book: Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck. Of Mice and Men. Bantam, 1971 (originally published 1937). 118 pages.

It’s a stage play, masquerading as a novella. Each chapter begins with a detailed description of the setting, which then remains static, like a set. The rest of the chapter consists almost exclusively of action and dialog: characters enter, play their scene, and exit. It’s an interesting way to write a book, although it makes me wonder why Steinbeck didn’t just write it as a play. Unfortunately, this style means that if you’ve seen the movie first, the book doesn’t really have anything new to offer. That’s okay, though; it’s a good enough story (and a fast enough read) that that’s not much of a negative.

8/10 (Great).


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