2 de juliol de 2013

Talking about... Of Mice and Men de John Steinbeck

El proper dijous dia 4 de juliol a les 19h continuem el nostre 3r Cicle de tertúlies en anglès Talking about... Ens trobarem a la Biblioteca Pompeu Fabra per practicar l'anglès i parlar sobre aquest llibre i el seu autor.

John Steinbeck
(Feb. 27, 1902, Salinas, Calif., U.S.—Dec. 20, 1968, New York, N.Y.)

John Steinbeck grew up in a fertile agricultural valley about twenty-five miles from the Pacific Coast. In 1919 he went to Stanford University, where he intermittently enrolled in literature and writing courses until he left in 1925 without taking a degree. During the next five years he supported himself as a laborer and journalist in New York City, all the time working on his first novel, Cup of Gold (1929). Popular success and financial security came with Tortilla Flat (1935), stories about Monterey's paisanos. Three powerful novels of the late 1930s focused on the Californian laboring class: In Dubious Battle (1936), Of Mice and Men (1937) and the book considered by many his finest, The Grapes of Wrath (1939). The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951) preceded publication of the monumental East of Eden (1952), an ambitious saga of the Salinas Valley and his own family's history. The last decades of his life were spent in New York City and Sag Harbor with his third wife, with whom he travelled widely. He died in 1968, having won a Nobel Prize in 1962.

Of Mice and Men

Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie, have nothing in the world except each other and a dream – a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California's Salinas Valley, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie, struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy, becomes a victim of his own strength.
Giving voice to America's lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men has proved one of Steinbeck's most popular works.

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