The Moon Is Down

The Moon Is Down John Steinbeck knew and understood America and Americans better than any other writer of the twentieth century The Dallas Morning News A man whose work was equal to the vast social themes that drove h

  • Title: The Moon Is Down
  • Author: John Steinbeck
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Paperback
  • John Steinbeck knew and understood America and Americans better than any other writer of the twentieth century The Dallas Morning News A man whose work was equal to the vast social themes that drove him Don DeLillo

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    1. 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 o [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. في مغيب القمر رواية كتبها جون شتاينبك ونشرت عام 1942 أثناء الحرب العالمية الثانية بلدة صغيرة يدخلها جيش الاحتلال لاستغلال مناجم الفحم الموجودة فيها, يحكي شتاينبك عن عمدة البلدة وأهلها البسطاء في مواجهة ومقاومة الاحتلالويصف حال جنود الاحتلال وما يدور في نفوسهم ما بين الشعور ب [...]

    5. ‎The Moon is down, John Ernst Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه سپتامبر سال 1968 میلادیعنوان: ماه پنهان است؛ اثر: جان اشتاین بک، ترجمه: پرویز داریوش؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، سازمان کتابهای جیبی: موسسه انتشارات فرانکلین، 1341، در 182 ص، اندازه 11در5/16 س.م.، موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی، قرن 20 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. " لقد أتى الجنود بالشتاء قبل موعده , طالما قال أبي إن الحرب تجلب الأجواء الرديئة , أو أن الأجواء الرديئة تجلب الحربلم أعد أذكر ما كان يقول لقاء مع الكاتب الأمريكي المشهور جون شتاينباك و روايته القصيرة في مغيب القمر , حيث يسلط الضوء على زمن الحرب و الإحتلال و لكن من زاوية مختلفة [...]

    9. 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 the more power [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب، از 182 صفحه تشکیل شده است و پیامِ اصلی داستان، نبرد برایِ پیروزی و مبارزه در راهِ آزادیستداستانِ در موردِ مردمِ شهرِ « قصبه» و مبارزۀ آنها با اشغالگرانِ آلمانیست « قصبه» دهکدۀ کوچکی در « نروژ» است مردمانش بسیار آرام و صلح جو هستند و تنها 12 نفر نیرویِ [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. Scritto nel 1942 quando l'esito della seconda grande guerra era ancora lontano e non si erano ancora fatte le ponderate considerazioni sulle diverse linee comportamentali seguite dai vari paesi interessati allo scontro, La Luna è tramontata è una lucida analisi della differenza fondamentale tra il libero arbitrio, tra la pretesa alla scelta di un popolo libero ("noi abbiamo tante teste quanta gente siamo e in momenti di necessità i capi sbucano fuori tra noi come funghi" pag. 113) che può de [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. Ένα τάγμα στρατιωτών καταλαμβάνει την πόλη. Αντίσταση δεν προβάλλεται. Ο πληροφοριοδότης των κατακτητών – ευπόληπτος δημότης - είχε φροντίσει να απομακρύνει τους ελάχιστους διαθέσιμους στρατιώτες. Η πόλις εάλω, λοιπόν. Απλά, ήσυχα, με λιγοστούς νεκρούς∙ και τα όποια διαθ [...]

    16. Ima u hemiji jedan vrlo lep primer za objašnjavanje kinetike – toplotna eksplozija. Ukratko, ako pokrenemo egzotermnu reakciju, oslobađanje toplote će dovesti do povećanja brzinske konstante, što će stvoriti još toplote; kako se brzina povećava sa svakim ciklusom, nemoguće je evakuisati višak toplote koji se nagomilava, što dovodi do lančane eksplozije.Sad se iz vrelog fiktivnog hemijskog reaktora selimo na ledeni fiktivni komad planete Zemlje tokom rata koji je mogao biti bilo koj [...]

    17. Kısa; ancak çok etkileyici bir kitap. Her ne kadar İkinci Dünya Savaşı esnasında, o dönemle ilgili olarak yazılmış olsa da dünyada değişen pek bir şey yok. İşgal görmemiş bir kasaba, madenlerini kullanmak amacıyla işgal ediliyor. İlk başta duruma anlam veremeyenler özgürlüklerinin ellerinden alındığını hissettikleri an bunun için ufak ufak da olsa direnmeye başlıyorlar. İşgalciler giderek büyüyen bir birlikten korkuyor, korktukları için daha fazla insanı [...]

    18. Nisam mislio da suštinski propagandni roman (sa tom namerom i otvoreno napisan) ikada može biti istovremeno i bajkovito Ljudska priča, sa velikim prvim slovom. Stajnbek sa zavidnom uzdržanošću (i na trenutke divno lirskim pejzažom) na sto i metalni kusur strana prikazuje okupaciju jednog malog nedefinisanog gradića od strane velikog nedefinisanog okupatora (iako je to očito naci švabo), sa možda i suviše “blagim” likovima, ali ispostavlja se da svaka ozbiljna književna kritika o [...]

