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The Moon Is Down [BOOKS] ✸ The Moon Is Down By John Steinbeck – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Taken by surprise, a small coastal town is overrun by an invading army with little resistance The town is important because it is a port that serves a large coal mine Colonel Lanser, the head of the i Taken by surprise, a small coastal town is overrun by an invading army with little resistance The town is important because it is a port that serves a large coal mine Colonel Lanser, the head of the invading battalion, along with his staff establishes his HQ in the house of the democratically elected and popular Mayor OrdenAs the reality of occupation sinks in and the weather turns bleak, with the snows beginning earlier than usual, the simple, peaceful people of the town are angry and The Moon Kindle - confused Colonel Lanser, a veteran of many wars, tries to operate under a veil of civility and law, but in his heart he knows that there are no peaceful people amongst those whose freedom has been taken away by force The veil is soon torn apart when Alexander Morden, an erstwhile alderman and a free man, is ordered to work in the mine He strikes out at Captain Loft with a pick axe, but Captain Bentick steps into its path and dies of it After a summary trial, Morden is executed by a firing squad This incident catalyzes the people of the town and they settle into a slow, silent, waiting revenge Sections of the railroad linking the port with the mine get damaged regularly, the machinery breaks down often, and the dynamo of the electricity generators gets short circuited Whenever a soldier relaxes his guard, drinks or goes out with a woman, he is killed Mayor Orden stands by his people, and tries to explain to Col Lanser that his goal to break man s spirit permanently is impossibleThe cold weather and the constant fear weighs heavy on the occupying force, many of whom wish the war to end so that they can return home They realize the futility of the war and that the flies have conquered the flypaper Some members of the resistance escape to England and ask the English for explosives so that the townspeople can intensify their efforts English planes parachute drop small packages containing dynamite sticks and chocolates all around the town In a state of panic, the army takes the Mayor and his friend Dr Winter, the town doctor and historian, hostage and lets it be known that any action from resistance will lead to their execution Mayor Orden knows that nothing can stop his people and that his death is imminent He tells his wife that while he can be killed, the idea of Mayor and freedom and democracy is beyond the reach of any army Before his execution, Mayor Orden reminds Dr Winter of the dialogues of Socrates in the Apology, a part he played in the high school play, and tells him to make sure that the debt is repaid to the army, ie that the resistance is continued.


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  1. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Moon is down, John Ernst SteinbeckThe Moon Is Down, a novel by John Steinbeck fashioned for adaptation for the theatre and for which Steinbeck received the Norwegian King Haakon VII Freedom Cross, was published by Viking Press in March 1942 The story tells of the military occupation of a small town in Northern Europe by the army of an unnamed nation at war with England and Russia much like the occupation of Norway by the Germans during World War II 19 The Moon is down, John Ernst SteinbeckThe Moon Is Down, a novel by John Steinbeck fashioned for adaptation for the theatre and for which Steinbeck received the Norwegian King Haakon VII Freedom Cross, was published by Viking Press in March 1942 The story tells of the military occupation of a small town in Northern Europe by the army of an unnamed nation at war with England and Russia much like the occupation of Norway by the Germans during World War II 1968 1341 182 11 5 16 20 1939 1945 1365 162 1377 153 9640004626 9789640004623 1389 1384 161 9644456734 1362 192 1393 205 9786006110172


