Wednesday, November 06, 2019

What a journalist should be …

… Martin Bell - An Uncommon Correspondent | Literary Review | Issue 481. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Books about writers too often fall down at the interface between the writer and the work. This one does not. The writer and the work were inseparable. Hersey was a man of conspicuous courage, both physical and moral. He survived four air crashes. He accompanied American forces during the invasion of Sicily in 1943. His fictionalised account of that time, A Bell for Adano, won him a Pulitzer Prize at the age of thirty. The American commander who passes through the novel, General Marvin, was a thinly disguised version of General Patton.
Publish PostI've never read A Bell for Adano, but the movie is wonderful.

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