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The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
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Nov 17, 2011

really liked it

This Steinbeck novella, first published in 1942, is a dark and cold description of a small European village invaded and occupied by an unknown military force. Although never named, the invader is clearly Nazi Germany and the invaded country is probably Norway, a neutral nation that was taken over in a surprise German attack in 1940. The distinctly defined characters and dialog make it obvious material for a stage or screenplay adaptation---a film version was produced by Twentieth Century Fox in 1943---and the theme is unmistakably that determined individuals can resist and defeat even the strongest militaristic social order. There is no effort to make the characters realistic; each represents a cross section of its society and way of life. The old and wizened town leaders realize there is nothing they can do to throw back the invaders and the invaders, in turn, see these people as simply inferior and insist that they will be subjugated. All the physical confrontations, death and mayhem takes place off stage and the results are then debated by the characters. This all lends a certain intellectual aloofness to the events and a feeling of detached inevitably of war but I thought this book was an excellent read and demonstrates why Steinbeck is considered one of the great American writers of our time.

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