Leesverslag Of mice and Men - John Steinbeck

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  • Book review The Guardian
  • My opinion about the review
  • 4 beautiful fragments from the book with explanation



Review- The Guardian


'Of Mice and Men is a well-known classic, and with valid reason'

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Saturday 21 December 2013




Of Mice and Men is a well-known classic, and with valid reason. The book may seem rather boring (as many books about the Great Depression may seem) but it is actually a great tribute to literature.

The book is about a man called George and his childlike, kind-hearted friend Lennie. They find work in a ranch after being on the run from their old job because Lennie got them in deep trouble, and it seems that in this book he may get in trouble again as George may have not been able to help him.

The book is great because, not only the great use of description, but the characters because Steinbeck shows how children are, in some cases, better people than adults in the way that they do not judge people because they do not see people or things from that point of view (an example being childlike Lennie who has a mental disability though they didn't know that at the time the book is based).

The great thing about that is that it shows some of the other characters' feelings about the situations they are being put in and shows how Steinbeck feels about racism and sexism. Yet another good thing about this book is that it is not long and does not drag on (like other great books as The Great Gatsby and To Kill A Mockingbird) which is great for readers who do not like to read long books and get bored when reading long books.

This shows the greatness of the book because it shows how the book packs that all in (racism, sexism, the Depression, etc) yet in so little time. I hope this review encourages you to read Of Mice and Men because it is a truly great book and I would give it a 4.5 out of 5.





My opinion about the review


I totally agree with the writer of the review, Jim Taylor, because I also enjoyed the book. The reviewer writes that it’s a great story, written in a few pages. I think that’s true. John Steinbeck shows the beautiful view on life of Lennie. The way John Steinbeck showed this view, is very realistic and recognizable. I sympathize with Lennie and I can imagine all his fears, joy and sadness. When I started reading this book, I had to get used to the way the book is written in. But the simple way of talking between George and Lennie, shows the special friendship between the two guys.

The reviewer also writes that John Steinbeck writes in this book, the way he feels about racism and sexism. I hope he feels the same way about this, as Lennie does. Lennie makes no difference between black and white, he has no prejudices and he would like to banish harm, abuse and pain.


4 beautiful fragments from the book


  1. I picked this fragment, because it shows very clearly how Lennie thinks. He knows it’s wrong to keep a little dead mouse in his pocket, and after a discourse of George, he wants to apologize. He doesn’t say just sorry. He imagines there is ketchup, and he explains George what he will do to thank George for being there. I think this is a very beautiful and original idea to say sorry.



  1. In this part of the book, Lennie and Curley, had a fight. Lennie is very scared and he prefers to hide himself in a small cave with hundred mice. Lennie had no idea of his own power. He strikes Curley that hard, the hand of Curley became unusable. After the fight Lennie feels very sorry and he is afraid of the reaction of George. This fragment shows very beautifully how Lennie thinks in this situation.



  1. Here, Lennie asks George to tell him about the future. Lennie forgets everything except the future. When Lennie feels down and unhappy he asks George if he wants to tell him about the future. After George has told the whole story, Lennie feels happy. I think John Steinbeck could brought the repeat of this future-story more often!


  1. This is the end of the story. Totally unexpected for me. It’s the last time that George tells the future story to Lennie. Lennie has lots of problems and is very unhappy. Maybe it’s the right choice of George to make an end of the problems of Lennie, but it’s heartbreaking. I think it’s a mix of close friendship and selfishness. George thought this was the best solution to solve the problems of Lennie. 









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