Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
A story about two drifters who go from job to job. These two are good friends, and try to look after each other but it's a hard world out there. They have a dream to save up to buy their own land, and stop working on these ranches, but it's always just out of reach. They have to changes jobs frequently because one of the men always finds a way to get into trouble
I love the colloquial language used by Steinbeck. He published this book in 1937 so the language is really of the time. His liberal use of cursing, such as son-of-a-bitch, Jesus Christ, as well as incorrect grammatical structures spoken by some ( “We could live offa the fatta the lan'.” ) add a 'real' factor to the dialogue. This is high literature because of the plot, and themes developed but it uses authentic language, no high minded literary bullshit. The dialogue really flows.
“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.”
I really appreciate short classic novels. Another one you could sink your teeth into is “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway.
“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.”
Rating: ★★★★★ Book #42 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge