VOL. 17 APRIL, 1942 No. 7
THE MOON IS I)OWN, by Jo01 Steinbeck.
Publication of a book by John Steinbeck is a major literary event. His rapid
rise as a novelist may be directly attributed to his continuing maturity as an artist
and to his deepening understanding of his fellowmen. Each of his books has been
a distinct advance over its predecessor. Here he weds the compassion that mark-
ed Of Mice and lMen with the drama that surged through Grapes of Wrath.
It is a tale that tells simply but movingly how a freedom-loving people fight
against an invader who conquers by treachery and rules by terror. A simple
man, the mayor of a tiny village, becomes the chief protagonist of the drama
after he recovers from his early confusion over defeat and moves with quiet
determination to uphold his belief in the strength and eventual victory of the
people. "The people," he says, "don't like to be conquered. . and so they will
not be. Free men can not start a war but once it is started they can fight on in
defeat. Herdmen. followers of a leader, can not do this, and so it is always the
herdmen who win battles and the free men who win wars." Such a book as this
is one to be read and long to be remembered.
WHAT BECAME OF THE CHILDREN
PIED PIPER, by Nevil Shute.
Do you remember the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, who, after ridding
the plague-stricken city of rats, piped away all the children of Hamelin because
the mayor wouldn't give him the agreed reward? Nevil Shute's Pied Piper is very
different from the malignant one immortalized by Browning. He is a gentle,
aristocratic, elderly Englishman, who by a curious chain of circumstances, makes
himself responsible for getting an ever-increasing group of children out of
But like a worried and benevolent sort of Pied Piper, he collected children
everywhere he stopped. First there were the little English boy and girl, whose
parents, active in the League at Geneva, had begged the old gentleman to take
Ronnie and Sheila with him. Then there was la petite Rose, and then-but it
would be a shame to spoil the terrific suspense which Mr. Shute creates as the
lovable old hero and his charges push northward straight into the hands of the
With all the horror that must necessarily be a part of such a book, Mr. Shute
has managed to use a light touch, just as Howard tried to keep the full horror of
the situation from his children. And he succeeds so well that at the end you are
not depressed, but hopeful, and determined that a better day for children shall
come-and come soon.
Published monthly from October to June by the Hamilton Smith Library, of the University of New Hamp-
shire. Entered as second-class matter October 10, 1927, at the post office at Durham, New Hampshire, under
the act of August 24, 1912.
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ROBERT AND CLARA SCHUMANN
SPRING SYMPHONY, by Eleanor Painter.
Fact has provided Eleanor Painter with a plot which few novelists could
rival. An admittedly handsome hero; a lovely heroine; a villain-in the person of
the heroine's father-unsurpassed in fiction; a forbidden courtship; and finally the
triumphant climax of their marriage-these elements make up the story of Robert
and Clara Schumann. You will find plenty of famous names here besides those
of the chief characters. Not the least among them are Robert's two friends,
Frederic Chopin, the romantic Pole, and charming lovable Felix Mendelssohn, the
idol of all Europe. But it is mainly the story of Robert and Clara, and the great
work they did in music. Her contribution in making his music better known
is perhaps less important than his music itself and the incalculable help he gave
to the Romantic School with his writing of intelligent music criticism.
ABOVE SUSPICION, by Helen lMclm7es.
A couple of amateur spys at work trying to upset some of the Nazis' daring
schemes, and succeeding; treasure hunts up and down mountain sides; romance,
thrills and dangers-all help make up Helen McInnes' latest novel Above Suspicion.
Dealing with the present war this story gives a clear and vivid interpretation of
life in Europe. A young English couple, having planned a vacation on the con-
tinent, is requested while there to fulfill a mission for England. What happens
to their plans, how they succeed and what they achieve-all add up to one of the
most pleasing stories one may read.
A DELICIOUS BIT OF FUN
MR. LIMPET, by Theodore Pratt.
Mr. Limpet was an insignificant little bookkeeper in New York City. One
day he fell into the Atlantic and was transformed into a fish! But no ordinary
fish was Mr. Limpet. He could see, because he had retained his eyeglasses, he
could hear, and he could talk.
Through an old newspaper floating around the ocean, Mr. Limpet discovered
that America had gone to war with the Germans. He had difficulty persuading
the skeptical Navy to make use of his special abilities, but soon he became the
best submarine scout in the forces. He helped the Royal Navy a while; had a
transatlantic telephone conversation with Hitler; practically ruined the tourist
trade of Florida; met a lovely lady fish; and worried about his wife, Bessie. You'll
chuckle over the oceanic adventures of Limpet, First Lieutenant of the United
States Navy, if you please!
HISTORY OF AVIATION
AIRWAYS, by Henry Ladd Smith.
For everybody interested in aviation, here is a new book called Airways.
It covers the history of commercial aviation from the very first to the present.
The book is much like a very complete diary of the life of the airplane. Pictures
show the outstanding people and events. They also show the plane as it grew
from the early creation made of bamboo and piano wire to the huge stream-lined
Douglas DC-4's which carry passengers today.
This book would be excellent as a reference tool. The appendix contains
the first airmail law with amendments, a list of all airlines in the United States
and the development of each, a chart of air mail routes, a chronology of aviation
development since 1796, a bibliography of material on aviation, reference notes
on the book, and finally a very good index.
SIGRID UNDSET'S PERSONAL STORY
RETURN TO THE FUTURE, by Sigrid Undset.
Mmne. Undset, the eminent Norwegian novelist, writes for us a vivid account
of her country's invasion. She writes with a keen insight and deep understanding
of her people that is nothing short of heart-warming when contrasted with the
factual and somewhat superficial accounts whipped up by foreign correspondents.
