tpixie @TheAromaofBooks well said! 2w
Kimberlone Bawled my eyes out when I read the this one high school 😭 2w
TheAromaofBooks @tpixie - Thank you! I am looking forward to reading another Steinbeck for #AuthoraMonth2023 but even though some months I read more than one book by the chosen author, I think I'll only be able to get through one of his books in a month. They are too sad!!! 2w
tpixie @TheAromaofBooks I‘m thinking about reading The Red Pony- but I bet I‘ll cry like when I red Ol‘ Yeller 2w
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dabbe
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Believe it or not, here is some fun with OF MICE AND MEN, if interested:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vTU8VR_Cokq-IVWDslQNbTfYrOG58yg8...

rubyslippersreads My cats think the mice would be fun. 😹 3w
dabbe @rubyslippersreads They'd probably love TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD as well. 😸 2w
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dabbe
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Oh, this novella! I don't know if I cried harder reading this or THE RED PONY. Another must when I taught junior American English. The kids always wanted to find another way for the ending, which made for excellent debates in class. Showing the 1992 movie version in class, I'd always have extra Kleenex handy. Guess who cried the hardest? The boys.

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Cazxxx
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#manicmonday @CBee

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kelli7990
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Panpan

Here‘s my review for a book I just finished reading. I understand that it‘s set during the Great Depression but I still didn‘t like the book.

Susanita I didn‘t even finish it, and it‘s a short book! 3mo
kspenmoll It is a book reflective of the time period. 3mo
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kelli7990
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Here‘s my reading progress for this book that I started listening to. So far, it‘s interesting. I have 1 hour left in the audiobook but I‘m not going to listen to it anymore tonight. If I don‘t end up liking this book then I‘m not going to read anything else by this author.

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Cazxxx
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#Alphabetgame #LetterO @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

One of the few books that had me sobbing! A book you will never forget

erzascarletbookgasm This book 💔 4mo
Cazxxx @erzascarletbookgasm very emotional 🥲 4mo
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IuliaC
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Another classic I felt guilty I hadn't read yet.
Lennie's heart-wrenching tragedy and the Great Depression with its devastating impact on rural communities will stay with me for a while.

slategreyskies I haven‘t read this one yet either. I think it would be a tough read (emotionally, I mean). On a side note, it saddens me that all of the people I knew who lived through the Great Depression are dead now. Still, I remember their stories, so not all of their memories and experience died with them. I‘m glad there are books like this that tell important stories. 5mo
IuliaC @slategreyskies You're right, we should remember those stories, and learn from them if possible. Those years were tough in Europe as well, especially in rural areas, I too remember my grandparents' stories... 5mo
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Dilara
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About halfway-through Of Mice and Men, as one of the few readers who hasn't studied it at school. I'm rather underwhelmed so far. I know because I read the introduction that it was written as a play/novel hybrid, so I shouldn't complain, but there's too much dialogue and not enough depth for my liking.

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Blackink_WhitePaper
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“A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green”

#Firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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TashaLeigh
Of Mice and Men | John Steinbeck
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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TheAromaofBooks
Of Mice and Men | Steinbeck
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Wow. If you want a book that just socks you in the gut, this slim story is the one for you. I couldn't believe how much Steinbeck packed into 107 pages. I had never read this one before but it was my March #BookSpin draw so I just sat down and read the whole thing yesterday and can't stop thinking about it. Brilliant writing about everyday tragedy.

DimeryRene I am reading this right now for the first time! 9mo
KathyWheeler I read this in high school; I may reread it since it‘s been so long. 9mo
GinaKButler Gary Sinise narrates the audio of this one and it‘s fantastic! 9mo
TheAromaofBooks @DimeryRene @KathyWheeler @GinaKButler - It's not my usual kind of book (I'm a big fan of HEA for the most part) but there was so much to unpack here - I can't say I enjoyed it, exactly, but it did make me think a lot. 9mo
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DimeryRene
Of Mice and Men | John Steinbeck
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I‘ve never read this before. The only Steinbeck I‘ve read was The Pearl way back in middle school. Only an hour into the audiobook, but already enjoying it.

