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Monday, February 20, 2006

BOOKS: OF MICE AND MEN by JOHN STEINBECK

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An interesting and simple sketch of itinerant 1930s Californian lifestyles. Quite a twist at the end.

As the blurb says:
'As nearly perfect as any book can be. It is straightforward, it has simplicity and unsentimental tragedy, and it has a swift, unforced style which stamps it as permanent' Humbert Wolfe

In this classic novel, which establishes him as one of the world's most celebrated writers, John Steinbeck tells the story of two friends in 1939s California.

George and Lennie are itinerant farm workere - one of nimble wits, the other of huge physique - whose simple arrangement keeps them in work. Labouring from dawn until dusk they both have a dream to keep them going. That one day, they'll have enough money to buy a small ranch of their own and keep cows and chickens and rabbits.

But even his best friend and mentor can't save Lennie from his worst enemy - his own strength...

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