Thursday, February 7, 2008

Rats Sweet and Sour : Chinese New Year

photos by Reuters
In China the rat is beloved.La légende raconte que Bouddha avait invité tous les animaux à venir fêter le Nouvel an avec lui, mais que seuls douze ont répondu à son invitation.
As the legend goes,Boudha invited all the animals to his birthday party.Only twelve showed up.
I love to draw rats and mice.Maybe because they remind me so much of Man and his ways.

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck

In CliffsNotes on Of Mice and Men, you discover John Steinbeck's parable about what it means to be human. Steinbeck's story of George and Lennie's ambition of owning their own ranch, and the obstacles that stand in the way of that ambition, reveal the nature of dreams, dignity, loneliness, and sacrifice. Ultimately, Lennie, the mentally handicapped giant who makes George's dream of owning his own ranch worthwhile, ironically becomes the greatest obstacle to achieving that dream.`,pageNum-6.html

Based on Steinbeck's own experience as a bindle stiff in the 1920s (before the arrival of the Okies he would vividly describe in The Grapes of Wrath), the title is taken from Robert Burns's poem, To a Mouse, which is often quoted as: "The best-laid plans of mice and men go oft awry." Required reading in many American, Australian, British, New Zealand and Canadian high schools, Of Mice and Men has been a frequent target of censors for what some consider "offensive" and "vulgar" language, and appears on the American Library Association's list of the Most Challenged Books of 21st Century.from Wikipedia

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