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30 review for Of Mice and Men/Cannery Row

  1. 5 out of 5

    Xiao Qiang

    I would recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a light read, that will completely throw you off your feet. Although peaceful for the majority of the book, Steinbeck surprises us with his ending. This story is about two unlikely friends, George, who is small, quick and smart, and Lenny, big and slow, who are looking for a way to earn earn one acre of land and settle down. However, what stands in front of them is finding work and avoiding the distractions and dangers of life.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bud Smith

    Cool book. I liked all the stuff about stacking hay and stuff.

  3. 5 out of 5

    iavies

    I would recommend these two books to anyone who is looking for a light, peaceful, happy, well written, and entertaining read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Fountain

    As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment. This review is for Of Mice and Men only. This is the second time I’ve read Of Mice and Men and the third work I’ve read by John Steinbeck. The book is a novella, and the third person narrative of George and Lennie, two migrant workers trying to make their way in California during the great depression. My full review: http://100greates As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment. This review is for Of Mice and Men only. This is the second time I’ve read Of Mice and Men and the third work I’ve read by John Steinbeck. The book is a novella, and the third person narrative of George and Lennie, two migrant workers trying to make their way in California during the great depression. My full review: http://100greatestnovelsofalltimeques...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Billy

    Cannery Row was fun. It reminded me a lot of Winnie the Pooh, actually. Like Mack and the gang are all gung-ho about doing something really nice for Doc, like throwing him a party or whatever, and that's what the drama is all about: getting a party together and how it becomes a disaster. I loved how he made the story (and characters) like the tides. Doc and Lee Chong always predicted Mack and the gang to f*ck anything and everything up, but they'd let them do it anyway. Accepting it as a natural Cannery Row was fun. It reminded me a lot of Winnie the Pooh, actually. Like Mack and the gang are all gung-ho about doing something really nice for Doc, like throwing him a party or whatever, and that's what the drama is all about: getting a party together and how it becomes a disaster. I loved how he made the story (and characters) like the tides. Doc and Lee Chong always predicted Mack and the gang to f*ck anything and everything up, but they'd let them do it anyway. Accepting it as a natural and important part of Cannery Row. It was a great story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    09-08-08 OF MICE AND MEN is one of John Steinbeck's classics. It tells the story of two men who are migrant farm workers in California during American's Great Depression. George is the caretaker of Lenny, a big, strong, mentally-handicapped man who loves soft things, but gets carried away with petting them and touching them, often ending up in disaster for these two men. They can never hold a job for long. I have read this book many years ago, and I appreciate it even more today as I just recently 09-08-08 OF MICE AND MEN is one of John Steinbeck's classics. It tells the story of two men who are migrant farm workers in California during American's Great Depression. George is the caretaker of Lenny, a big, strong, mentally-handicapped man who loves soft things, but gets carried away with petting them and touching them, often ending up in disaster for these two men. They can never hold a job for long. I have read this book many years ago, and I appreciate it even more today as I just recently saw Carlisle Floyd's (?) opera here in Ft. Worth earlier this year. The theme that stands out to me right now is that nothing is black and white: bad comes with good. E.g., even though Lenny has the kindest heart, without intending to, he causes great harm to those around him. More next week when I finish it. Nancy

  7. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Why can't I find an entry for just plain "Of Mice and Men"? Anyway, I tried Steinbeck when young and found him grim and depressing, so I quit. Then I discovered Grapes of Wrath last year (yes, me personally, I'm pretty sure nobody had noticed it before) and was blown away, so now I'm cautiously reading his works. Of Mice and Men is one of those books that I'm pretty sure I haven't read, yet I already knew the basic plot line, so I was tensed for the worse all the way through. I think I would hav Why can't I find an entry for just plain "Of Mice and Men"? Anyway, I tried Steinbeck when young and found him grim and depressing, so I quit. Then I discovered Grapes of Wrath last year (yes, me personally, I'm pretty sure nobody had noticed it before) and was blown away, so now I'm cautiously reading his works. Of Mice and Men is one of those books that I'm pretty sure I haven't read, yet I already knew the basic plot line, so I was tensed for the worse all the way through. I think I would have been anyway--clearly no good was going to come of the whole situation. It's exactly the type of book that made me give up on him, but now I can see the beauty and mastery in it as well. I'll be back, Mr. Steinbeck.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sam Sattler

