Thursday, January 26, 2017

Review: The Moon Is Down

The Moon Is Down The Moon Is Down by John Steinbeck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This short novel was used world-wide in a propaganda campaign to show the effects of an invasion by an unnamed army upon a conquered people. It was published in 1942 at the zenith of Nazi Germany's power and had an extraordinary impact as Allied propaganda. The story shows the power of ideas in the face of brutal force.

Despite efforts by the Nazis and the Fascists, it was secretly translated into French, Norwegian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, German, Iranian and Russian.

Because of the current American political atmosphere, I found it particularly interesting to read how some people, even while questioning internally, follow blindly the ideas put forth by their leaders.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Review: Commonwealth

Commonwealth Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the story of how six children are affected when divorce splits their families. It begins at a christening party for Franny Keating and ends more than fifty years later. In presenting each person's story, Patchett intertwines his/her involvement with others throughout the years. This is a compelling book because of its truthfulness in recognizing that life decisions are never simple, and that happiness is often elusive.







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