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Of Mice and Men [Full Review]

Of mice and men is like half a novel half a play. It was very simple and very fast-paced which made there no place for boredom.

I love the bond of friendship that tied the two, George and Lennie, together, it was a friendship you barely see in real life and sometimes even hard to see in novels. It was something. Something big. And the trust Lennie had in George was so admirable, even if he wasn't a sane man.
I pretty much noticed the friendship bond more than slavery by capitalism in the novel. I think Steinbeck gave more attention to friendship than labor, and to human emotions and faithfulness than anything else.

Not a fan of the slang language used in the novel. I honestly, as a reader, read novels as a way of enhancing my language (at least one of the things that made me an avid reader), thus the language Steinbeck used wasn't admirable and some lines were actually a bit hard for me to understand because of the slang.
Steinbeck's style didn't sound unique to me to be honest, perhaps because the novel, for the most part, was full of dialogues and so the writing style didn't shine that much. I shall try something else for the author though.


"Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other."

"A guy needs somebody―to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick."

"They come, an' they quit an' go on; an' every damn one of 'em's got a little piece of land in his head. An' never a God damn one of 'em ever gets it. Just like heaven. Ever’body wants a little piece of lan’. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. It’s just in their head. They’re all the time talkin’ about it, but it’s jus’ in their head."

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I care not to freakin' care!

I don't care if you're from the Muslim Brotherhood party. I don't care if you're salafi. I don't care if you're christian.
I don't care if you're a liberal or a secular or a revolutionary socialist.
I don't care if you're a communist or a capitalist or a Marxist.
I don't care if you're a leftist or a rightist or a no wing at all.
I don't care if you hate my religion or my beliefs. And I don't even care about what you believe in, it's your life, your beginning and your ending, I have no interference whatsoever in any of that.
I won't bother looking at your cap or your veil or your beard. I wouldn't really care if you wore a necklace with the word Allah engraved on it or a cross or an image of Jesus.
I don't care. I really don't. And I refuse to give you the chance to label me either.
I only care that you're a part of humanity and you care to not care about labeling.
I only care that without names, we'd all know a better meaning of life.
I care for you not to care, so please stop labeling me, I swear I'm only human, nothing else. Nothing.
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-"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." — Theodore Roosevelt

-‎"He awoke each morning with the desire to do right, to be a good and meaningful person, to be, as simple as it sounded and as impossible as it actually was, happy. And during the course of each day his heart would descend from his chest into his stomach. By early afternoon he was overcome by the feeling that nothing was right, or nothing was right for him, and by the desire to be alone. By evening he was fulfilled: alone in the magnitude of his grief, alone in his aimless guilt, alone even in his loneliness. I am not sad, he would repeat to himself over and over, I am not sad. As if he might one day convince himself. Or fool himself. Or convince others—the only thing worse than being sad is for others to know that you are sad. I am not sad. I am not sad. Because his life had unlimited potential for happiness, insofar as it was an empty white room. He would fall asleep with his heart at the foot of his bed, like some domesticated animal that was no part of him at all. And each morning he would wake with it again in the cupboard of his rib cage, having become a little heavier, a little weaker, but still pumping. And by the midafternoon he was again overcome with the desire to be somewhere else, someone else, someone else somewhere else. I am not sad." —"Everything is illuminated" (novel).

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A picture is worth so much..

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نحن شعب إعتاد الكلام و النباح دون أن يُسمع لنا صوت ، و حتى من سمعنا فقد ادعى الصمم و عدم الكلام. حريتنا ليست كالأمور المُسلّم بها ، بل كالأمور التي يطبخها الرؤساء في شكل قذر يعتبرونه الديمقراطية.

"أعطني إعلاماً بلا ضمير ، أُعطيك شعباً بلا وعي" هكذا قالها وزير إعلام هتلر. فبالفعل نحن شعبٌ بلا وعي نلوم جهلنا على إعلام متخلف ساذج يرى أن كثرة الكذب تجعل الناس يصدقونه أكثر. و تنجح النظرية.

ولكن مع ثورتنا فقد أذهلْنا العالم بصراخنا و عويلنا حتى أننا ندفع ثمن سكوتنا لسنوات و سنوات ، ندفع الثمن شهداء أبطال يستحقون الحياة بينما نستحق نحن الموت في صمت. شهداء أصغرهم يموت مخنوقاً بسبب أيادٍ قذرة أو غاز لم تحتمله صحته المسكينة. ولكننا لن نتحرر جميعنا حتى نحرر ما يستعبدنا من الداخل.

إن لم تسأل نفسك أسئلة مثل "لماذا؟" و "كيف" و "ما مدى صحة هذا؟" كلما سمعت خبراً ما ، فأقسم لك أن نسبة تحررك هي 0%. إن لم تسأل نفسك لماذا يموت الناس في سوريا بهذه الوحشية و لماذا يستحق شعب بطل أن يُهان و يُذل هذه المذلة و يرى ما لم يره شعب في هذا العالم على مدار العقدين الماضيين ، فإن ضميرك لايزال ميتاً ، و إن وداعك لأحد قريب منك سيأتي لا محال و ستعلم حين إذٍ معنى أن تفقد عزيز ظلماً و بلا داع.

حرر عقلك الذي تشوبه الفرحة بالجهل ، قبل أن يدركك الحزن على فراق أحبابك.

ثورات الربيع العربي مستمرة. يسقط بشار الأسد. يسقط حكم العسكر. يسقط حسنة مبارك و العادلي. يسقط النظام الإستبدادي السعودي. تسقط روسيا و الصين. تسقط الأمم المتحدة. القوة في يد الشعوب.

ألا إن نصر الله قريب.

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