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Good to listen to, if you like to hear a little Italian spoken here and there. Greatly inspirational story of someone who can make things happen and work around problems. Should be a must read for all troops leaving for overseas. Not out of date despite the years that have passed since its publication. I see why it got the prize. Glad Livermore chose it for our "Community Read".
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David Green's performance of Hersey's novel is very good. The tipsiness of the Americans, the general's 'Go* damn' voice, Mr. Major, the different Italian guys...great performance. Green helped the story come alive.
The story itself, personally, very excellently follows up Underneath a Scarlet Sky, where the Americans begin to make their appearance at the end of the book. I feel like A Bell for Adano is a continuation of Underneath a Scarlet Sky. Though the beginning of this novel was a bit difficult for me to get through. This story is much older and the style of writing is different, to the point where I could see a 1950s black and white film on television--bland and "he said", then so so said, the the other guy said, and he said...too much ping pong for me. Other than all that, Hersey writes as though Major Joppolo perfected the art of Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People. If only the military truly practiced Joppolo's technique of establishing rapport, building relationships, and being selfless then the world might actually be a better place. Unfortunately, there are not enough Joppolo's in our military.
I have been on a WWII in Italy kick. This book is the fourth that I have read on the topic. Whereas Underneath a Scarlet Sky and The Alice Network were educational with historical contexts, there is not exactly anything historical about this book, in the sense that there is little takeaway about the war itself. This book is more on the relationship between the military and the local population.
Still, highly recommend!