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Postal Service: The Story About America's #1 Most Disgruntled Mailman and Another Look at the Post Office Revealed by Charles Bukowski in 1971 Paperback – October 9, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432744410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432744410
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,676,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this novel, not in one sitting in the barber shop, but over a span of several days, allowing me to actually digest the humor, the frustration, and the unfortunate bureaucratic placating that takes place in all of our lives on a daily basis. I found the humor rich and sincere, an honest reflection of how each of us should, could, and would respond to the world around us were we not bound by necessary social norms. I think Bukowski, in all his literary glory, would have appreciated such a novel that further shines light on his own witty realizations.

I believe, Mullinax, that the Blockbuster world of explosive, easy endings has deprived us all of the necessary and refreshing subtlety that gives this novel life. However, in order to see true wit and subtlety, as used so deftly by Terrana, one must be more observant than a sack of potatoes.
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This book takes a humorous look at that great, seemingly unknowable, institution
that so many of us take for granted, and yet rely heavily upon-the postal service. The author takes you inside his world, and their world, and reveals the frustrations of a postal carrier, which is translatable to any thinking individual participating in the non-managerial American workforce. Instead of a woe-is-me tale, the author chooses a sarcastic, Dave Barryish tone that sets the
stage for the book. The language, though simple and without airs, reveals an intellect that is anything but. He pokes fun at the self-important supervisors, and points out the illogical and paradoxical ways of a large institution with subtlety and wit. If you are looking for a book that is smart,relatable, and funny, you have found it.
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I too am a huge fan of Bukowski's work, but I found this novel to be exactly what it is - a new spin on the modern postal service and the ins and outs of the workforce today. Very funny, love the dry sense of humor and the hilarious situations the postman encounters!
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You actually need to know the author to appreciate the content of the book. If you are a postal worker, or former postal worker; the book would also be interesting reading.
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