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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 international battle 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 by way of the fascists. even though stituated in the course of probably the most devastating stories in human heritage, John Hersey's tale speaks with unflinching patriotism and humanity.

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If you were a Fascist, you were a Fascist. There is no need to lie. “ Zito said: “One had to eat, one had to earn a living. ” Major Joppolo said: “So you were a Fascist. Now you will have to learn to live in a democracy. ” The little Zito was delighted. ” Major Joppolo said: “Do not bow. There is no need to grovel here. 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.

Said Laura Sofia, who was not the wife of anyone and at her age was not likely to be ever. ” jibed Maria Carolina, wife of the noisy cartman Afronti.

And Mercurio Salvatore hitched his drum around back and marched off to the high ground in front of the ruins of the Castello San Giovanni. There he gave the drum another sharp roll and waited for people to get their ears outdoors. Now Mercurio Salvatore filled his lungs and bellowed: “Opposite me I see Carmelina the wife of Fatta in front of her house. I also see the lazy Fatta leaning against the wall of his wife’s house. The crier wishes to thank Carmelina for storage of his uniform during the difficult time of the invasion.

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