One book. 112 pages. And a timeless read. I am so emotional moved by this book, I can hardly write this review. I am forced to love John Steinbeck and his art. Who says only fat books can make an impact?
A story about friendship. A story about George and his simple-minded friend Lennie. George is a smart fellow. Lennie has the strength of a bull and innocence of a child. George takes care of Lennie because of a promise he made years ago. Together, they dream of owning a land of their own where they will build a house and live a happy life. They start working on a ranch to make their dream come true. Little did they know, their lives would change in just a few days. It’s nothing like they imagined.
Even though the two of them were poles apart in their appearance and thinking, they belonged with each other. They shared a bond of friendship and trust in spite of troubled times. That’s why it was difficult for me to make peace with the ending. Why did you have to ruin things for me John? Why couldn’t you give them a happy ending and everything that they deserved? All I wanted was a light-read *Sigh*
What is it about sad stories that melts our hearts? In this fast-paced world, if there is any book that makes your heart halt for a moment and feel the ache, then it’s one hell of a great story. An under-rated book that will stay with you long after you have finished reading it. A heart-breaking end, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Does that make sense? I guess not. You will have to decide for yourselves.
Favorite Quotes from the book:
“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”
“Guy don’t need no sense to be a nice fella. Seems to me sometimes it jus’ works the other way around. Take a real smart guy and he ain’t hardly ever a nice fella.”
(Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are strictly my own and in no way influenced.)