I thought it was great before, even better when I re-read it 15 years later.
|John Steinbeck (1902-1968)|
But, I hadn't read it in a while so I decided to see if it was still one of my favorites.
If anything, this book is more powerful than it was before. The loss at the end is more powerful, both the loss with Lennie and with the loss of a dream. Themes abound, such as the loss of the American Dream, loneliness, friendship and the responsibilities of friendship. Perhaps, even some religious themes with all of the events starting on a Friday and ending on a Sunday.
But, all of that would be pointless if the story were not well-written and poignant. It's short length only serves to heighten the power of the story.
One of the best American novels. Period.
I rate this novel 5 stars out of 5.
This book can be found on Amazon.com here: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.
Reviewed on January 31, 2009.