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A Bell for Adano by John Hersey

A Bell for Adano (1944)

by John Hersey

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I read it a long time ago. I don't remember it well enough to rate it.
  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
This was lovely and still relevant over 60 years later. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
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. ( )
  Sheila1957 | Aug 7, 2016 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Many books exist about the battles, but i have never read about what comes after the fighting. This is about the small seaside Italian town of Adano, recently liberated by the Allies, Americans in particular, and the American Army Major empowered with restoring a sense of order as a temporary occupier. But this one has a really good soul, and he cares deeply, and dives right in going beyond that; to re-establish justice, a sense of peace and happiness and a sense of community. The quirky locals, the military bureaucracy, the Major's honest character, the local way of life, the inter-branch military rivalries, and the strangeness of citizens forced into Fascism sent to fight against freedom and end up losing and becoming free, all tossed together to make this a very charming story. I enjoyed the simple style, the almost short-story chapter setup and the underlying sense of hope throughout this not entirely happy tale. Thank you Mr. Hersey. ( )
  jeffome | Mar 21, 2016 |
The town of Adano has had its church bell stolen by the Nazi's who melt it down for bullets... The American troops come into town and do their best to restore peace to the little town as WW II rages around them.

A realistic story of war and humanity. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
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Invasion has come to the town of Adano.
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Knopf 1965 Old library book without cover. Red
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An Italian-American major in World War II 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.

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An Italian-American major, part of American occupation forces in Sicily during World War II, tries to reform the town in his charge by being decent to people. His efforts are epitomized by his efforts to replace the 700-year-old bell melted down for bullets by the fascists.… (more)

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