A Bell for Adano by John Hersey

Set during World War II, this novel follows an Italian-American U.S. Army officer who is assigned as the temporary administrator of a small town in Sicily. His main goal is to help restore order and normalcy for the townspeople after the chaos of war. His efforts are epitomized by his quest to replace the town's bell, which had been melted down for bullets by the Fascists. Despite the bureaucratic hurdles and the harsh realities of war, he remains committed to this symbolic act of restoration.

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