Review: Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck


Title: Of Mice and Men

Author: John Steinbeck

Release Date: January 8, 1937

Publisher: Penguin Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 118

Source: School book

The tragic story of the complex bond between two migrant laborers in Central California. They are George Milton and Lennie Small, itinerant ranch hands who dream of one day owning a small farm. George acts as a father figure to Lennie, who is a very large, simple-minded man, calming him and helping to rein in his immense physical strength.

2 out of 5 stars


Lennie and George leave their hometown of Weed with the vision of owning a house and having rabbits. Lennie is a full-grown child, really. He acts like a kid so George has to parent him and keep him out of trouble. Lennie has an obsession with petting soft things so when he finds mice he keeps them in his pocket and pets them and plays with them until they die. He didn’t mean to kill them, but he got irritated when they bit him so he squashed their heads. He didn’t mean to do anything to harm them, and he didn’t do anything out of meanness, either. George and Lennie find themselves working on a farm trying to get money for their house and rabbits. They meet other workers at their job and things escalate very quickly. Why does Lennie always get into trouble? Why does George always have to reassure Lennie about the farm they’re going to get? Honestly, this wasn’t a great book. I don’t really know what to think of it. I didn’t hate it right away, but after a while I started to not like it. I hated the ending. It was seriously so abrupt, and I cannot get emotionally attached to characters in 118 pages. I was disappointed with this book.


Lennie and George are the main characters of this book. Lennie was an okay character, but George was really mean to him. It seemed like George hated Lennie at times, but he did actually care about him. It was a pretty confusing relationship. Curley was the owner of the farm and his wife was slutty and always followed the guys around. The parts with her were just very irritating to read about.

Who Would I Be?:

Hmm. I would choose to be George, I guess. He’s so bipolar, though. I don’t like him, but he was one of the only characters who actually had some depth and story behind them. He cared about Lennie so that made him alright.

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4 thoughts on “Review: Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

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  3. sumlynnnguyen

    I’ve read a couple of Steinbeck’s novels and wasn’t a huge fan of him… until I read East of Eden. That’s probably my ultimate favorite classic and definitely one I enjoyed in high school. You should give that a try!


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