  2. Stephen Stephen says:

    Propaganda is a word often spewed in anger or indignation at some form of manipulative or self serving communication It s generally viewed as objectionable, ugly, and immoral Meet the honorable, dignified exception to that stereotype.John Steinbeck s 1942 novel, written to support the Allied effort during WWII, is propaganda as pure as freshly fallen snow, as righteous and moral as love for humanity It is propaganda in affirmation of freedom, self determination, and the indomitable will of pe Propaganda is a word often spewed in anger or indignation at some form of manipulative or self serving communication It s generally viewed as objectionable, ugly, and immoral Meet the honorable, dignified exception to that stereotype.John Steinbeck s 1942 novel, written to support the Allied effort during WWII, is propaganda as pure as freshly fallen snow, as righteous and moral as love for humanity It is propaganda in affirmation of freedom, self determination, and the indomitable will of people to persevere and overcome.PLOT SUMMARY The story begins with a peaceful, democratic village swiftly invaded and occupied by aggressive, fascist army bearing all of the telltales of Nazi GermanyBy 10 45 it was all over The town was occupied, the defenders defeated, and the war was finishedThe brilliant irony of the novel s first words is revealed only later as we learn that the war has barely even begun We meet the simple, hardworking people of the village, who seem perplexed, but not, initially, embittered by the invaders We meet the enemy, Colonel Lanser and his officers, none of whom are presented as mustache twirling villains Just soldiers doing a job The initial interactions are cordial, almost bizarrely so, and there is a sense that things may not be so bad.Wrong..it isand Steinbeck deftly, methodically commences to bleed the air of lightheartedness out of the narrative, and reveals the underlying severity of his message.This brings me to the first major kudo I wish to bestow on Steinbeck His manipulation and control over his material is impressive, and he effectively confounds your expectations through the slowly escalating gravity of the story s tone After the initial brutal invasion, including the killing of a group of the town s soldiers, is glossed over and depicted in a casual, almost humorous fashion, I was thinking that this may be something akin to a black comedy Not the case, and Steinbeck begins to turn the screws The invaders need the townspeople to work the coal mine the town s coal resources were the reason it was targeted The town people do not take kindly to being forced to work the mines The invaders insist Tension animosity hatred violence ensue that I will leave for you to discover THOUGHTS The horror of war, the enduring strength of freedom, and the self defeating process of using humans to impose inhuman oppression, these are the messages of Steinbeck s work I want to talk a little about this latter aspect first, because it s something you don t see portrayed enough in stories about occupying forces Usually, you see the damage that is inflicted on those that have been deprived of their liberty, and Steinbeck certainly does reflect this in the story However, he also shows the dehumanizing, destructive effect of the occupation on the occupier As the townspeople become resentful and openly antagonistic, it begins to take a devastating toll on the enemy soldiers, who simply want to go home to their own families and feel like they have been lied to by their superiors They find they must constantly be on their guard and can never travel alone, which has a serious effect on their moraleFear crept in on the men in their billets and it made them sad and it crept into their patrols and it made them cruelThese soldiers, just like their captives, have lost their freedom, and Steinbeck s portrayal of their desolation powerfully closes the circle on the there are truly no winners in a war of aggression theme There are only victims On the other side of the coin, Steinbeck extols the right of people to live free and inner resolve that comes from the yearning to self determine His message, delivered throughout the second half of the story, is that the very nature of invasion and occupation give rise to the invaders downfall by reorganizing the previously self interested and peaceful townsfolk into a cohesive band of freedom fightersFree men cannot start a war, but once it is started, they can fight on in defeat Herd men, followers of a leader, cannot do that, and so it is always the herd men who win battles and the free men who win wars. The armies measures to try and maintain control over the populace backfire, as they must, and the extremes to which the oppressed will go to secure that which was taken only becomesamplifiedDon t you know you will have to kill all of us or we in time will kill all of you You destroyed the law when you came in, and a new law took its place Finally, I will begin my wrap up with one of my favorite quotes from the story, in which Steinbeck sums up his view on the futility of war War is treachery and hatred, the muddling of incompetent generals, the torture and killing and sickness and tiredness, until at last it is over and nothing has changed except for new weariness and new hatreds. Steinbeck s novel is a large story told on a very small stage He doesn t mince around with nuances or delicate philosophies He goes straight at the fundamentals It will stay with you long after you reach the end 4.5 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION


  3. Lyn Lyn says:

    John Steinbeck published The Moon is Down in 1942 While not directly naming either Norway or Germany, the reader understands that the setting is Norway during the Nazi German occupation, which began in 1940 Written for easy adaptation to the theater, Steinbeck evokes Ibsen with his play like, scene focused action When the novel was published, Nazi German forces occupied much of Europe and North Africa and the Anglo American and Russian allied forces had yet to check Nazi aggression and expans John Steinbeck published The Moon is Down in 1942 While not directly naming either Norway or Germany, the reader understands that the setting is Norway during the Nazi German occupation, which began in 1940 Written for easy adaptation to the theater, Steinbeck evokes Ibsen with his play like, scene focused action When the novel was published, Nazi German forces occupied much of Europe and North Africa and the Anglo American and Russian allied forces had yet to check Nazi aggression and expansion Steinbeck has created a simple, strident and moving declaration of the indomitable will of a people who refuse to give in to tyranny The character Mayor Orden, a symbol of unassuming yet steadfast resistance and leadership, sums up the theme of the novel when he says Our people are invaded, but I don t think they are conquered


