Date finished: Sunday 8th January 2017
First time reading?: Yes
From Goodreads: “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.”
Forewarning: there be spoilers ahead.
For years this book has been sat on my ‘to read’ pile, rescued from a pile my younger sister was throwing out when she was moving house. I kept picking it up and putting it back down so I decided to finally bite the bullet and give it a read.
HOW had I not read this book before? I feel like everyone I know read it in school – not sure how I missed out on that.
I knew going in the basics of the story; George and Lennie get work on a farm, Lennie accidentally kills (what I thought was) the farmer’s wife. I also had an inkling that Lennie would ultimately die at the end. Well, it was the farmer’s son’s wife but that’s only a small mislead. I was not expecting Lennie’s passing to come at the hands of George; that was a giant shock.
I read the book in a single evening, on the sofa. I’m glad I did. There is so much foreshadowing going on in the book towards events that are to come – reading it in a single sitting meant all those nods towards later happenings in the novel were completely fresh in my mind. I appreciate why so many schools study this book in class now; there are so many different avenues to pursue and analyse, and so much to think about after finishing this book. I think I’m going to be collecting y thoughts completely for a little while.
To tell you the truth, after finishing it I’m a little bit gutted I never got to write any assignments on it as there’s so much to study and analyse. I keep thinking and saying I don’t know how I left it so long to read this wonderful little book. Everyone should read it. Essential reading.
My rating: 9/10