Of mice and men – John Steinbeck

Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie, have nothing in the world except each other and a dream – a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie, struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy, becomes a victim of his own strength. Steinbeck’s novella (short novel) beautifully evokes the tragedy of the lives of migrant workers during the Great Depression of the 1930s, and underscores the risks of loneliness and isolation, and the importance of friendship and dreams. This is a must read!

Penguin

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