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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The novel painted a very simplistic view of the world that I had a hard time buying into.

A Bell for Adano Summary –

They are the servants of the people. Then this man comes in as part of the occupation and shows them how decent America can be.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Some answer that the shortage of food is the most pressing problem. The fact that it is foreshadowed right at the beginning does not make it any less sad when it happens.

In attempting to do the right thing, he skillfully works around the egotism and venality of many of his colleagues, but seems to meet his match in the megalomaniacal Gen.

Mar 10, Jane Hoppe rated it it was amazing. There are no more secrets, as Thy Neighbor so artfully demonstrates, and we know so much that it’s hell to kill someone, and deaden us.


He falls in love with a local girl and incurs the enmity of an arrogant American general. Completely wasted my time. Upon his arrival, Joppolo begins assessing what the town needs the most. The main character, Major Victor Joppolo, is the temporary administrator of the town during the occupation and is often referred to by the people of Adano as Mister Major. Jun 23, Anna Gabur rated it it was ok. Meanwhile, the problem is to obtain food and to have produce brought into the town.

A Bell for Adano (novel) – Wikipedia

It was a morale-boosting effort, self-praising by Americans brll tell themselves “this is what we stand for, this is what we are fighting for”.

And certainly military life. I think the novel holds up well today, 74 years after it was written, because the it highlights the ideals of American democracy and the difference one dedicated leader can make in a community. This is a book ror celebrates the big words: Hersey created colorful characters and lively authentic dialog, which gave an intriguing pace and many funny moments. You are servants of the people of Adano.

I too am their servant. The dialogue is at times downright silly.

Mussolini had ordered that the bell be removed from the town and be melted to make weapons for the war. It reminded me of those feel good movies of the decent man in an indecent world.

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The characters were too simple. A Bell for Adano novel by John Hersey. Here are my theories: Aug 28, Raymond Bial rated it it was amazing. Written in the middle of World War Two and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this was just one of the many high points of the fascinating John Hersey’s life, over the course of a long and eventful career. The bell is a great part of this town’s spirit, yet I must say that my bit of criticism is directed in how it is only mentioned a few times within the text.

And it tells how much one person can accomplish if they try. Even if there’s army-navy rivalry, if there are bad apples among the Americans, the newly-arrived victors mean well.

Moral Courage Matters: On John Hersey’s ‘A Bell for Adano’

But now that the Americans have come, we are going to run the town as a democracy. Also, in my opinion WWII is not something to laugh at. Nick sleeps most of the day, then revives himself with DayQuil, Gatorade, Valium, and Xanax before repeating the nocturnal ritual.

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