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Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

bryds's review against another edition

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I read this in high school and remember it being a pretty good book. Years later, at nearly twenty-three years of age, I decided to return to it and after reading it for a second time, I've realised it's absolutely breathtaking. It's one of those books that constantly appear on "Must-Reads Before You Die" lists, and believe me, it actually holds up to that name. I'll be thinking about this book for years to come and it won't be the last time I'll be returning to this story.

averybeans's review against another edition

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

4.0

gracedionnne's review against another edition

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4.0

I really really enjoyed this! Steinbeck's prose is great, very accessible and just drew me through this story so easily. I'm looking forward to reading more of his works in the future!

I was pleasantly surprised by how simple of a story this was on surface level, because it really allowed the themes to shine. This was a really succinct and poignant story. The characters were sympathetic and evoked emotions in a straightforward way that really worked with how short this book is.

Not to mention I can relate to their struggle of never being able to buy a house, lol.

aislingwhelan's review against another edition

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

5.0

pengoowengoo's review against another edition

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2.0

Just hated reading how often they used the n word. The fact they only had one black person in the whole book and although they didn’t make him the villain, he wasn’t really significant at all. He was just there like the author had added him to fulfil the token diversity.

Curley’s wife also felt kind of token-y as well tbh. Like she was only there to be murdered. It was poor effort to make her a good character.

Like the book would have been so much better if we felt conflicted between her dying and Lennie killing her. Because really making Lennie have the mind of a child felt just ableist for one but also just so poorly written because there was no character development.

If anything I felt the most bad for George, who had to clean up all Lennie’s messed, although that removed any chance for Lennie to learn.


It was short and rushed is what I’m saying. Could have been way better.

readbythaili's review against another edition

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dark reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

2.0

bocoenjaerts's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

bodeenreads's review against another edition

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

5.0

sooowl's review against another edition

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

5.0

erikaalexis's review against another edition

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emotional sad slow-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

2.5