The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world. 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.- Goodreads
Why was it banned & challenged?
In 2001 it was banned for using offensive language, racism, violence, and being unsuited to age group (Source).
I read this book when I was in high school as required reading and like most of the required reading, I didn’t like but unlike most of the required reading, I fell for this book about half way through.
This isn’t a long read. Of Mice and Men is considered more of a novella than anything and I appreciate that because anything longer would be pushing it. But beyond that can I honestly say I liked George or Lennie? No, but I loved and respected their loyalty to each other (to a certain extent) and what it represented during that time period. George did his best and unlike Glibert Grape, George was able to have other relationships/interactions while balancing his responsibilities, dreams and relationship with Lennie.
What I liked about this book was how simple it was. And what I mean by simple was how you can see the steps of what a story should consist of. You see the foreshadowing, you build to that climax and you see feel that conclusion. That flow chart you learn about in school, is exactly what I see when I read this book.
Is this book a bit slow? Slightly. But it is deep and tragic. Shakespeare would truly be proud.
Overall, it is a memorable book and not a bad movie.