I must be one of the few people who didn't study Of Mice And Men for O Level...(they didn't have GCSEs in my day.) I did read the book a very long time ago along with Cannery Row, and I have to confess to not being able to remember much about either of the stories, except a depressing lack of hope.
My son, as you may know from the previous post, has read the book for
GCSE English and enjoyed it. And, as you also may know he has since had
all that enjoyment squashed out of him by the very same GCSE method of
study. I did however manage to persuade him to come along to the Royalty Theatre's production of it. He wasn't exactly a willing or enthusiastic
conscript. "I got the feeling you weren't giving me the option to
refuse" he admitted. His feeling was correct; I admit it!
He was pretty impressed by the play, liked the way they had tackled
it. Enjoyed the humour. But he
I take heart from the fact that he enjoyed the theatrical experience,
was able to comment intelligently on the production, and also that he
admitted he has allowed his classroom experience to negatively influence
his enjoyment of the play.
He is much more self aware than I ever was at his age, so maybe the education system is doing something right...or maybe I am?