A Bell for Adano

A Bell for Adano

Book - 1988
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Random House, Inc.
This classic novel and winner of the Pulitzer Prize tells the story of an Italian-American major in World War II who 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. Although stituated during one of the most devastating experiences in human history, John Hersey's story speaks with unflinching patriotism and humanity.

Baker & Taylor
An American major attempts to rebuild ravaged Italian town during the World War II occupation

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1988, c1971.
ISBN: 9780606037280
Characteristics: vii, 269 p. ; 20 cm.


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Nov 23, 2010

This reads like a screenplay from one of those 1940's war time propaganda films. It's got the tough but benevolent US major who brings American democractic values to the simple folk of an Sicilian town recently liberated from the fascists. It's got the stereotyped Italians, a few ignorant Americans like the general responsible for the territory, and lots of feel good stories. Apparently it was made into a film in 1946. I don't know how it won the Pulitzer; must have been a thin year.

neonbacalao Sep 25, 2010

I enjoyed this book - the characters were believable, the descriptions vivid, and the plot moved along at a good pace. I found that the author painted a very good picture of the main characters so that the reader really came to admire him in most aspects, but he still had his flaws which kept him human. Overall a solid read.


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