A Bell for Adano by John Hersey

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By John Hersey

This vintage novel and winner of the Pulitzer Prize tells the story of an Italian-American significant in international struggle II who wins the affection and admiration of the neighborhood townspeople whilst he searches for a substitute for the 700-year-old city bell that have been melted down for bullets by way of the fascists. even if stituated in the course of probably the most devastating stories in human historical past, John Hersey's tale speaks with unflinching patriotism and humanity.

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Don’t lose your temper. ” That was the one he wanted. When plans fall down, improvise. Plans for this first day were in the wastebasket. They were absurd. Enough was set forth in those plans to keep a regiment busy for a week. Now Victor Joppolo felt on his own, and he no longer looker tired. He got up briskly, went out onto the balcony and saw that there were two flagpoles there. He went back in, reached in his brief case and pulled out two flags, one American, the other British. He tucked the Union Jack under his arm as he walked out again, felt for the toggles on the American flag, mounted them on the halyard on the left-hand flagpole, and raised the flag.

He was the Amgot officer o f a small Italian town called Adano. He was more or less the American mayor after our invasion. Amgot, as you know, stood for Allied Military Government Occupied Territory. The authorities decided, shortly after the happenings o f this story, that the word Amgot had an ugly Germanic sound, and they heard that the two syllables of the word, when taken separately, were the Turkish words for the male and female genital organs. G. and forget about the Occupied Territory. That was later, though.

He wondered about this off and on during the mass which followed. After mass he left quickly, to avoid the embarrassment he knew would result from mingling too much with the crowd. He took time only to tell Giuseppe that he had a little interpreting for him to do that afternoon, and to look into the face of the blonde. Chapter 4 ON the fifth day of the invasion a babel stood in line in front of the shop of the baker Zapulla. There were many women, mostly dressed in black, and a few men. They talked in loud voices, each clamoring for an audience.

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