  4. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    Short and bitter sweet, The Moon is Down shows what becomes of docile countryfolk when they are invaded and subjugated.Not sure what to expect from this lesser known work by Steinbeck, my first impression after a few pages was that I was in for a light comedy, a sort of Catch 22 anti war declaration, apparently with silly citizens and gullible army officers acting out a daffy pre Hogan s Heroes farce But then it turned serious and dark, and actually hopeful There are small heroes, tiny victo Short and bitter sweet, The Moon is Down shows what becomes of docile countryfolk when they are invaded and subjugated.Not sure what to expect from this lesser known work by Steinbeck, my first impression after a few pages was that I was in for a light comedy, a sort of Catch 22 anti war declaration, apparently with silly citizens and gullible army officers acting out a daffy pre Hogan s Heroes farce But then it turned serious and dark, and actually hopeful There are small heroes, tiny victories The struggle is not valiant There are no action packed depictions It is furtive Victory over their oppressors is implied But the main point is that those supposedly conquered should struggle against their oppressors Most will and most will never give up the fight Aspects of The Moon is Down had a deja vu familiarity about them and then one particular scene jarred my memory and sent me back 30 years orto a TV version of All Quiet on the Western Front In it actor Richard Thomas aka John Boy plays a German I think in the early 80s he was trying to get away from his good guy Waltons persona Playing a soldier from an antagonistic army pushing himself on a woman from the conquered country would do it Well anyway, the scene in question is not, to my recollection, from All Quiet, but rather from this book I hope Steinbeck got some credit


  5. Melki Melki says:

    By 10 45 it was all over The town was occupied, the defenders defeated, and the war was finished. Not quite In Steinbeck s 1942 story of a small unnamed town invaded by an unnamed enemy, the war was far from finished The book begins with an almost farcical tone the mayor needs to have his ear hairs trimmed before his meeting with the conquering colonel, the ratfink mole who s been informing on the townsfolk seems surprised that he should not continue to live amongst them, and one of the sol By 10 45 it was all over The town was occupied, the defenders defeated, and the war was finished. Not quite In Steinbeck s 1942 story of a small unnamed town invaded by an unnamed enemy, the war was far from finished The book begins with an almost farcical tone the mayor needs to have his ear hairs trimmed before his meeting with the conquering colonel, the ratfink mole who s been informing on the townsfolk seems surprised that he should not continue to live amongst them, and one of the soldiers is bitten by the mayor s feisty cook Because of the ease the invading army had in taking the town, the officers assume that the local citizens will fall into line and accept them as their new rulers The mayor predicts that things will not be that easyThe people are confused now They have lived at peace so long that they do not quite believe in war They will learn and then they will not be confused any Things turn ugly after an incident at the local mine, and the mayor s prediction comes true as the oppressed people begin to exact their revenge Steinbeck presents a unique look at life during wartime, and humankind s desire to be free


  6. Kim Kim says:

    Well before the United States entered World War II, John Steinbeck became involved in several government intelligence and information agencies because he wanted to fight fascism By September 1941 Steinbeck decided that he would write a work of fiction using what he had learned from European refugees about the psychological effects of occupation on people living in countries which had come under Nazi control This novella is the result Set in a village in an unnamed country, it focuses on the e Well before the United States entered World War II, John Steinbeck became involved in several government intelligence and information agencies because he wanted to fight fascism By September 1941 Steinbeck decided that he would write a work of fiction using what he had learned from European refugees about the psychological effects of occupation on people living in countries which had come under Nazi control This novella is the result Set in a village in an unnamed country, it focuses on the experiences of the locals as they deal with occupation by the armed forces of another unnamed country The text makes it clear that the occupier is meant to be Germany, and while the occupied land could be a number of European countries, it is very much like Norway The narrative describes the arrival of the enemy soldiers, the reaction of the villagers to occupation and of the soldiers to the act of occupying, the involvement of a local collaborator and the population s growing determination to resist the enemy and fight for freedom Even though the work was specifically designed to be a piece of anti Nazi propaganda, Steinbeck avoided stereotyping the invading soldiers Instead, he showed them as human beings with differing attitudes to their role, missing home and their families and trying to justify their position to the locals He was criticised for this While many critics praised the work, some influential critics accused Steinbeck of being soft on the Nazis and suggested that the novella would demoralise victims of Nazi aggression in occupied Europe Those particular critics were wrong After the war, the King of Norway gave Steinbeck a medal in honour of the influence of the work in Norway and it later came to light that although the Nazis banned the book, it was translated, illegally printed and distributed throughout occupied western Europe And not only in Europe the book was also circulated in parts of China under Japanese occupation If anything, by portraying the occupying soldiers as human beings and not as monsters, Steinbeck showed that they could be defeated.The work has the feeling of a parable, almost of a fairy tale It is heavy on dialogue and relatively light on description In common with many short works, the characters are lightly sketched in rather than well developed As befits a work of propaganda, it is somewhat didactic in tone Overall, it s fair to say that in terms of literary merit, this is far from Steinbeck s best work However, the simplicity of the writing had a purpose As I was reading, it struck me that the work would have been relatively straightforward to translate To translate a work of literature generally requires background speaker level fluency in the original language and the language into which the work is to be translated However, the language in this work is relatively simple and the complexities of metaphor and idiom are avoided Anyone reasonably competent in English could have translated the work with the assistance of a good dictionary That Steinbeck could adapt his writing style to such an extent, while still producing elegant prose, is a testament to his skill Even though this is not Steinbeck s best work, it s still a thought provoking read It gets four stars for being a satisfying literary work and an additional star for being an interesting historical artifact


