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A Bell for Adano
     

A Bell for Adano

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by John Hersey
 

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A BELL FOR ADANO was John Hersey's first novel and won a Pulitzer Prize. It tells the story of an Italian village during WW II, liberated by American forces and then administered by them. The story fits the traditional view Americans take of themselves--tough hombres, but with hearts of gold.

If this book is reminiscent of times past, it nevertheless holds up to us

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A BELL FOR ADANO was John Hersey's first novel and won a Pulitzer Prize. It tells the story of an Italian village during WW II, liberated by American forces and then administered by them. The story fits the traditional view Americans take of themselves--tough hombres, but with hearts of gold.

If this book is reminiscent of times past, it nevertheless holds up to us the ideal that our fighting men have carried with them into battle through most of the history of this nation.

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"A well-written, funny, and, at times, serious and deeply disturbing story . . . dogmatically recommended."  —The New Yorker

"The picturs of the place and the people are masterly, rich in humor and humanity and utter conviction." —Christian Science Monitor

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560542667
Publisher:
Macmillan Library Reference
Publication date:
11/09/1992
Edition description:
Large print ed
Pages:
386

Meet the Author

John Hersey was born in Tientsin, China, in 1914 and lived there until 1925, when his family returned to the United States. He studied at Yale and Cambridge, served for a time as Sinclair Lewis’s secretary, and then worked several years as a journalist. Beginning in 1947 he devoted his time mainly to writing fiction. He won the Pulitzer Prize, taught for two decades at Yale, and was president of the Authors League of America and Chancellor of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Hersey died in 1993.

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Bell for Adano 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Sweet story of the American Army in Adano, Italy, as they push the Germans out of Italy. Major Joppolo is the adjutant assigned to restore order to Adano. As he meets the townspeople the one request made most often is for the return of their bell which was taken by the Facists to melt down for bullets. Major Joppolo does what he can for these people. This was a wonderful story of a town and its people. The people were adorable and funny and pains at times. As Major Joppolo deals fairly and justly with these people, he also tries to find their bell. He is able to schmooze with the best of them to get what is needed and what he wants. Even when Americans are at fault he shows the townspeople that his justice extends to his men as well as the townspeople. The ending is bittersweet. I would like to know what happens to both the townspeople and Major Joppolo. They are not characters I will forget for a long time.
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oddball193 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
jms41 More than 1 year ago
This book was a disappointment. Did not finish it.