Of Mice and Men (by John Steinbeck)
I really enjoyed this book. A novel or a novella?
At 29,000 words I guess the latter in this day and age. Even my slow and healing brain coped with ease. I was finished in three days and it's an excellent read that tackles some difficult topics still relevant today; namely racism, euthanasia, mental health and the burden of love. Very cleverly done too with the mirrored arc of an old dog and simple man; both loved and not 'mean', but beyond a use-by date.
The writing is done, for the most part, in conversation; accents and all. I know some modern editors think this is wrong because it can make for a more difficult read, but I loved it. In my mind I could hear the drawl in their voices; feel the dust in the air.
I'd definitely recommend it as a read, and was surprised to discover that a book included on much of the UK's english literature syllabus is still a banned book in large swathes of the US. It's quite innocent and matter of fact in its portrayal; very much an 'it is what it is' portrayal of a specific time in history.
Warts and all...
And perhaps that's the problem; it shines a light on that society's social issues, and sadly issues that still cut close to the bone: the bigotry and racism of the not too dim and distant past, and indeed, sadly, of today still.
They say t' truth hurts. If you get a chance, read it.
*As an afterthought -- I did wonder, as I was reading, how much this story influenced Stephen King in his writing of the Green Mile; I thought some of the similarities too close for comfort.
If there's a topic you'd like me to consider in a blog, a book you think I really need to read and review, or a TV Series you think I'd enjoy (and you'd like me to include it in my blog) drop me a line and let me know.
Finally. If you do buy my books. Thank you.
And let me know what you think. Get in touch on Twitter. I'm always there; a writer, you see...