Certainly the first chapter of her book -" \1.r i, Spring 1940" sets the tempo
of her work. It would be difficult to find anywhere in contemporary literature
a more excellent piece of writing about Norway in springtime and everything
that Norway has struggled for in the past. It is a picture of a people who had
become peaceful. Mme. Undset no doubt expresses the feeling and the indomi-
table courage of her people in this book.
FOUR YEARS IN PARADISE, by Osa Johnson.
"It lies away out in the blue, a good thousand mile trek from Mairobi, in
British East Africa. It is Paradise, literally as well as figuratviely, and if it were
charted it would appear on the maps as Lake Paradise. And I know of no place
in all the world that better deserves the name . .", so said the late Martin John-
son, explorer. That Osa Johnson shared her husband's enthusiasm is evidenced in
this book written about their four years spent there. It was in 1924 that the
Johnsons returned to their Eden, with the idea in mind to "shoot" wild animals,
not with gun. but with camera. Mrs. Johnson w-rites of the difficult journey, the
tedious task of building a jungle home, and the dangers encountered in photo-
graphing the wild animals in their native haunts.
MORE POWER TO RUSSIA
HITLER CANNOT CONQUER RUSSIA, by Maurice Hindus.
A few months ago it was the general opinion that the German Army would
go through Russia like a hot knife goes through butter. But time is upholding
Mr. Hindus' statement and making the rest of us reconsider. The author bases
his beliefs on the Russian peasant's great love of the earth, Russian guerilla war-
fare, and the fact that the Russian people know that Hitler can offer them
In 1939, when the Nazi-Bolshevik pact was signed, Maurice Hindus was one
of the few who foresaw the coming battle between Russia and Germany. Here
he has gathered all the facts which explain the miracle of the present Russian
resistance, and why he thinks that Hitler has bitten off more than he can chew.
MAKING OF A NAZI
EDUCATION FOR DEATH, by Gregor Ziemer.
Here is an inside glimpse of the German educational machine by which
Hitler molds boys and girls from infancy into fanatical fighters for Nazi world
conquest. The Party first takes an interest in the child before it is born; and it
never relaxes its interest until it is dead. Thirty pages in Mein Kampf are devoted
to the education of boys; seven lines to the education of girls. The German
youth are taught to live to die, to yearn to die, for their beloved savior and fuhrer,
Most of the material in this book is not new. It is the presentation that
makes it so powerful. Everyone must read it to realize that now, more than ever,
we must make our educational system one for life, one for democracy. The de-
feating of Hitler's armies will not destroy Naziism. What is to be done about
the re-education of the youth Hitler is now so meticulously training?
ON THE PACIFIC FRONT
CROSS WINDS OF EMPIRE. by IVoodbern E. Remington.
With incisive strokes Mr. Remington portrays the people of the Far East
who are so extraordinarily mixed, and so much at the mercy of the winds of
changing empire. His book considers all the factors, economic, political, inter-
national, religious, and social in the situation of Malaysia. In every instance he
points out the importance of the human element in dealing with this complex
situation. He gives special stress to the Philippines whose scheduled independence
he opposed on the grounds that they were not ready for it economically and
would only be absorbed by Japan. The author has taken a view of the future
prior to the declaration of war by Japan, and he has given us a glimpse that is
clear-headed and vigorous.
WIESTWIARD THE COURSE! by Paul zlcQuire.
Paul McQuire, critic, lecturer, political economist, and citizen of Australia,
has given us a historic guide to that fabulous world of Oceania which is rapidly
slipping into the hands of the Japanese-and which must be regained. This book
should be of vital importance to everyone. It is the rediscovery of the great
world in the southwestern Pacific-a world which none of us knew enough about
until the Japanese attack on Honolulu on December 7. Then every one of us
was shocked out of his general apathy to a sudden realization of the vital impor-
tance of Australia, New Zealand, the Dutch East Indies, and British Malaya.
Besides giving us an account of the vast wealth of the southwestern Pacific
islands, Paul McGuire also gives us the fascinating history of the romantic past
and he looks ahead into the practical future. No doubt the Japanese had been
doing the same thing. Read this book. It is a basic background book covering
the entire vast region in the southwestern Pacific.
INTRODUCING AUSTRALIA, by C. Hartley Grattan.
Here is a book everyone should read. Mr. Grattan, America's foremost
authority on Australia, has written an authoritative account of its history, politics,
industry, agriculture, labor situation, and cultural life as well as its part in the two
World Wars and its orientation in world affairs. Australia's importance to Amer-
ica has been rapidly increasing, and now in this global war it is of vital impor-
tance. This comprehensive and up-to-date work is one you will x, ant to read to
learn more about Australia and Australians.
SAILING THE SULU SEA, by David Potter.
This tale of the belles and bandits in the Philippines occurs when these islands
were in the care of General Arthur MacArthur, the father of our hero, General
Douglas MacArthur. The author, now Rear Admiral S.C.U.S.N., was then a
Lieutenant J. G. of the U. S. gunboat Manila, which was patrolling the Sulu Sea
in 1899 and 1900. The officers and crew of this gunboat had an adventurous and
dangerous patrol. They quelled rebellions, captured pirates and mutineers, estab-
lished a lighthouse and twNo days later had to rescue its keepers from escaped
Spanish convicts. Once they fought off over 300 wild Moros while their ship
was aground the Sibutu Reef! They took over the government of Surigao in the
name of the United States and were introduced to a delightfully quaint Spanish
custom at an enforced dance. Learn a little about the colorful background of the
country for which Douglas MacArthur battled so furiously.