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A Bell for Adano

John Hersey

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79% of readers

recommend this book

This classic novel and winner of the Pulitzer Prize tells the story of an Italian-American major in World War II who wins the love and admiration of the local townspeople when he searches for a replacement for the 700-year-old town bell that had been melted down for bullets by the fascists. Although stituated during one of the most devastating experiences in human history, John Hersey's story speaks with unflinching patriotism and humanity.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publish Date: Mar 12nd, 1988
  • Pages: 269
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 7.99in - 5.20in - 0.90in - 0.72lb
  • EAN: 9780394756950
  • Categories: ClassicsLiteraryWar & Military

About the Author

John Hersey was born in Tientsin, China, in 1914 and lived there until 1925, when his family returned to the United States. He studied at Yale and Cambridge, served for a time as Sinclair Lewis's secretary, and then worked several years as a journalist. Beginning in 1947 he devoted his time mainly to writing fiction. He won the Pulitzer Prize, taught for two decades at Yale, and was president of the Authors League of America and Chancellor of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Hersey died in 1993.

Praise for this book

"A well-written, funny, and, at times, serious and deeply disturbing story . . . dogmatically recommended." --The New Yorker

"The picturs of the place and the people are masterly, rich in humor and humanity and utter conviction." --Christian Science Monitor