Thursday, June 15, 2006

Of Mice and Men

I re-read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck for my Monday afternoon book group. I also read a handful of biographical and critical essays and some historical research on the time period which made it more interesting and really added a lot for me in terms of understanding that things in Steinbeck's book were actually much better than average compared to the real lives of bindle stiffs and migrant laborers in California in the 1920s. And WOW the writing is wonderful, moving, descriptive and sparse, and very visual. I loved it, and cried at the end, of course.


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