The Moon Is Down

The Moon Is Down

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Penguin Putnam
Occupied by enemy troops, a small, peaceable town comes face-to-face with evil imposed from the outside—and betrayal born within the close-knit community

In this masterful tale set in Norway during World War II, Steinbeck explores the effects of invasion on both the conquered and the conquerors. As he delves into the emotions of the German commander and the Norwegian traitor, and depicts the spirited patriotism of the Norwegian underground, Steinbeck uncovers profound, often unsettling truths about war—and about human nature.


Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s self-described “celebration of the durability of democracy” had an extraordinary impact as Allied propaganda in Nazi-occupied Europe. Despite Axis efforts to suppress it (in Fascist Italy, mere possession of the book was punishable by death), The Moon is Down was secretly translated into French, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, German, Italian and Russian; hundreds of thousands of copies circulated throughout Europe, making it by far the most popular piece of propaganda under the occupation. Few literary works of our time have demonstrated so triumphantly the power of ideas in the face of cold steel and brute force. This edition features an introduction by Donald V. Coers.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Depicts the Norwegian people's staunch resistance to the Nazi occupation.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, c1995, c1942
ISBN: 9780140187465
Branch Call Number: F STE
Characteristics: xxviii, 112 p. ; 21 cm


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Aug 30, 2017

A slim but packed gem from Steinbeck. As someone said earlier, you will think about this book long after the 112 pages are done.

Aug 03, 2017

This is a quick read and a different take on a war story. I like it better than any of the Steinbeck books that I had to read in school. The story is inspiring, and the characters are believable.

Feb 26, 2017

This is the best 112 pages you will read. You will think about it longer than it takes to read it. Be impressed with the history of this book and be awed by by how the story is told.

Jul 13, 2016

Such gorgeous writing! I had forgotten what Steinbeck was like.

Jan 02, 2016

I really enjoyed this short book. It tells of the spirit of freedom that survives the oppression of tyranny. An excellent read. I seldom re-read a book and I re-read this one.

Aug 17, 2013

The Nazis banned this book during World War II, despite its sympathetic depiction of a German soldier. The Resistance movement considered it a key recruitment tool. The Americans thought it was too sympathetic to the Nazis. You figure it out.


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Feb 13, 2016

"A light in the daytime is a lonely thing."

Aug 29, 2013

"He watched in amazement as his thumbs rolled over and over in his own lap. Doctor Winter was a man so simple that only a profound man would know him as profound."
and later:
"Joseph was elderly and lean and serious, and his life was so complicated that only a profound man would know him to be simple. He saw nothing amazing about Dr. Winter's rolling thumbs; in fact he found them irritating."

Aug 29, 2013

"The flies have conquered the flypaper."


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Aug 29, 2013

spacecat thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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Aug 29, 2013

Violence: Violence (it is war) is alluded to rather than described.


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