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TheMrsShaw
Of Mice and Men | Steinbeck

The title of “Of Mice and Men“ is an allusion to a Robert Burns' poem, which points out that the plans of mice and men often go awry. The author uses this allusion to foreshadow the events of the novel, cluing in the reader that some plan of the characters in the novel will go awry.

nylaaa in the book “ speak “ an allusion used in the book is “ the turkey floats in the sink, a ten pound turkey iceberg. A turkeyberg. I feel very much like the titanic “ this refers to an allusion because the scarcasm of what the builder of titanic said “ Not even GOD can sink this ship “ but the sink did sink when it hit the iceberg. (edited) 9mo
MelRoc25 The allusion of The Flash: Rebirth is the fact that the whole city has the same powers as the Flash , this is referring to the fact that Barry is no longer alone as a speedster 9mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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#OnThisDay in 1937, Of Mice and Men was published. Originally titled "Something That Happened" its final title was taken from Robert Burns' poem "Of a Mouse". Lennie was based on a real ranch hand he worked with (yes, the pitchfork thing happened. To a ranch foreman, not a girl, Steinbeck was a witness). One of the most challenged books of the 21st c., it almost didn't see publication when Steinbeck's dog Max ate the first draft. #HistoryGetsLIT

Bookzombie This is so interesting! 10mo
TheKidUpstairs @Bookzombie there were so many interesting facts about this one, it was hard to decide what to fit in and what to leave out (and how to fit it in, 451 characters doesn't always allow for good grammar!) 10mo
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twinkletoes74
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I don't think I can put into words how this book made me feel.

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JacintaMCarter
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#2022Book8
I didn't really like this book when I read it in high school. Re-reading it as an adult, though, I have a new appreciation for the relationship between George and Lennie. And, while I usually find Steinbeck a bit too long-winded, I actually wish he'd made this story longer.

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Freespirit
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Wishing everyone the best for 2022!
2021 for me meant getting used to wearing masks, shields and PPE in my job as an ICU nurse and spending my time at home doing the things I love like reading, sewing and gardening💚
I read some wonderful books and grew a lot of vegetables 🌶 🌽
Stay healthy and happy in 2022🌻✌🏼
#2022 #happynewyear

erzascarletbookgasm Happy New Year, Sally! 11mo
Freespirit Thanks Jessie @erzascarletbookgasm hope you have a great New Year! 11mo
julesG Happy New Year! ✨ 11mo
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CarolynM Happy New Year, Sally🎆 We've decided to go to bed at the usual time tonight. Celebrating seems like tempting fate😬 11mo
Freespirit Thanks @julesG hope you have a wonderful year ahead!! 11mo
Freespirit Carolyn we are the same! I have to work in the morning too so I‘ll be happy to curl up with a book! Hope you have a wonderful 22😘 @CarolynM 11mo
rockpools Happy New Year! (And your photos are wonderful 😊) 11mo
MaureenMc Happy New Year! 🎆 11mo
Freespirit Thank you @rockpools Glad you like the pics😘 11mo
Freespirit Thanks Maureen 😘 @MaureenMc 11mo
DivineDiana What a wonderful collage of your life! 11mo
Freespirit Thanks @DivineDiana it certainly is..thank you😘 11mo
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KaraAnn90
Of Mice and Men | John Steinbeck
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Great

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bookiehannah
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Ok I am actually sobbing right now- what the heck 😭😭😭😭 so good but Lennie 😭💔 I feel like a FOOL for my last post y‘all were probably laughing away 😭

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bookiehannah
Of Mice and Men | John Steinbeck
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Someone I babysit for let me borrow his copy - it‘s good so far & I love Lennie

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themonaisa
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Mehso-so

Hard to read because of the way it‘s written. The storyline and twists were worth it, though. Gets into deep themes and helps you ask relevant questions. Love the twist and the ending.

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PoodleMama99
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Excellent and very accessible. A short novel and a very quick read.

