I haven’t read a lot of Steinbeck.
But this story felt familiar. Perhaps I read it as a teenager.
Published in 1937, it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United States.
George Milton is street smart, but uneducated man. Lennie Small, a bulky, strong man but mentally disabled.
George’s loyalty to Lennie is the main theme.
The novella has been banned in places in the USA for various reasons. It remains required reading in many other American, Australian, Irish, British, New Zealand and Canadian high schools.