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 international warfare II who wins the affection and admiration of the neighborhood townspeople while he searches for a substitute for the 700-year-old city bell that were melted down for bullets via the fascists. even supposing stituated in the course of essentially the most devastating studies in human historical past, John Hersey's tale speaks with unflinching patriotism and humanity.

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I wanted to send my bell. But the Monsignor would not permit it. The Monsignor is the uncle of the Mayor. ” The priest said: “This bell was the center of the town. All life revolved around it. The farmers in the country were wakened by it in the morning, the drivers of the carts knew when to start by it, the bakers baked by it, even we in the churches depended on that bell more than our own bells. ” Borth said: “It’s ridiculous. There are lots of things more important than this bell. ” And he said then in Italian: “Thank you for telling me about the bell.

Baker don’t a work, nobody sell a pasta, water don’t a come in a carts. ” But before Giuseppe could answer this question, there were two simultaneous knocks on the door, one strong, and one weak. ” Giuseppe was at least eager. ” Giuseppe hurried down the long room and opened the door. Two men almost tumbled in. Both were well dressed, and had neckties on. One of them was quite old. The other was very fat and looked forty. They hurried down the room, and each seemed anxious not to let the other get ahead of him.

The spirit is more important than the stomach. The bell was of our spirit. It was of our history. It was hung on the tower by Pietro of Aragona. ” Craxi said in Italian: “People who are very hungry have a ringing in their ears. ” Craxi said: “People with malaria also have a ringing in their ears. ” The Major said in Italian: “We have no time for this recital. ” Craxi said: “I have spoken. ” Cacopardo said: “The bell must be taken care of at once. The bell did not warn us of this invasion, or we would have been in the streets with flowers to welcome you.

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