Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Yes, I am on a Steinbeck kick.  This is an excellent work as I remembered and expected.  Apparently Steinbeck wrote this as a "Play Novel" to be performed on the stage.  You can definitely feel the settings are put together to be scenes, how costumes and stage design are accounted for, and even blocking is embedded in the storyline.  Beyond that, the characters are as finely drawn as always in a Steinbeck work.  The story is one of loneliness.  The loneliness of George and Lenny keep them together.  The loneliness of the men on the farm puts them in an odd position of seeking companionship and erecting walls of protection. The loneliness of Curly's wife gets her killed in the end.  It is a beautiful and sad story.

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