Banned Book Review: Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is largely considered one of the great works of American fiction. It is also one of the nation’s most frequently challenged books.  The novella follows two migrant workers as they move from place to place seeking work.  George is the leader of this twosome, having been tasked with caring for the large, lovable, developmentally disabled Lennie.  The two share of dream of one day having a place of their own where George can tend to the crops while Lennie tends to his rabbits. The problem is Lennie is unaware of his own strength and has gotten he and George into more than one jam. The tale focuses on the pair in their newest assignment where Lennie becomes the target of the farm bully and ultimately ends up inadvertently killing someone. At this point, George is faced with some tough decisions.

Of Mice and Men touches on the very real themes of love, friendship, alienation, and poverty. The language is real and often raw and the situations presented are sometimes tough. There are some violent scenes and the issue of euthanasia is definitely prevalent at the novella’s end. The book is, however, both poignant and captivating. It is the first book I read that actually brought me to tears. The friendship between George and Lennie transcends generations and shows readers the importance of loyalty and presents them with the question of how far they would go to protect their best friend. This is a book that I believe deserves a place on everyone’s shelf. If you’ve not read it, give it a shot. It’s short enough to get through in a day—the perfect size to celebrate Banned Books Week!


To celebrate Banned Books Week, I’m giving away the top ten banned/challenged books of 2010:

You may also be interested in my musings on the WSJ article that spawned the #YASaves movement this summer:

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5 Comments on “Banned Book Review: Of Mice and Men

  1. I've never read this one, though I think that I read another John Steinbeck book back in the late 70's in HS. I need to get back into reading some of the classics, like this one.


  2. I love this book! I've just recently graduated High School and I tell my younger cousins that if they have the choice, they should read this novel! Your review on it, sums it up very well!


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