  7. Henry Martin Henry Martin says:

    I must admit that my reading this year has been all over the place some philosophical works, some Balzac, some classics, some indie titles, some surrealism so when I reached for this unknown to me Steinbeck, I had no idea whether I was going to like it or not But alas, it is Steinbeck Despite being rather short, this book delivers much food for thought Looking at the GR database, many readers have labeled this book as propaganda apparently, it was written as such Yet, I cannot label it I must admit that my reading this year has been all over the place some philosophical works, some Balzac, some classics, some indie titles, some surrealism so when I reached for this unknown to me Steinbeck, I had no idea whether I was going to like it or not But alas, it is Steinbeck Despite being rather short, this book delivers much food for thought Looking at the GR database, many readers have labeled this book as propaganda apparently, it was written as such Yet, I cannot label it the same way and maintain clean conscience This little book is so muchthan propaganda In fact, it reminds me a little of my all time favorite war story Pins and Needles by Boris Vian Why Well, for starters, neither one is about a war They both use war as a backdrop to a larger drama the drama of human beings and their inability to coexist together in peace They both center on the uselessness of war, on the idiocy of following out of touch leaders, of the blindness of following orders, and of the struggle to reconcile with the inutility of it all Where Vian centered on a single soldier as a part of the machine, Steinbeck centers not on the machine itself, but rather on the players the wheels that make the machine turn He focuses equally on the conquerors and the conquered, and their interactions The details about the location are so minimal that the location itself becomes almost impertinent And isn t that true in a real war, after all Wars are not about places they are about victories and losses And as Steinbeck points out, the conquerors often win battles, but the conquered win wars, because they are not following a leader or an agenda They are in it for themselves Unlike thecontemporary books I read recently, The Moon is Down is written almost entirely as a dialogue between the various parties to the story And here is where Steinbeck shines in the dialogue, which advances the story without being boring, overdone, or cliched We have friends talking, enemies talking, and through their exchanges we not only see the progress of the war itself, but also the progress of the change which is taking place inside the oppressed This is a wonderful story about two men one conquered and one conqueror One elected and one appointed They both know the nonsense of it all, and they both agree on it, yet both have to follow their duty as required by their office An excellent read


