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The best laid plans..

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 8, 2010 by radiantmarbles

Of Mice and Men. (John Steinbeck)

— One of the many books I was required to read at school and the one I adored the most. It’s set around two characters, Lennie & George who are trying to find work during the Great Depression. Their dream is to one day own their own ranch and “live offa the fatta the lan’ “   This novel follows them on the road to achieving this dream, the problems they face and the people they encounter.

“With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us.” Lennie broke in. “But not us! An’ why? Because … because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.”

  

For me the relationship between Lennie and George is just so beautifully heartbreaking it’s the reason I can never get enough of this novel. You hear and read about those rare friendships which are so strong, that those involved would do anything for each other and this is definitely one of those relationships.

If you haven’t read this book I would strongly recommend you do but if you’re too lazy or don’t have the time, renting the 1992 version of the movie would suffice, as it stays so true to the novel which is very rare nowadays. Under the same name starring John Malkovich and Gary Sinise (also the director) they do justice to the characters and both leads couldn’t have been more perfectly cast. Malkovich’s performance is moving and Sinise’s performance is effortlessly powerful. Of Mice and Men, will forever remain a classic tale of true love and courage and is a piece of literature turned film which will continue to be cherished by individuals, for ever.