The Moon Is Down

Version: Unabridged
Author: John Steinbeck
Narrator: George Guidall
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature, Classics
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: June 2011
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

Originally published at the zenith of Nazi Germany's power, Steinbeck's fable "The Moon Is Down" explores the effects of invasion on both the conquered and the conquerors. Occupied by enemy troops, a small, peaceable town comes face-to-face with evil imposed from the outside and betrayal from within the close-knit community. As he delves into the motivations and emotions of the enemy, Steinbeck uncovers profound and often unsettling truths both about war and human nature.

Reviews (2)

Setting moon

Written by Kathy on November 9th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I completely understand what Steinbeck was trying to do with this book (perhaps it is more a novella than a novel). He made outstanding points about the human spirit, and what freedom is, and what it is like to live under a conquering regime. But I did not understand the last exchange between the mayor and the doctor - the reference was just too obscure. I listened to the last few tracks a couple of times and I still didn't get the significance

There is Truth in Here

Written by Albert from Annapolis, MD on October 25th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

It was a real pleasure to hear Steinbeck's clear, concise writing expertly narrated. I think Steinbeck poses an interesting question. Who are conquered and who are the conquerors? Steinbeck's characters are three dimensional. They ring true. I recommend this book very highly.

Author Details

Author Details

Steinbeck, John

John Ernst Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, on February 27, 1902 of German and Irish ancestry. His father, John Steinbeck, Sr., served as the County Treasurer while his mother, Olive (Hamilton) Steinbeck, a former school teacher, fostered Steinbeck's love of reading and the written word. During summers he worked as a hired hand on nearby ranches, nourishing his impression of the California countryside and its people.

After graduating from Salinas High School in 1919, Steinbeck attended Stanford University. Originally an English major, he pursued a program of independent study and his attendance was sporadic. During this time he worked periodically at various jobs and left Stanford permanently in 1925 to pursue his writing career in New York. However, he was unsuccessful in getting any of his writing published and finally returned to California.

His first novel, Cup of Gold was published in 1929, but attracted little attention. His two subsequent novels, The Pastures of Heaven and To a God Unknown, were also poorly received by the literary world.

Steinbeck married his first wife, Carol Henning in 1930. They lived in Pacific Grove where much of the material for Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row was gathered. Tortilla Flat (1935) marked the turning point in Steinbeck's literary career. It received the California Commonwealth Club's Gold Medal for best novel by a California author. Steinbeck continued writing, relying upon extensive research and his personal observation of the human condition for his stories. The Grapes of Wrath (1939) won the Pulitzer Prize.

During World War II, Steinbeck was a war correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune. Some of his dispatches were later collected and made into Once There Was a War.

John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 “...for his realistic as well as imaginative writings, distinguished by a sympathetic humor and a keen social perception.”

Throughout his life John Steinbeck remained a private person who shunned publicity. He died December 20, 1968, in New York City and is survived by his third wife, Elaine (Scott) Steinbeck and one son, Thomas. His ashes were placed in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Salinas.