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Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck

Published: 1993-09-01
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They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of lonelinss and alienation.

Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle ...

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They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of lonelinss and alienation.

Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, 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 of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.

"A thriller, a gripping tale . . . that you will not set down until it is finished. Steinbeck has touched the quick." —The New York Times

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Read in many high schools, Of Mice and Men has been a target of censors for what some consider offensive and vulgar language; it appears on the ALA's list of the Most Challenged Books, should it be read in High Schools?
When Of Mice and Men was first published in 1937, do you think that this book helped the care of mentally disable or hurt them in societies eyes?
Do you think that today's U.S. migrant workers - who come from Mexico and other countries - feel the same sense of bitter hardness that the bindle stiffs in Of Mice and Men do (ie, Walt, Carl, Slim, Curly, Candy, & Crooks)?
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Campfire food
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Boston bakes beans. Brown bread & butter.

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  "One Woman's Opinion"by lcarp68 (see profile) 05/23/09

I can't remember when an author used so few words to make me think about so much. Steinbeck was a master at his craft. Of Mice and Men makes you look at our desire to belong. Everyone's desire to reach... (read more)

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