    19. *Savaşın yıkımını görmüş yaşlı bir askerle, genç ve dinamik erlerin kafasına yerleşen insanları çok daha iyi koşullara kavuşturmak icin fetih yapıyoruz fikrinin yer yer çatışmasını,*Mağdur kesim olduğu söylenen küçük kasabanın halkının, birbirleri üzerinde oluşturdukları psikolojik baskıyı,*Şartlar lehine geliştiğinde insanın 'hiç yapmaz.' denilen işleri nasıl da yaptığını başarılı şekilde aktaran bir kısa romandı.

    20. I went through most of my life not knowing that The Moon is Down even existed. I haven't been the most fervent fan of John Steinbeck, so that could be the explanation, but in all the classes I've been in, in all the discussions of Steinbeck's work or dicussions of stories of WWII, I've never heard of this book. When I stumbled upon it in my local used book shop I couldn't help wondering why it was new to me. I figured it must just be a terrible book, unworthy of attention, a rare Steinbeck failu [...]

    21. This little novella was written in 1942 as a work of propaganda to assist the Allied war effort. At the time Steinbeck came under some criticism for portraying the Germans (the conquerors were not actually identified as German in the book itself) too sympathetically, in contrast to the more virulent and crude propaganda that tried to demonize them. After the war, the work was more universally praised when it became apparent that it had greatly encouraged the resistance in Nazi-occupied countries [...]

    22. This is filled with ironic humor. Line after line after line. Or is my brain twisted?!Isn't it kind of funny that the value of propaganda, which is what this was when it was originally written in 1942, all depends on which side you stand? Propaganda is usually seen as "bad literature". Not here. This is the first time I have read propaganda that gets its message across through humor, and it is good! Here is a little background information: enpedia/wiki/The_Moon********************On completion:I [...]

    23. " إن الأحرار لا يمكن أن يبدءوا حربا ، ولكن ما إن تبدأ الحرب حتى يقاتلوا ولو وقعت بهم الهزيمة . أما قطعان الناس الذين ينساقون لزعيم واحد ، فلا يمكن أن يفعلوا هذا ومن ثم فإن القطعان هم الذين يفوزن دائما في المعارك والأشتباكات أما الأحرار فهم الذين يفوزون في نهاية الحرب ! "

    24. Withdrawn from Llanilltud Fawr English Department. No dedication.Opening: By ten-forty-five it was all over. The town was occupied, the defenders defeated, and the war finished. HATTIP: It was Melki reading this a short while ago that sent me ferreting out my copy. I couldn't help but see Klaus Kinski in the rôle of Tonder.Uplifting read and suddenly I want to make millions of little blue parachutes to help those beleagured females in America who would prefer an abortion without the Victorian s [...]

    25. Tämä klassikkokirja ilmestyi Yhdysvalloissa vuonna 1942. Kirjan avulla kirjailija halusi vastustaa fasismia. Kirjahan oli kiellettyjen listalla kaikkialla missä natsit olivat vallassa. Italiassa sai kuolemantuomion, jos piti kirjaa hallussaan. Tämä kirja oli suosituin propagandakirja natsien valloittamissa maissa ja levisi ns. maanalaisesti kaikkialle. Kirjan tarina on kuin suoraan norjalaisesta tv-sarjasta Miehitetty, paitsi miehittäjinä olivat natsit ja halusivat kaiken hiilentuotannon, [...]

    26. Bu küçük fakat anlam yüklü kitap; minik kıvılcımların nasıl olup da büyük yangınlara dönüşebileceğinin güzel bir özeti niteliğinde.

    27. This was a quick little bit of agitprop from one of my favorite authors. It's short and reads a lot like a play--apparently by design--and has an interesting history. But I wasn't very invested until the very end. The simple reminder that "herd men" win battles but independent minded people win wars is a helpful and hopeful one to remember.

    28. Steinbeck wrote this novel in support of the occupied territories of Europe during WWII. The novel centers on the invasion of an unnamed Northern European country (like Norway) by unnamed conquerors (like the Germans), and reads almost like a play. In fact, it was later adapted for the theater by Steinbeck himself. Its atmosphere of staunch socio-political defiance reminded me of Ibsen's 'An Enemy of the People'. It's not perfect; the setting and some of the conversations could have been better, [...]

    29. «Sì, te ne sei ricordato. Il debito sarà pagato»Apparentemente una storia semplice, in realtà in poche pagine e con dialoghi essenziali Steinbeck, attraverso le figure indimenticabili del sindaco Orden e del dottor Winter, ci impartisce una splendida lezione di dignità e integrità morale.Una storia di resistenza, ispirata ad un fatto realmente accaduto in Norvegia durante la seconda guerra mondiale, che mette un intero paese invaso dal nemico (nazista, si intuisce anche se non è detto es [...]

    30. This is the first "obscure" John Steinbeck I've read and it wasn't on my radar until a week ago. This is totally out of Steinbeck's typical wheelhouse of the working class in California during the 1930s. This book was used as propaganda in the Second World War and the Nazis threatened to (and probably did) kill people who were found with copies of this book. It was copied in secret and garnered some criticism for making the invaders "human."I found this book fascinating. It's set up as a caution [...]

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