This is the story of one farmer's family, driven from their fields by natural disasters and economic changes beyond anyone's control and their great journey in search of peace, security, and another home.
In the film some crucial scenes are removed, but I thought that the characters in the movie were better than in the book. In the book this episode is long and George has a hard time shooting Lennie.
On the other hand, taking to many liberties when adapting this modern classic into a film would not be a smart thing to do. He was living in a place where no one accepted him because he was a third, which means that he belongs to the government for a special purpose The book starts by describing the surrounding landscape of the Salinas Valley where Lennie and George spend the night by the river.
Indeed, "loosely" is the word; the period, setting, and circumstances of the film are totally different from those of the novella. It instead has George confronted by Slim and the other guys, and then they go and have a drink.
In both stories the main character Forrest Gump goes through a series of misfortunate events that eventually turn him into an American hero and millionaire.
The story is brilliant and genius, and only an outstanding writer like John Stenbeck can create a masterpiece like this. This book is not sponsored or endorsed by or affiliated with the Microsoft Corporation.
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