The Moon Is Down

MoonJohn Steinbeck

First Sentence:     By ten-forty-five it was all over.

Back of the book:

Originally published at the zenith of Nazi Germany’s power, The Moon Is Down explores the effects of invasion on both the conquered and the conquerors. Occupied by enemy troops, a small, peaceable town comes face-to-face with evil imposed from the outside and betrayal from within the close-knit community. As he delves into the motivations and emotions of the enemy, Steinbeck uncovers profound and often unsettling truths both about war and human nature.

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Last Sentence:     “The debt shall be paid.”