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Chars
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Mehso-so

This short story captures such understanding and loyalty between friends. On a big-picture societal commentary level it has such a sadness to it by putting dreams next to despondent realities. You know how the story is going to end from the very start. You can‘t help but feel the weight of apathy creep in.-

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KristenDuck
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I may be one of the few people my age who never read Of Mice and Men in school, and what a shame. So short end powerful!!

George and his friend Lennie are setting forth to make better lives during the Great Depression. It seems all Lennie really wants is his own pet rabbits... but he is much stronger than he realizes as readers learn he has previously killed mice by squeezing them too hard.

Have your tissues ready for this one.

Prairiegirl_reading I have never read it because I know I‘ll be a puddle on the floor. 2y
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TheRiehlDeal
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Eggs Well done 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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JacintaMCarter
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#2021Book26
Fortunately, this book was just short enough to hold the attention of my sophomores, who rarely pay attention to anything.

Saknicole I‘m about to start it with my freshman! 2y
Saknicole I am about to start it with my Freshman! 2y
Tattooedteacher I love this story for so many reasons. My high it was also one of the few stories my personal HS kids liked. As boy readers, they felt that too many required reads were geared more to girls. 2y
Literary_Siren This book killed me in middle school! 😭 2y
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Bookishgal71
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Not my first time reading this, but when I learned that my high schooler was reading it, I picked it up for a second (or third) time. Simple and tragic but also filled with history and details from a bygone era. A novel of true friendship and racism and hierarchies.

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Susanita
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Eggs Wonderful choice 🌳📚👌🏼! Thanks for playing 🙏🏻📚🥳 2y
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twolittlefeetreads
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I'm doing a diversify your reading challenge and March is Classics. I already had this one laying around and hadn't read it so this was it. This is a deeply thought provoking book. A bit depressive and in a way sweet. Wasn't my favourite book but I can see the appeal. Glad I've read it at least once!

#ofmiceandmen

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Cazxxx
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I was not prepared for the end of this book 😢 totally emotional and utterly compelling. An absolute must for everyone to read

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Cazxxx
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Did you know that Steinbeck named this book after Robert Burns poem To a mouse?

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Cazxxx
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Just started this today. Have you read this?

Tera66 I did, in high school. It was hard for me, just because Im sensitive about some of the things in it. But its an excellent book. 2y
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freeatlast1137
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Lenny and George have a dream that one day they will have a farm with rabbits and to live off the fat of the land.

I have such a love, hatred of this story. Listening to it again outside of high school and working with individuals with IDD made me realize how well John Steinbeck wrote Lenny‘s character.

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Simone_Gibson
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As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.

Tattooedteacher Super like this book. 2y
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kspenmoll
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#longdistancelearning #teachingremotely #EmSaysNo
#Steinback #catsoflitsy

Obviously Em did not want me teaching this morning.

Leftcoastzen 😻😹 2y
Crazeedi Em knows its Christmas week! You're supposed to be spending your time paying attention to her!😉😻 2y
Tattooedteacher Em is the boss... always the boss. Happy Christmas to you both. 2y
kspenmoll @Tattooedteacher Happy Christmas to you too! 🎄 2y
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vonnie862
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Passed by the John Steinbeck house. It's much bigger than I expected and I did not know it's a restaurant now. Will have to return after COVID to see the inside.

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honeydew_reader
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Tears straight through you. The inevitability of it all weighs heavily from the very beginning and it only builds and builds.

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LaraS
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Can't believe I haven't read this before. What a gutpunch of a book, but I ❤it. #PSchallenge “banned book“

I never quite know what to do with really great books of a certain age that have female characters like “Behold! A ruinous woman who shall remain nameless throughout the book! Beware her wicked ladyparts as she fulfils her entire literary goal of being the downfall of our heroes! Pay no mind to the abusive men around her, that's her fault.“

KVanRead 😂😂😂 Well said! I‘m reading Jude the Obscure right now and having a similar problem - brilliant writing and Hardy draws such strong women characters but they‘re mired in all this misogynistic BS!! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
LaraS @KVanRead gaaahhh Hardy is such a good example! I love his books but sometimes I just have to put them down for a sec and take a deep breath... 🙃 2y
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MrB1
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Better late than never???

