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The Postman Mass Market Paperback – November 3, 1997
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Critical acclaim for David Brin and The Postman:
"The Postman will keep you engrossed until you've finished the last page."--Chicago Tribune
"Brin is a bold and imaginative writer."--The Washington Post Book World
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Gordon Krantz is a lone wanderer, surviving by moving from village to village as a storyteller and minstrel. He finds a dead postal worker's skeleton in the woods and co-opts his clothing to stay warm. With the bag of postage, he hits upon a scam of representing himself as a postal inspector of the "Restored United States," sent to establish post offices in each town and re-establish mail service. He is surprisingly embraced everywhere he travels because of people's thirst for community and communication... and hope. He unwittingly becomes a victim of his own scam and is reluctantly thrust into a leadership role in reuniting Oregon, and by implication the rest of the nation in the future. Along the way, he discovers the way each town coped with the aftermath of the war, makes various friendships, falls in love, and leads the war against the rogue survivalists from the south.
I quite enjoyed this novel and found it uplifting in the message of a regular man who had greatness thrust upon him and came to realize that he had to take responsibility. The movie, starring Kevin Costner, is also good but diverges a good bit from the book, especially in the second half. As is often the case, the book is better.
Because Brin was crafting a book, and not painting visual symbols, his demands seem more reasonable. Despite some stretches, and unlike other reviewers, I did not see the mano-a-mano at the end as "deus ex machina," but instead a reasonable question -- are we as capable of creating one kind of "superman" as that other, most feared? The fight woven into the endstory is, after all, symbolic of a struggle between Titans (an image and a term Brin consciously employs): competing world views. If we are prepared by science fiction to accept the evil member of the "superman" twins, why not also the good? Is science fiction so jaded, or will it accept the myth of the good in people as quickly as the myth of evil?
By using the Postman as the handy symbol for "swell the music, pass around the Kleenex" scenes, Costner buries the underlying irony. The Postman as epic hero....Read more ›
Unfortunately the second half of the book devolved into something that could only be saved by deus ex machina - which is exactly what happened. The characters stopped acting like believable people. Critical events happened that were difficult to believe and never explained (the Scout's plan "somehow" was uncovered). Characters were being killed off almost as though the author were afraid that the story wasn't having any emotional impact for the last many pages so maybe if someone we had been introduced to died...
I was very disappointed by the end of the book. If it had left the standard "good guy vs. bad guy climax" out, the whole story would have been better for it. If you really want to enjoy the book, just stop at the second interlude.
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Having been subjected to the Postman movie during my childhood I never gave serious thought to the book. I was wrong to do so. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Poetic, well thought out, beautifully written, and revealing of human nature. READ IT. Not only does the author deserve the exposure, you require the experience.Published 8 days ago by Kyle Boyer
Great story. And if you can find the movie . . . it follows the book very well.Published 1 month ago by Kramer6
A favorite post apocalyptic book by a favorite author of the Uplift Wars and many others...I think I read this when it came out, perhaps 35-40 years ago. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark S.
A very good story of a hero that did not want to be. After a devastating war, Americans begin to rebuild civilization. But it takes time, luck, and much effort. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mauro Taschner
Brin's story immerses you in a world where ordinary folks have to deal with the loss of civilization and marauding gangs (or mini-"nations") of merciless macho guerrillas. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Chiu
A vivid, exciting tale of a person in a post-apocolyptic USA who decides to work toward helping restore civilization. This book was hard to put down.Published 4 months ago by John Thayer
I enjoyed this book. Since I watched the movie adaptation first, I knew the plot going in. As usual the movie did not do the book justice. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brent M.