Book Review : The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck

I first read The Moon is Down over a year ago and something about it’s simplicity in tackling such a profound subject was very moving. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck tells the story of village being invaded and it’s effects on the everyday lives of the people. Put in such plain terms, it almost feels like a text-book but it is much more faceted and colourful. It has humour, it has personalities and above all it shows human frailty and integrity.



The book starts of with amusing seemingly ordinary ¬†lives of people in the village. It’s almost like a close knit family loving and bickering at the same time. When the invasion first occurs, chaos ensues as one might imagine; what does one really do when an army rolls down your street and tells you to surrender?

After a while, the oppression continues and the narration changes, the amusing characters turn serious and even hostile. They despair at the living they are being subjected too. You also get a look into the minds of the soldiers, also villagers back home and bored out of their minds.

What I really like about the book despite it being a very simple and predictable story, is the way it’s told. The writing itself has an emotion which turns sour as the conditions change.

I’ve read this book more than once and it’s the type I can go back to again and again.



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