New PDF release: A Bell for Adano

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 were melted down for bullets via the fascists. even though stituated in the course of essentially the most devastating stories in human background, John Hersey's tale speaks with unflinching patriotism and humanity.

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Our armies are on their way in. Just as truly as Europe once invaded us, with wave after wave o f immigrants, now we are invading Europe, with wave after wave o f sons o f immigrants. Until there is a seeming stability in Europe, our armies and our after-armies will have to stay in Europe. Each American who stays may very well be extremely dependent on a Joppolo, not only for language, but for wisdom and justice and the other things we think we have to offer Europeans. Therefore I beg you to get to know this man Joppolo well.

Major Joppolo was pleased with Ribaudo for not trying to lie about his illegal entry and repatriation. He said: “Okay, I’ll hire you. ” “Yes, but there’ll be other Americans here who don’t, and I may need you for other things, too. ” “No, we’re in Italy, I’ll call you Giuseppe here. Just two things now, Giuseppe. You’ve got to be honest with me; if you’re not, you’ll be in bad trouble. ” “Oh sure, a boss. ” “Food, a boss. Food is a bad now in Adano. ” “No, everyone been a scared. Baker don’t a work, nobody sell a pasta, water don’t a come in a carts.

He took up his brief case again, reached in and pulled out a pile of proclamations. He took them over to the table by the door, set the leftover maps and photos aside, and arranged the proclamations in order on the table. While he was on his way back to his desk, there was a knock on the door. “Come in,” he said in Italian. The door opened. A man came in whose appearance was vaguely familiar to Major Joppolo. The Major realized later that he had seen, not this man, but several who looked just like him, in bad American movies.

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