A Bell for Adano by John Hersey

By John Hersey

This vintage novel and winner of the Pulitzer Prize tells the story of an Italian-American significant in global warfare II who wins the affection and admiration of the neighborhood townspeople while he searches for a alternative for the 700-year-old city bell that have been melted down for bullets via the fascists. even supposing stituated in the course of essentially the most devastating studies in human background, John Hersey's tale speaks with unflinching patriotism and humanity.

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The files had not been emptied or even disturbed. “Good,” said Borth, “lists of names, every one registered and all their records. ” The Major said: “What a difference between my office and these others. ” When the two went back into the big office there was an Italian there. He had evidently been hiding in the building. He was a small man, with a shiny linen office coat on, with his collar buttoned but no tie. The small Italian gave the Fascist salute and with an eager face said in Italian: “Welcome to the Americansl Live Roosevelt) How glad I am that you have arrived.

But the others will read, Fatta. They will learn that the Americans are our friends. They will learn of the changes. They will know what to do. They will avoid the punishments. For them, Adano will be a new town, and life will be different. For you, it will be the same. You will do wrong, and you will be punished. Adano will still be a place of fear. “Look at the lazy Fatta, peoplel Do not be like him. Read the proclamations. ” And Mercurio Salvatore moved the drum around behind him and marched off to the several other places convenient for shouting, and in his own way he told the people about the changes which were to come.

You are my usher. Giuseppe, you may stay. ” Craxi mentioned the kissing again, and turned to go. When the others had gone, Major Joppolo said to Father Pensovecchio: “Father, I wish to tell you that the Americans want to bring only good to this town. As in every nation, there are some bad men in America. It is possible that some Americans who come here will do bad things. ” Major Joppolo said: “Thank you. ” Major Joppolo said: “Therefore I should like to ask a favor of you. You must feel perfectly free to refuse me if you wish.

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