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PostSubject: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck   Thu Dec 03, 2009 9:52 pm

It is one of my all-time favourite books; I have read it several times, and still I cry everytime. The story, to cut it short, is the following: George and Lennie are travelling through the Midwest, looking for jobs on a farm. Lennie is mentally disabled, and George takes care of him. When they both get a job on a farm, Lennie - who is exceptionally strong, and likes to pet things (which usually die in the process) - begins to like the farmer's wife, When he tries to pet her, she starts to scream, and he is so afraid that he kills her. George tries to save Lennie, but in the end has to realize that he will not be able to do it.

The main attraction about this novel is the unusual friendship between George and Lennie. I believe there has hardly ever been a friendship between two literary characters that was so real and so deep as that which George and Lennie share. Also, Steinbeck proved great sensitivity in portraying Lennie. He manages to present us with a mentally disabled character who is believable and likeable, without ever ridiculing him. George is the perfect counterpart: He treats Lennie as a fully valuable human being, he is never condescending or patronizing - at least not in the negative sense of the word. Unfortunately, goodness does not equal innoncence.

A definite must-read!

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