A Bell for Adano

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An Italian-American major in World War II wins the love and admiration of the local townspeople when he searches for a replacement for the 700 year-old town bell that had been melted down for bullets by the fascists.

An Italian-American major in Adano in WW II quest ot replace a 700 year old town bell which was melted down for bullets by the fascists.

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Overview

An Italian-American major in World War II wins the love and admiration of the local townspeople when he searches for a replacement for the 700 year-old town bell that had been melted down for bullets by the fascists.

An Italian-American major in Adano in WW II quest ot replace a 700 year old town bell which was melted down for bullets by the fascists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394756950
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1988
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 245,665
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2007

    A Fantastic Pulitzer Prize Winning-novel

    A Bell for Adano by John Hersey is the story of an Americans Major struggling to improve a small Italian town that was greatly affected by attacks in World War II. This book has a descriptive setting and diverse characters, a thick plot that is constantly becoming thicker, and connections that a reader can come across easily. The Pulitzer Prize winning-novel follows the effforts of Major Victor Joppolo, an Amgot officer in the United States Army, as he rebuilds the town. The novel has some very distinct writing styles. Hersey uses the third person omniscient throughout the entire novel, giving the reader and interesting perspective on the story. Another technique is the large amount of chapters. There are some small plots within the book, and they switch from chapter to chapter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2012

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    Impeccable storytelling!

    Despite being written over 60 years ago, this story is immortal for readers or every generation. Classic characters are vividly brought to life and even if they border on sterotypical in some instances, they never the less have an honest, human thread running through all of them. This is an easy read, but still highly enjoyable! It's surprising how such a classic book with such pertinent lessons has not been brought to light with the excitement and earnestness that it deserves.

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  • Posted May 12, 2009

    Not as great asI expected

    This book was a disappointment. Did not finish it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2005

    LIghthearted but culturally and historically significant

    I enjoy historical and cultural fiction - and this character tale set in WWII Italy fits the bill. Love the way Hersey develops his characters I was still chuckling about a few of them for days after I finished the book. It seemed particularly significant now, as the 'Mister Major' talks so eloquently about the differences from a fascist dictatorship to a democracy and how leadership differs in these societies. Seems it will ALWAYS be a timely story, and is a truly enjoyable 'quick read', too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2005

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING THIS BOOK

    I just recently got turned on to reading books by JOHN HERSEY after the completion of Hiroshima.I am a history buff and usually read books of that nature.However I do enjoy a good novel.I knew very little of this author before and I can tell you he is right up there with the greats of Hemmingway,Orwell,Steinbeck and J.D Sallinger.He has become my new favorite author and I am in the process of aquiring all of his books.A BELL FOR ADANO,his first novel, won the PULITZER PRIZE in 1945.You can not go wrong with an author that wins that prestigious of an award his first time writing.A very enjoyable read for readers of all ages. HIGHLY RECCOMENDED YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2002

    I would recommend it for a high school term paper or book report.

    From the back-cover description, I wasn't sure I would like this book. But, its themes go well beyond just the events of the book. It's a lesson in people skills, especially for those in leadership positions. It's very, very easy to read and at 269 pages it's a fast read as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2001

    You will laugh and cry

    This book was both hilarios and moving. You will fall in love with the nutty characters of the tiny town , and the kind general who befriends them. This story also provides a background of Italy at the time of the Fascist regime. Read it.

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    Posted August 11, 2012

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