town in Sicily from the novel, A
Bell for Adano
bell town; "A Bell for ____"; Major Joppolo's post;
Fictional Italian town; Hersey locale
once a year
from A Bell for Adano
Bell for Adano is a novel by John Hersey. It won the Pulitzer
Prize in 1945.
Bell for Adano is also a film directed by Henry King starring
John Hodiak and Gene Tierney in (1945)
Hersey, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1958
novel is the story of the Italian-American U.S. Army Major
Joppolo, who is placed in charge of the town of Adano during the
invasion of Sicily. The title refers to Major Joppolo's attempts
to replace the 700 year old bell that was taken from the town by
the Fascists at the start of the war to be melted down for
ammunition. Through his actions, Joppolo also wins the trust and
love of the people. He transforms Adano into a democratic town.
of the changes Joppolo brings in to the town include:
freedom of mule carts
bell from the American Navy
short-tempered American commander, General Marvin, fires Major
Joppolo from his command post in the end.
character of Joppolo was based on the real life experiences of
Frank Toscani, who was military governor of the town of Licato,
Sicily after the Allied invasion.
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