This is a very short read, I read this as part of school work, and I was very moved.
It only takes a couple of hours to read this novella, but the story therein will last you a life time. Steinbeck has a great way of using animals and nature in this book to identify with the characters.
It has a very sad ending which, is mirrored with the dog in the book, if you don't know I wont spoil it for you.
As with all Steinbeck very real you can almost taste the sweat and smell the dirt in the barn.
exceptionally well written piece of work