By John Hersey
This vintage novel and winner of the Pulitzer Prize tells the story of an Italian-American significant in international conflict II who wins the affection and admiration of the neighborhood townspeople while he searches for a substitute for the 700-year-old city bell that were melted down for bullets by way of the fascists. even though stituated in the course of probably the most devastating reports in human heritage, John Hersey's tale speaks with unflinching patriotism and humanity.
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In case you couldn’t recognize authority in the shape of the building, there stood, in embossed bronze letters across the front, the words Palazzo di Città. There was a clock tower on the left hand front comer. On top of the tower there was a metal frame which must have been designed to hold a bell. It was baroque and looked very old. But there was no bell. ”‘ Borth said: “I know you can read Italian. So can I. Don’t translate for Borth. ” The Major said: “If they had seen any fruit of their work, they would have fought with their arms.
Zito said promptly, without having to think it over: “June the fourteenth. It was the day when Mayor Nasta fined me three thousand lira for leaving my Atlas open at the page of North America. I used to read my Atlas in dull hours outside the door there, and that day I left it open at North America. Like everyone else, Mayor Nasta knew the Americans were coming here. It made him nervous. He thought I was mocking him. ” Zito said: “It took them two days to take the bell down. They used six sets of block and tackle.
But the Monsignor is uncle of the Mayor, he is not the sort to desecrate churches, he says. It meant we lost our bell. And only two weeks before you came. ” Zito pointed over his head. ” Zito was careful. “Partly,” he said. Borth said: “Usher, if you were a good Fascist you would be able to tell me why there is a big blank space up there on the wall over which there used to hang a picture. ” Zito smiled and said: “The picture does not exist. ” Borth said: “You are not hiding it in the basement?
A Bell for Adano by John Hersey