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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (review by Sachi B. ’21)

Of Mice and MenOf Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Written by John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men, is a heartwarming novella about two men working to achieve their dream of having their own farm. The novel revolves around the Lennie and George, the protagonists who are complete opposites. George, a smart and caring man, acts as a protector for Lennie, a hard-working man with the mind of a child. The duo work and travel together as migrant workers in California during the Great Depression. Though George sometimes criticizes Lennie for being an extra burden for him, deep down he knows that he can never abandon him. Both Lennie and George have absolutely no family; they only have each other. These two men work in a farm, dreaming of the day to have sufficient money to buy their own land. While the novel is mostly light-hearted, it takes a massive turn towards the end, which made me give it four stars due to the extremely depressing ending. Despite the climax of the novel, this book showcased the importance of friendship and how one always needs another human by their side. I would definitely recommend this short but sweet novel that teaches the important message of friendship. – Sachi B. ’21

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East of Eden by John Steinbeck (review by Meilan S. ’17)

East of EdenEast of Eden by John Steinbeck
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Looking for a book that’s philosophical meanderings and gorgeous prose will make you dizzy? Searching for a story that will leave you intellectually and spiritually fulfilled? Longing for action and intrigue? Then East of Eden is the book for you! The novel that Nobel prize winner John Steinbeck described as the pinnacle of his career, East of Eden is an intricately woven literary masterpiece. Spanning three generations, East of Eden is a twisted version of the Bible tale of Cain and Abel. The story begins with Adam, an innocent, pure, young man whose childhood is a struggle against his abusive half-brother, Charles. Meanwhile, we meet Cathy, a twisted Eve, a monster incapable of feeling emotion for others. Their sons, Caleb and Aaron struggle as the opposing sides of human nature battle inside them. Steinbeck introduces countless subplots, each worthy of its own book. The story of Lee, the intellectual immigrant and Samuel Hamilton, who is based on Steinbeck’s grandfather. Despite being built on a biblical story, the book is more contemplative and generally spiritual than specifically Christian. East of Eden can be described as nothing other than an epic saga about all of humanity. It will touch your soul. – Meilan S. ’17

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