First Sentence: A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green.
This is the story of two friends, George and the simple-minded Lenny. George has been looking out for his friend Lenny for many years and they come to be working on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley. Childlike Lenny is forever getting himself in trouble, unable to control his emotions or desires. George may as well be travelling with a small child. They both share a dream of one day owning their own place and living off the “fatta the lan’”, and just when this dream is in their grasp, things go horribly wrong. This is an excellent story, one that has endured for many years, and one that will doubtless go on enduring for many years more. Steinbeck’s writing is glorious and he sets a scene like no one else, so if you haven’t read any Steinbeck before, this is as good a place as any to start.
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