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By John Hersey

This vintage novel and winner of the Pulitzer Prize tells the story of an Italian-American significant in global warfare 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 through the fascists. even if stituated in the course of the most devastating stories in human heritage, John Hersey's tale speaks with unflinching patriotism and humanity.

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This afternoon you would have had a chance to read of the changes which our friends the Americans intend to bring about here in Adano. “You could have read the proclamations which our friends will post, Fatta. You would not have had anything to lean against while reading because the proclamations will be posted on the walls upon which you depend. The hour of the reading, that is to say about five o’clock, would have been bad for you, because it is the hour when you are overcome with energy and are able to lift a bottle of wine to your lips.

And the list went on and on. When he had read three pages, Major Joppolo looked at his wrist watch. It was eleven thirty. Almost half of this first day was gone. He took the sheets of instructions up from the desk and tore them in half, and tore the halves in quarters, and crumpled up the quarters and threw them into a cane wastebasket under the desk. Then he sat and stared out the nearest French door into the empty street for a long time. He looked tired and defeated. He stirred and reached into his brief case again and took out a small black loose leaf notebook.

Don’t lose your temper. ” That was the one he wanted. When plans fall down, improvise. Plans for this first day were in the wastebasket. They were absurd. Enough was set forth in those plans to keep a regiment busy for a week. Now Victor Joppolo felt on his own, and he no longer looker tired. He got up briskly, went out onto the balcony and saw that there were two flagpoles there. He went back in, reached in his brief case and pulled out two flags, one American, the other British. He tucked the Union Jack under his arm as he walked out again, felt for the toggles on the American flag, mounted them on the halyard on the left-hand flagpole, and raised the flag.

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