Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men : with Notes

By (author) John Steinbeck , By (author) Jim Taylor

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"Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place ...With us it ain't like that.We got a future ...because I got you to look after me and you got me to look after you." George and Lennie are migrant American labourers --the one alert and protective and the other strong, stupid and potentially dangerous. This is the powerful story of their relationship and their dreams of finding a more stable and less lonely way of life. This hardback educational edition contains notes to help students' understanding.

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  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 134 x 200 x 12mm | 240g
  • 01 Dec 2000
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • LONGMAN
  • Harlow
  • English
  • 0582461464
  • 9780582461468
  • 3,896

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Steinbeck refuses to allow himself to be pigeonholed. This is as completely different from Tortilla Flat and In Dubious Battle as they are from each other. Only in his complete understanding of the proletarian mentality does he sustain a connecting link - though this is assuredly not a "proletarian novel". It is oddly absorbing - this picture of the strange friendship between the strong man and the giant with the mind of a not-quite-bright child. Driven from job to job by the failure of the giant child to fit into the social pattern, they finally find - in a ranch - what they feel their chance to achieve a homely dream they have built. But once again, society defeats them. There's a simplicity, a directness, a poignancy in the story that gives it a singular power, difficult to define. Steinbeck is a genius - and an original. (Kirkus Reviews)

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