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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of The Realistic Fiction Novel, The Moon Is Down.

An American writer, John Steinbeck wrote the novel The Moon is Down and Viking Press published this book in 1942. They turned the novel into a theatre script and Steinbeck received a prestigious award named the Norwegian King Haakon VII Freedom Cross. This book appeared in at least 92 editions across the world. This novel also changed into a film format, directed by Irving Pichel.

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Author:  John Steinbeck

Genre:  Realistic Fiction

Page:  188

Good reads rating:  3.89 of 5

My Rating:  7.8 of 10

Published:  1942

Publisher:  The Viking Press

Language:  English

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Review and Summary of The Moon Is Down by John Steinbeck.

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The title of the book evolved from the famous Shakespear play Macbeth. The author took it from the Act II, scene I. This scene described the episode where Banquo asked his son about the moon, while Macbeth was on his way to kill the king Duncan and his son replied, “The moon is down; I have not heard the clock.”

The novel displays a small coastal town overrun by an army with little resistance. The town comprises a large coal mine who democratically elected a Mayor named, Orden. The invading battalion along with their staff established their headquartered in the mayor’s house, with their leader named Colonel Lanser. The bleak weather and snowfall made the inhabitants irritated and depressed.

The leader of the invading team tried to calm the inhabitants by force, but with no success. They attempted to force a free man, Alexander Morden, to work in the mine. The man attacked Captain Loft with a pickaxe and while Captain Bentick attempts to help; they kill him. After a trial, the firing squad execute Morden. This incident made the people united, and they all wanted revenge. The path linking the mine and the port became damaged; the machinery broke, the power supply short-circuited and last but not the least, whenever a soldier relaxed his guard they kill him.

Mayor Orden stood by his people. He tried to explain to Colonel Lanser the forceful methods make the people more aggressive. The cold weather and the frightened people wanted everything to end. They realised the futility of the war. The people of the township area escaped to England and asked the English people for their support and explosives. English aeroplane parachutes dropped small packages of dynamite sticks and chocolates all around the town.

The invading force became frightened and took the mayor and his friend, Dr Winter, in their custody. They warned the people and said they will kill if any more rebellions happen. The mayor asked his people not to stop with the rebellion.

Final Say on the Reality Fiction Novel, The Moon Is Down.

This novel presented one of the author’s best books and reflected his thoughts and ideas about war. The author explained if an entity or person removes another individual’s freedom, this leads to conflict. I rate this book 7.8 out of 10. Would I re-read the book? Yes. am I glad I read it? Yes.

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