Books: Viewpoint of Victory

THE MOON IS DOWN-John Steinbeck—Viking ($2).

"By ten-forty-five it was all over. The town was occupied, the defenders defeated, and the war finished." With these brisk, matter-of-fact words John Steinbeck begins his brisk, matter-of-fact account of the conquest of a nameless country, resembling Norway, by an invading force, resembling the Nazis. The Moon Is Down is Steinbeck's first important work of fiction since The Grapes of Wrath (1939), and the most resolute and dramatic piece of propaganda that has come out of World War II.

Like Of Mice and Men, this book could be made...

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