10. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck, 1937.
Lennie, who had been watching, imitated George exactly. He pushed himself back, drew up his knees, embraced them, looked over to George to see whether he had it just right. He pulled his hat down a little more over his eyes, the way George’s hat was.
I first read this book during my GCSE years at school. It depicts the friendship between two best friends, George and Lennie who manage to find a job working on a ranch in order to save money for their future plans; they want to own a farm. Things slowly begin to get out of hand as Lennie is a man of limited mental ability, and things do not go to plan. The book has been banned from various US schools and libraries for its “vulgar” and “offensive language” (taken from Banned and/or Challenged Books, 2007). In…
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