    Hard as it is to believe, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is part of the American Library Association’s “Most Challenged Books of the 21st Century.” Way too often, small-minded people manage to wrangle just enough political power to do harm to those wiser than themselves, as is the case with those who strive to keep Of Mice and Men out of public and school libraries. They complain that the book is “anti-business” or that it condones euthanasia, or that it is filled with racial slurs and overton Hard as it is to believe, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is part of the American Library Association’s “Most Challenged Books of the 21st Century.” Way too often, small-minded people manage to wrangle just enough political power to do harm to those wiser than themselves, as is the case with those who strive to keep Of Mice and Men out of public and school libraries. They complain that the book is “anti-business” or that it condones euthanasia, or that it is filled with racial slurs and overtones. God bless their little hearts. The book was written in 1936 and it is very much a reflection of its author and his times, a period during which men were often driven to wandering the country, taking whatever work they could get to sustain themselves for another day. Such was the case for George Milton and Lennie Small, two men who had known each other since childhood. George has always looked out for his friend Lennie because the huge Lennie is too slow-witted to take care of himself. George tells Lennie constantly how much easier his life would be without him having to worry about Lennie all the time but, truth be told, he would probably be lost without Lennie. As the two approach the farm where they have found new work, George tells Lennie to keep his mouth closed, to let George do the talking until they have been accepted. And even though Lennie “forgets” to do so, they manage to become part of the harvesting crew. All goes well, and the crew bosses are especially impressed with Lennie’s strength and production, until Lennie starts to exhibit some of his peculiar ways. Lennie is a giant who has no real conception of his own strength, and he is a man prone to panic – a lethal combination in a man Lennie’s size. Throw into the mix a previous misunderstanding between Lennie and a little girl that he and George are still running from, a batch of new puppies that Lennie too much loves to pet, and the boss’s pugnacious son and the son’s flirting wife, and you have all the makings of an inevitable tragedy. And happen, it does. Steinbeck wrote Of Mice and Men with a stage production of the story always in mind. The book’s six chapters are grouped in pairs meant to be adaptable into a three-act play and, in fact, Of Mice and Men has enjoyed great success both on the stage and on the screen. And there are still those out there who want to ban this wonderfully moving story. Unbelievable.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chris C Cambridge

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In the book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the main characters George and Lennie are two friends that end up working at a ranch in California after being on the run for when Lennie was accused of trying to rape a woman. On the ranch George and Lennie work in the fields lifting barrels of barley and other small jobs. Lennie encounters many problems that he is a part of on the ranch, such as when he broke the ranch-owner son’s hand. George looks out for Lennie on the ranch and speaks for him a In the book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the main characters George and Lennie are two friends that end up working at a ranch in California after being on the run for when Lennie was accused of trying to rape a woman. On the ranch George and Lennie work in the fields lifting barrels of barley and other small jobs. Lennie encounters many problems that he is a part of on the ranch, such as when he broke the ranch-owner son’s hand. George looks out for Lennie on the ranch and speaks for him a lot because Lennie isn’t the smartest fellow you’ll ever meet and eventually George couldn’t protect Lennie from killing a woman. When Lennie did this, he ran into the brush where George told him to go in the beginning of the book in case anything went wrong. George gets him calm and begins talking about how great their live’s are going to be when they get there own farm. George shoots Lennie after they talk, George shoots Lennie because he wanted him to be killed peacefully instead of by an angry mob. Personally, I really loved everything about this book and might possibly think it was one of the best books I have ever read. The theme of it was a great one because it showed the power of friendship and how strong one can become between to people, even if it means life or death. From this book I have learned that you should love what you have while you have it, because the second it is gone, you are going to miss it. I would recommend this to any kid who loves old-western things, and is into the cowboy life because it contains the life of many of them and tells a great story. On a scale of one to five, I would definitely rate this book as a 5. I would rate at a 5 because the plot and dialogue of the book were amazing, as well as the meaning the book teaches the reader. I really enjoyed this novel and I think I would enjoy reading it many more times throughout my life because it’s a personal favorite. The author made the reading very clear & easy to read, and the way the author wrote the setting. There is no negatives to this book whatsoever and I believe that I have a thorough understanding of this book now.

