Penguin Modern Classics: Of Mice and Men
Hungry. Homeless. Will work for food. In 1937, George and Lennie have nothing except each other. Today we have austerity. In the 1930s, they had the Great Depression: the worst economic downturn in modern history. George and Lennie are like millions of others caught up in the crisis: drifters roaming the United States in search of work. All they have in the world is the clothes on their back – and a dream of one day owning their own land. After a long and exhausting journey, they find work on a ranch in California. But Lennie isn’t like other men. He’s a gentle giant who doesn’t know his own strength. What will happen when he accidentally hurts someone?
- A searing classic which remains hugely relevant today
- Gives a powerful voice to the lonely and dispossessed
- Steinbeck wrote East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath
- This book was turned into three films and a Broadway play
“Brutality and tenderness mingle in these strangely moving pages… The reader is fascinated by a certainty of approaching doom.” Chicago Tribune