This story of George and Lennie, two migrant ranch hands traveling around the Salinas River during the Great Depression is written with great descriptive language and dialogue. It is heartbreakingly sad as it chronicles the relationship of George, an uneducated but street smart man and Lennie, a large, hulking figure with a mental disability. Lennie and George share a companionship that is described as rare among migrant farm workers, and this makes the ultimate conclusion of the book even sadder. It’s a Steinbeck classic that is difficult for those with tender hearts to read, but it is worth it to appreciate his style and form.
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Review Submitted by: Sandi Hauenstein