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Mistermandolin
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Hard to fault. ‘Classic‘ doesn‘t begin to do it justice. I reckon Hornby‘s cover quote just about nails it. Used to be on the UK‘s GCSE exam syllabus until the powers-that-be decided to ditch the requirement to study novels. Yep; that‘s right. A qualification in English Literature that doesn‘t require a sixteen year-old student to actually study prose. A temporary change, I‘m hoping.

jewright This is a book pretty much all my students love, even the ones who don‘t usually like reading. 2y
fredamans My favorite read from school. 2y
Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira Read that in high school too. French high school “Des souris et des hommes” I guess the translation is up to par 😉 I remember being moved by it. 2y
jessinikkip My wife @anewton91 was so surprised to learn I never had to read this book in school. I keep meaning to get a copy 2y
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mromain20
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I completely understand why this book is a literary classic. It was compelling and desperately sad. The commentaries on class, race and capacity were provoking. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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Bits
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I picked the most faithful book-to-movie adaptation I've read. It's basically word for word and fantastic.

1. The most mortifying is The Vampire Diaries 🤣🦇🤭
2. Very grateful for every cuddle with my pupper who had his first chemo treatment yesterday!

#ThankfulThursday @Cosmos_Moon

Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView
I'm new to Litsy so everyone is new 😁 tagging my fav names @TheNeverendingTBR @SassenachTheBookWizard

TheSpineView You're welcome! 🌞 2y
Cosmos_Moon Oh no! I hope your puppy is okay and gets better quickly! Thanks for joining in. 2y
Bits @Cosmos_Moon Thanks for the well wishes! 2y
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jouleian
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I am just now making it around to the classics and this one was a short read. Finished it in a few hours but it packed a hell of a punch. All I have to say is, sometimes you just have to shoot your own dog instead of letting others do it. #highlyrecommend

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Benny.N
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Very short book, almost more like a short story. I did however enjoy it. It was a very enjoyable read. I think the film version of this are entertaining. Loneliness - George is a lonely because he is constantly travelling and has no family. He works and tries to save because he would like to be his own boss one day. This is a problem because he has to take care of his mentally handicapped friend, Lennie

MissYaremcio Great review Benny! I'm glad that you enjoyed reading our novel! Great job on capturing all the different elements of this post! 6/6 2y
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saresmoore
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I can‘t believe I had never read this! It is a beautiful and poignant story of friendship & loss with vivid characters in few pages. I love Steinbeck‘s writing style, so I‘ll leave a favorite quote from the novella.

“As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.
Then gradually time awakened again and moved sluggishly on.”

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Out of everything they forced me to read in school, this is one out of the mere half dozen novels that I truly loved. ❤️ A classic! 3y
Tamra 💜 3y
LeahBergen We read this in junior high and I was all 😭😭. 3y
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Messiejessie
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For such a short book, this sure left me with a lot to think about....

erzascarletbookgasm 💔 read 3y
claudiuo Loved when I read it a long time ago but I always wanted to reread. Thanks for reminding me. 3y
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JacintaMCarter
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#2020Book22
I didn't really like this book when I read it in high school. Re-reading it as an adult, though, I have a new appreciation for the relationship between George and Lennie. And, while I usually find Steinbeck a bit too long-winded, I actually wish he'd made this story longer.

BarbaraBB I felt the same when I read it again recently. My daughter (in high school) just read it and thought it was meh.. things never change 😉 3y
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Daisey
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I‘m glad I finally read this well loved book. Steinbeck definitely had a way with words when it came to describing both characters and places.

#1001books #Reading1001 #TBRTakedown April 2020

Lmstraubie These are beautiful 😍 3y
xicanti What a wonderful set! 3y
Daisey @Lmstraubie @xicanti Thank you! They were passed on to me by my brother-in-law from his grandmother‘s collection. 3y
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Lmstraubie @Daisey I love that there is a special significance to them as well. 3y
jewright Had you never read it before? 3y
Daisey @jewright No, never all the way through. I skimmed it once several years ago. 3y
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