  10. 4 out of 5

    1johnsobo

    I really liked this book. This book really was very funny and inspirational. There was some points in the book that were very boring but in the other it was very fun and enjoyable to read. The three reasons why I loved to read this book was for these three reasons. It was funny and because of George. During the entire book it was really funny. There were many lines in the book that I thought were very funny like "Ya Damn Right Ya God Damn Right" I think that was very important because when a bo I really liked this book. This book really was very funny and inspirational. There was some points in the book that were very boring but in the other it was very fun and enjoyable to read. The three reasons why I loved to read this book was for these three reasons. It was funny and because of George. During the entire book it was really funny. There were many lines in the book that I thought were very funny like "Ya Damn Right Ya God Damn Right" I think that was very important because when a book is funny, it keeps us entertained while reading and I can not read boring books. The other reason why I read the book Of Mice and Men was because of George. George made that book. He made it with his funny personality, is quotes, and his love for puppies and animals. I think that when I was reading this book that I thought his love for animals was really neato. In conclusion, I think that this book was reading interestingI was very into the book the whole time. I had fun while I was reading it. I really had a fun expierence and I would perfer this book for anybody who likes to get a good laugh.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Frankie

    In of mice and men there are two main characters and they are George and Lenny. These two guys are really good friends and they live together. George could have chose to leave Lenny or Look over him and George looked over him. George looked over Lenny because Lenny was dumb but strong which is a bad combination because he would never know when something was wrong. Lenny with his tiny brain and strong arms would get them both in to trouble. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a really heart In of mice and men there are two main characters and they are George and Lenny. These two guys are really good friends and they live together. George could have chose to leave Lenny or Look over him and George looked over him. George looked over Lenny because Lenny was dumb but strong which is a bad combination because he would never know when something was wrong. Lenny with his tiny brain and strong arms would get them both in to trouble. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a really heart moving book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    So I decided to get some summer reading done, and with this book I can kill two at once! The placement of these two in the book is no mistake: I can't imagine enjoying reading Of Mice And Men as the finish, especially after the fun that was Cannery Row. Cannery Row had fun-loving, easy to trust hoboes who helped throw parties in town that always went crazy. Of Mice And Men's hoboes...less jovial.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Matt Kruze

    Another classic social assessment, this time of the sardine canners living along Cannery Row. A charming, witty, engaging view on the many disparate characters who inhabit the Row, some barely surviving one day to the next, others trading on their intellect or business savvy, but all rebounding off eachother to bring together a glorious tale of life so everyday that it's paradoxically refreshing!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Of Mice and Men is more of a play than a novel, but it does have some nice descriptive passages. Cannery Row is what gets this five stars. A collection of fairy tales set in a magical version of Monterey and populated by drunks, whores, bartenders, bouncers, and the saintly marine biologist Doc. It's a sweet, sad book that wears its bruised heart on its sleeve, and there's nothing wrong with that.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Liliana

    Lennie and George were to men that were always together. George had hard times with Lennie because of his disability. They both were planning a better future but, they never achieved it because of the trouble Lennie caused.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Traci

    of mice and men, very surprising. good. cannery row......excellent understanding of human nature and thinking.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    I don't remember when I read this book, but I know I have and it was probably while living in Japan. Enjoyed it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sally Smith

    More great Steinbeck! My favorite.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Viridiana Ruiz

    Lennie and Gorge are two men who work in a ranch to get money to get there own place. Linnie had a disability that he needed some one to live with him and help him out. At last Gorge killed Linne.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Devynne

    Another book I loved in high school in my junoir year

  21. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

    I liked of mice and men better than cannery row, it did not quite drew my attention. I am happy I am done with this book. Of mice and men had such a sad ending. Cruelly sad.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Monica Navarro Aranda