  8. Himanshu Himanshu says:

    Free men cannot start a war, but once it is started, they can fight on in defeat Herd men, followers of a leader, cannot do that, and so it is always the herd men who win battles and the free men who win wars. Such a thing is war where a haze creeps over our minds, a foggy mist of confusion that dilutes the outline of real versus unreal Then some words are put together on makeshift pieces of paper to form a book that gets circulated stealthily and the strength is delivered A strength which Free men cannot start a war, but once it is started, they can fight on in defeat Herd men, followers of a leader, cannot do that, and so it is always the herd men who win battles and the free men who win wars. Such a thing is war where a haze creeps over our minds, a foggy mist of confusion that dilutes the outline of real versus unreal Then some words are put together on makeshift pieces of paper to form a book that gets circulated stealthily and the strength is delivered A strength which is unquantifiable and unfathomable as it is a strength of the heart What can the enemy do to tackle it really What torture, treachery or massacre could break this resolve None, because those words in some surreptitious way have provided a freedom to the foggy minds A freedom which paves an unassailable path towards a single objective of defeating the enemy.I have a very good habit of not reading the reviews before picking up a book and a very bad habit of forgetting the ones that I ve read long back So luckily for me, I didn t know the background of this novel until I read the brilliant Afterword by Donald V Coers Imagine my countenance when I came to know that this work by an author who I utterly adore has been labeled as Propaganda and it turned out to be successfully so To put it simply Through an anonymous pseudo plot, Steinbeck has written a simple yet powerful work on the Nazi occupied Norway during the WW II Over the period of 1940 1942, Steinbeck had actively volunteered for various government information and intelligence agencies, which brought him in contact with various displaced refugees from recently occupied countries like Norway and Denmark among others This brought to his notice various underground resistance activities going on in their native lands, thus subsequently leading him to write this piece of fiction which was first published in USA in 1942 after making a few changes and borrowing the title from the beginning of Act 2 of Macbeth It was released at the time of the attack on Peal Harbor, making it one of the biggest literary controversies of that time The critics even went on to label Steinbeck as na vet But by this time, the book had found its way to western Europe as a stealth dagger to give it s people the much needed fuel to carry on the resistance.But, how does a man living thousands of miles away write something so simple yet powerful that most of a continent and even China for that matter, amidst the most cruel war of all time, recognize it as one of the indispensable contributors towards their independence To which Steinbeck respondedI put myself in your place, and thought what I would doOK sir, if you say so.All of that said, this book was different from his other works, the strong muscled The Grapes of Wrath, or the earthly wise Of Mice and Men, or the life encompassing East of Eden It was a war book alright, but the enemy was so human, the native s emotions so palpable, the atmosphere so dense, and the revenge so deep rooted that it breaks the shackles that binds a propaganda book to the war time, and transcends to the glorious eternity There were to be found the elements of Wodehousian humor and Dostoevskian tragic psyche too Whatcould I ask for Maybe just my epitaph by his words that would forever refuse to die against the coldest of steel


  9. James James says:

    Loved it and very nearly rated it as a 5 Written ostensibly as intelligent propaganda for the allies in WWII and from reading the afterword in the edition I read, it was seemingly massively effective and influential in that context across many occupied countries Whilst being criticised as being over simplistic, I feel the book stands extremely well indeed as a novel in its own right simply written and with such clarity, it goes to the heart of the human experience and is all thepower Loved it and very nearly rated it as a 5 Written ostensibly as intelligent propaganda for the allies in WWII and from reading the afterword in the edition I read, it was seemingly massively effective and influential in that context across many occupied countries Whilst being criticised as being over simplistic, I feel the book stands extremely well indeed as a novel in its own right simply written and with such clarity, it goes to the heart of the human experience and is all thepowerful for doing so An overlooked classic in my eyes don t miss


  10. Matt Matt says:

    I read this in one night when I flopped drunk on my friend s girlfriend s couch after a night around the bars It s so timely as to be telepathic.One character literally remarks, regarding the town his troops are occupying, how he is puzzled that there were no flowers or candy thrown at the soldiers who liberated them, as everyone had promised they would.I mean, Come On, how can that not blow your mind, just a little bit It was written as Allied propaganda during WW2 explicity at the request o I read this in one night when I flopped drunk on my friend s girlfriend s couch after a night around the bars It s so timely as to be telepathic.One character literally remarks, regarding the town his troops are occupying, how he is puzzled that there were no flowers or candy thrown at the soldiers who liberated them, as everyone had promised they would.I mean, Come On, how can that not blow your mind, just a little bit It was written as Allied propaganda during WW2 explicity at the request of the government, with Steinbeck s full compliance.It was contraband in Italy, where one could be put to death for transmitting it it was printed on tissue paper to be smuggled through fascist occupation and the courageous souls who took it upon themselves to get it out to the Allied soldiers narrowly missed deaththan once.This is what Literature s all about for me Writing and reading like your life depended on it And it s immensely gratifying to know that for some, it actually did.It s not necessarily a literary masterpiece, but its of sufficient quality to be valuable as a piece of art than as a simple historical artifact.It s even sympathetic to the Nazi characters They are portrayed as human beings, not monsters, since that would be ironically to play into the fascist game after all didn t the Nazis, for example, attempt to claim that they were superhuman An overtly propagandistic novel which actually addresses the humanity of the enemy and that s quite an enemy we re talking about here is a mightly impressive and respectable feat, says I.I m just glad I read it What it represents, on several levels, is gratifying and positive that this very minor book should never be forgotten


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