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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 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 have been melted down for bullets by way of the fascists. even supposing stituated in the course of some of the most devastating stories in human heritage, John Hersey's tale speaks with unflinching patriotism and humanity.

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I am only a Major. Borth here is a Sergeant. ” Little Zito was getting very mixed up. “No sir,” he said cautiously. Then he saw by the Major’s expression that he should have said yes, and he did. The Major said: “You may greet me by shaking my hand. ” Little Zito did not know whether to laugh or cry. He was frightened but he was also flattered by these men. He said: “I will never lie to you, Mister Major. I am anti-Fascist, Mister Sergeant. ” “Seven o’clock,” said Zito. A brief burst of machine gun and rifle fire echoed from distant streets.

They hurried down the room, and each seemed anxious not to let the other get ahead of him. The old one said in English, with a careful British accent: “My name is Cacopardo, at your service, Major. I am eighty-two. I own most of the sulphurs in this place. Here Cacopardo is sulphur and sulphur is Cacopardo. ” The fat one, who seemed annoyed with Cacopardo for speaking first, said in English: “Craxi, my name. ” Craxi said. ” Major Joppolo, seeing Giuseppe’s embarrassment, said: “Giuseppe, I want to speak to the priest of the town.

R. N. , Vicinamare, Prov. of Vicinamare. “FROM: Major V. , Adano, Prov. of Vicinamare. “RE: Bell belonging to town of Adano. ” The service in the Church of Sant’ Angelo was taking a most unusual course. Having completed the supplication, Father Pensovecchio started reciting the Litany of Saint Joseph. It was the longest litany he could think of offhand, and he repeated the words without any sense of their meaning. ” Suddenly Father Pensovecchio broke off. He had had an idea. ” “Do as I say. ” The people were just in the middle of responding: “Pray for us,” when they heard a stroke of the bell over their heads.

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