    A sweet yet at times hard read. The old self-preservation, noble good intentions, awful mistakes, the little moments of joy and the long, deep sorrows. So much humanity.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Austin

    terrible

  24. 4 out of 5

    Phil Princey

    4 and a half stars. This book contains two novellas by Noble Literature Laureate John Steinberg. I thoroughly enjoyed both but perhaps more Of Mice and Men. There are stronger themes than Cannery Row and of a more compelling story. Cannery Row has little quaint stories around several characters that eventually build to a plot around Mac and his mates trying to do something nice for an all-round swell guy, Doc. Of Mice and Men there is quite a poignancy and tenderness to the odd relationship betwe 4 and a half stars. This book contains two novellas by Noble Literature Laureate John Steinberg. I thoroughly enjoyed both but perhaps more Of Mice and Men. There are stronger themes than Cannery Row and of a more compelling story. Cannery Row has little quaint stories around several characters that eventually build to a plot around Mac and his mates trying to do something nice for an all-round swell guy, Doc. Of Mice and Men there is quite a poignancy and tenderness to the odd relationship between George and Lennie, the central characters, who are always on the run (reason you find out) in the depression years of the 1930s looking for work and chasing a dream. They have each other; one with the brains and vision-George; and the other a gentle giant, child-like and simple, who fully looks to George to fulfill his happiness. In a world of poverty and lack of jobs this is a heart warming yet somewhat disturbing story about hope, friendship and survival. In a way Cannery Row has a similar theme. However, it's not easy at first to know who the central characters are while the story continues to build around several new personalities chapter after chapter to begin with. But it flows really nicely. The author is a master of characters and story telling. You could be listening to these stories around a campfire totally hooked. The book includes random, interspersed vignettes which are quite unrelated to the main plot but completes the picture of the small coastal Cannery town of California. The vignettes are sometimes tragic or simply a story about a person or fauna. I love the comedic timing that threads into the stories of both novellas. I found Lenny to be so loveable and hilarious in his simpleness and idolizing of George yet also cautionary as George might not let him look after the rabbits (you will hear about this a lot ...lol). Then in the Cannery, Mac and his mates seem to know what real happiness is; not having to work, doing nothing but watching the people in the town. How they find ways to survive and the unfortunate trouble they cause is quite a story to read in each case. Both novellas are thoroughly entertaining but also evocative. Leaves you thinking about the importance of friendships, community, and the basics of a happy life. An easy read. A great read. A classic.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Roberts

    Have you read any modern stories that just don't seem to satisfy? I'd read these in high school and maybe once since then, but found this copy in a Free Little Library. They are light, compact and a good stories to have along on a vacation. Two really fantastic stories about love. Of Mice and Men<\i> is about two men who struggle to "make a stake" in the 30's, move from job to job hoping to achieve the "Great America Dream." Times were tough. In Cannery Row<\i> we're introduced to a Have you read any modern stories that just don't seem to satisfy? I'd read these in high school and maybe once since then, but found this copy in a Free Little Library. They are light, compact and a good stories to have along on a vacation. Two really fantastic stories about love. Of Mice and Men<\i> is about two men who struggle to "make a stake" in the 30's, move from job to job hoping to achieve the "Great America Dream." Times were tough. In Cannery Row<\i> we're introduced to a depression era neighborhood of disparate, lovable, misfits finding community in totally charming ways. Great writing and that is why they last.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gizem

    One of the most authentic novels I’ve ever read. Of mice and men literally brought tears to my eyes. I think what Steinbeck has done is amazing, a man like him who has worked in all types of jobs, brought the best and worst part in men with this story. Without any doubt, it deserves to be a masterpiece.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sameer Haroon

    I think I just like reading in accents or something.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pat Bittinger

    Memorable characters in a sad story in 1930 poor America.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kaylin

    Of Mice and Men was really good book. It was really funny and you won't get loss in the book. It stays on topic and shows a lot a details. I would really recommend this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Xiangming Wang

    Beautiful writing with deep compassion as well as understanding of ordinary people.

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