|Dimensions||14 × 20.5 × 2.6 cm|
Of mice and men
A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression
They are an unlikely pair: George is « small and quick and dark of face »; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a « family, » clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation.
Laborers in California »s dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie »s unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.
« A thriller, a gripping tale . . . that you will not set down until it is finished. Steinbeck has touched the quick. » —The New York Times