A Bell for Adano [John Hersey] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This classic novel and winner of the Pulitzer Prize tells the story of an. A Bell for Adano has ratings and reviews. Erika said: stars rounded up. It’s and Victor Joppolo, an American Major, is assigned to o. 27 Jan Then there’s John Hersey’s neglected classic A Bell for Adano. Its credentials as a war novel are certainly bona fide — it’s set during the Allied.

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Others, are so mixed and emotionally q, I don’t know what to think of them, it makes me look deeper, and in a book like a tidal wave of mysteries, that’s hard to do. They are the servants of the people. The book is a little too light and simple by today’s standards; the stereotypes of army personnel including a wdano and insensitive general and the local Italian personalities seem trite.

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Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. That means his awful memory survived at least 35 years. Very adabo and heartwarming! No one is spared, the suits least of all. This is a writer hugely interested in justice as concrete expression of moral principle.


The characters seemed to have the brains of 5-year-olds. To them, the bell was a source of pride and unity.

Between the town folk and the military staff there is much humor, and good feeling coming out of the pages. The war is in its final days to the north, but here, there is conflict of a different kind.

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Hersey created colorful characters and lively authentic dialog, which gave an intriguing pace and many funny moments. Thompson a decade later. A sergeant in the Military Police platoon assigned to garrison Adano; admires the major’s changes to the town. I could definitely see what General Mattis was thinking when it came to assigning this book and how in order to succeed in an effort of this nature, a grand authority that is completely out of touch flr the situation at hand knows very little about that particular situation.

Foor are servants of the people of Adano. Putting all my political treatment aside, this book merits a very good read for anyone who wants a wonderful and charming read. The book is so good that you might remember it forty years later. Hasn’t aged well at all. He has human weaknesses, of course, but Major Joppolo gives the reader a living example of how democracy is supposed to work.

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Our military today may have not read this book, but I understand that General Petraeus is adamo the same kind of soft skills into our military in Iraq and Afghanistan. A Bell for Adano 3. There is a wide assortment of colorful characters, but none of them is a caricature – all are very real people and easy to imagine. I found myself literally laughing out loud!


He pokes a satirical finger at the novel’s General Axano, modeled after the tough, but cruel General Patton. And the incomparable Marilynne Robinson. After another half centuryhow many invasions more?

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adank Around page 50 I changed my mind. If anything the book is a call for more compassion and caring and thoughtfulness toward one another. In honesty, the writing is simple and spare. Joppolo has been assigned as the administrator to small, coastal Adano.

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Joppolo is faced with another problem in fkr he had to countermand the order of General Marvin in order to do what was best for the town. By chapter seven or eight the story is smooth as butter.

The next morning, as the new bell tolls for the first time, Joppolo leaves town to face the music for his actions, unable to bid his friends farewell.

An amazing start to an amazing career, and a war novel admired by both troops and citizens of the time, its low price here makes it a perfect acquisition for Hersey fans, WW2 buffs, and those compiling a collection of Pulitzer-winning first editions. Here are my theories: I thought the beginning of the story seemed forced, especially because the description of characters Borth, for instance, is described as a “wise guy” didn’t match The only reason I picked up this book was that I got it from my grandmother’s library.

The protagonist, Major Victor Joppolo, is the temporary administrator of the city during the occupation and is referred to by the people of Adano as Mister Major. Major Victor Joppolo, the commanding officer in the southern Italian town of Adano shortly after the American invasion, tries to bring American democracy and justice to a town accustomed to fascism. Hersey’s details regarding what takes place is really thought-provoking and he reminds us that war is never fair, whether it be the lives that are lost or the decisions that are made.


This is a wonderful little book, I just loved it. But I love this book and never tire of rereading it. As always there is one villain and without him there is no poignancy to the story. In addition to finding the bell, Joppolo spends time trying to supply the town with food and other necessities. After a while I realized that it wasn’t the readers who were supposed to be children.

It chided those who were angry, it cheered the unhappy ones, it aeano laughed with those who were drunk. He soon discovers that the town has no fish because the fishermen have not gone out in months.