A Bell for Adano

A Bell for Adano

Book - 1988 | 1st Vintage Books ed.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1988, ©1971.
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed.
ISBN: 9780833502124
0833502123
9780394756950
0394756959
Branch Call Number: FIC HERSEY
Characteristics: vii, 269 pages ; 21 cm.

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JLMason
Nov 23, 2010

This reads like a screenplay from one of those 1940's war time propaganda films. It's got the tough but benevolent US major who brings American democractic values to the simple folk of an Sicilian town recently liberated from the fascists. It's got the stereotyped Italians, a few ignorant Americans like the general responsible for the territory, and lots of feel good stories. Apparently it was made into a film in 1946. I don't know how it won the Pulitzer; must have been a thin year.

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neonbacalao
Sep 25, 2010

I enjoyed this book - the characters were believable, the descriptions vivid, and the plot moved along at a good pace. I found that the author painted a very good picture of the main characters so that the reader really came to admire him in most aspects, but he still had his flaws which kept him human. Overall a solid read.

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