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Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

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grayscale08's review

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dark reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.25


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flara's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

I did not really like the language of the book. The colloquial speech was a bit difficult to read and put me to sleep on an early flight (probably my own issue as I'm not a native English speaker). But I enjoyed the premise of the book. The metaphors were relevant and well laid out. Lennie's character was beautifully written and my heart was breaking for him.

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book_bear's review

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dark sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Wonderful book, but very sad! Definitely not a happy book! :(

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kathrinellis's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

It was interesting to read the story, especially with the dialects. Apart from that, I did not really connect with the characters and the plot so I would not consider reading it again.

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pgivan21's review against another edition

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dark emotional sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0


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faheemah's review against another edition

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challenging dark reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5


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knowmadic_369's review

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reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

The thing with classics is that they sometimes are regarded as worthy and valuable simply because they are considered as classics. And even though I can definitely acknowledge the admirable qualities of Of Mice and Men I didn't particularly enjoy the read. I didn't really like the characters or how the events unfolded, but I also understand that that is my own subjective opinion. Nevertheless, I can't get myself giving this book more than a 3-star rating. 

If you consider the literary devices used in the story, then it makes up for the unsavory characters and plot. John Steinbeck's writing of the novella was skillful, no doubt about that. I specifically enjoyed his scenic openings to chapters, which contrasted the remaining dialogue-heavy parts of the book. I can also appreciate the purpose of each character and each event in the short 100-page novella; each element had a role in the overall message of the book and was artfully executed. For deeper analysis, you'll find plenty imagery and allegories subtly interwoven in the text and you'll have more than enough material to dissect and analyse closely. Steinbeck definitely also had some insightful commentary on life in the U.S.A. that might even still be relevant to life today.

Praises aside, though, the representation of women in this book is appalling. That might also be part of the overall theme of the book, but it was the most off-putting aspect of the book for me personally.

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becxreadz's review

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challenging sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.5

Liked
*Quick read
*One of the better classics I've read
*It'll definitely make you feel things good and bad

Disliked
*EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER
*The racism and sexism 
*The animal killing
*The treatment of the mentally challenges character
*The ending

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kate_b's review

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challenging dark emotional reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75


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shawntelkelly's review against another edition

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sad fast-paced

4.5


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