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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (3 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141395370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141395371
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.8 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

John Steinbeck (1902-68) is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. During the 1930s, his works included The Red Pony, Pastures of Heaven, Tortilla Flat, In Dubious Battle, and Of Mice and Men. The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939, earned him a Pulitzer Prize. In 1962, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.


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In an unnamed country (similar to Norway) during World War II, a German sympathizer lures local men and the town's twelve soldiers into the forest long enough for the Germans to take the town. They occupy the home of the mayor as a sign of their power and commandeer the local coal mine. Mayor Orden has never before been a brave or very forceful man, but he is not a fool, and while he tries to keep order in the town, as the Germans demand, he refuses to use the power of his office to betray the ideals of his people. Soon the locals begin to sabotage everything the Germans can use to prolong the war.
The narrative is dramatic, full of conversation and containing minimal description, which gives it the feeling of a simple morality tale. Steinbeck depicts the German soldiers, at first, as almost bumbling--organized, to be sure, but basically human, showing footsoldiers getting homesick, seeking understanding of the orders they must fulfill, complaining about the weather, and wondering if their mail will arrive on time. Gradually, as Berlin exerts more and more pressure to take out the coal, the German occupiers must impose more drastic measures. Local resistance becomes more violent in response: soldiers disappear and are found dead in snowbanks, small explosions blow up rail lines, and the miners have "accidents" which prevent the coal from being removed. Even the arrest of Mayor Orden and Doctor Winter cannot force the citizens to give in to tyranny.
Though the novel was published in 1942 expressly for "propaganda" in Europe's occupied countries (where it was quickly translated and disseminated secretly), it is a good story which transcends its original purpose and, as a result, it continues to find an audience.
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This is a story of the German occupation of a Norwegian town during WW II,a town important for its coal mines. The German troops don't want to bethere, and the locals don't want them there. The psychologicalinteraction between occupier and occupied is fascinating, and it's clearthat the Germans, treated sympathetically by Steibeck, are the realprisoners. They yearn for their homes, and are deeply stressed by beingstationed in a strange land. Their commander, Col. Lanser, is determinedto avoid the senseless brutality he alone witnessed in the Great War. Butthe free-thinking Norwegians resist, and the Germans, with only a hammerin their toolbox, are forced to hit the nail with ferocity, thus sealingtheir own fate.
It is so tempting to substitute Iraq for Norway, and Oil for Coal, andeven the Iraqi Governing Council for the Norwegian Quislings. To do sogives an insight into the extreme stresses that US and British soldiersmust face daily in their imprisonment in Iraq, and why the level ofviolence seems to be escalating so steadily on both sides.
This book was distributed to resistance fighters throughout Europe, andwas banned in Italy where the penalty for reading it was death. I expectthe present-day occupiers would not be best pleased to see this booktranslated into Arabic and parachuted into Baghdad.
A book as relevant today as it was 60 years ago. Not recommended,however, if you have loved ones serving over there...
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This is a book that was considered so seditious by the Nazis that owning it was punishable by death. This is the book that was illegal during the war and was dropped in to occupied territories by the allies as they flew over. This is the great John Steinbeck at the height of his literary skills. If you have ever doubted what the power of the written word can do then read this book.
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A strange little novel about the invasion of a small European town by a fascist army and the town's subsequent resistance. It reads more like a play than a novel and some vital spark seems to be missing - explained, perhaps, by the fact that this was Steinbeck's 'war effort', a piece of anti-fascist propaganda. However, Steinbeck can't write badly and his characters become engaging as they muse on questions of freedom.
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In an unnamed country (similar to Norway) during World War II, a German sympathizer lures local men and the town's twelve soldiers into the forest long enough for the Germans to take the town. They occupy the home of the mayor as a sign of their power and commandeer the local coal mine. Mayor Orden has never before been a brave or very forceful man, but he is not a fool, and while he tries to keep order in the town, as the Germans demand, he refuses to use the power of his office to betray the ideals of his people. Soon the locals begin to sabotage everything the Germans can use to prolong the war.
The narrative is dramatic, full of conversation and containing minimal description, which gives it the feeling of a simple morality tale. Steinbeck depicts the German soldiers, at first, as almost bumbling--organized, to be sure, but basically human, showing footsoldiers getting homesick, seeking understanding of the orders they must fulfill, complaining about the weather, and wondering if their mail will arrive on time. Gradually, as Berlin exerts more and more pressure to take out the coal, the German occupiers must impose more drastic measures. Local resistance becomes more violent in response: soldiers disappear and are found dead in snowbanks, small explosions blow up rail lines, and the miners have "accidents" which prevent the coal from being removed. Even the arrest of Mayor Orden and Doctor Winter cannot force the citizens to give in to tyranny.
Though the novel was published in 1942 expressly for "propaganda" in Europe's occupied countries (where it was quickly translated and disseminated secretly), it is a good story which transcends its original purpose and, as a result, it continues to find an audience.
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