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."