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"Free men cannot start a war, but once it is started, they can fight on in defeat." This compelling, dignified and moving novel was inspired by and based upon the Nazi invasion of neutral Norway. Set in an imaginary European mining town, it shows what happens when a ruthless totalitarian power is up against an occupied democracy with an overwhelming desire to be free.

©1942; 1970 John Steinbeck; Elaine A Steinbeck, Thom Steinbeck, John Steinbeck IV (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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I like it a lot!

I have listened to and read this book several times. It gives me hope during dark times like 2020.

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my new all-time favorite

riveting from the opening paragraph to the closing line with no let downs between. perfect book, both in story and in writing style, read perfectly by Guidall. I can't believe this is the same author who wrote Grapes of Wrath, which I put down after a few chapters out of boredom... this book is nothing like Grapes.

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A Village Resists the Nazis

Classic tale of WW2 partisan resistance to a Nazi invader. Well written and performed flawlessly

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A beautiful piece of propaganda!

This year I determined to read the classics -- and that gave me the gift of reading John Steinbeck! Now I am on a mission to read everything he has written. I will tell you right up front -- I love Steinbeck. This is my 8th book of his that I have read in less than two months. I like the attention he gives to every detail when describing his characters and settings. I love the simplicity with which he writes. I love that he can describe the worst of life but make it a beautiful exploration of social norms and values. And I think I also really like him -- not the author, the person. I like how much he desired to know people. I like his views on how we treat one another. I like him. So, my review may be biased. :)

This book was written for a purpose: to encourage people to stand up to evil and oppression. And it actually served that purpose. During WWII it was a best seller in many places, including France. And it was banned by the Germans. And now, 70 years later it stands up to the test of time. It should still remind us all not to allow a tyrant in; that when the tyrant takes control we should not stay silent; that we should always use our voices and our talents to object to the things we see that are evil or wrong.

In the early 1980s, during the cold war, I served in the USAF. I was taught a lot about the evils of propaganda. I was taught about the hatred it spews. I was taught about its inherent vices. But I never saw an example of a positive and beautiful piece of propaganda. Until now.

Having shared all my raves you may wonder why I didn't give the book 5 stars. I think there are two reasons. First, I am comparing it to The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men and Travels with Charley and it isn't quite as good. Second, I hated the ending. It felt like I was missing at least one chapter. It felt like a non-ending. Some may like this aspect, but I hated it and it resulted in the loss of one star.

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Such a welcome message

This book was written long ago, but how welcome it is today. I enjoyed the sheer pleasure of Steinbeck's writing.

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Freedom vs Tyranny written lightly and effectively

Every young man and woman should read this and Steinbeck's other books. Freedom can never be stopped.

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Holds its own as Steinbeck

Steinbeck puts his indelible stamp of studying humans being human on World War II historical fiction.

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Great Performance of a Timeless Classic

George Guidall is a master narrator, and his performance of this treasure of a little book makes for a compelling tale to the ears. A word of advice, plan your listen carefully.... Steinbeck's ability to tell a story is powerful!

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Some people never get this.

A great examination about what freedom truly is, even in 2022. The Ukraine shall prevail.

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I have no idea what this book was going for

I was totally riveted until the end and I have no idea how I feel afterward. I kind of liked everyone. I guess that’s just war. Everything sucks.