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The Postman Mass Market Paperback – November 3, 1997
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Gordon Krantz survived the Doomwar only to spend years crossing a post-apocalypse United States looking for something or someone he could believe in again. Ironically, when he's inadvertently forced to assume the made-up role of a "Restored United States" postal inspector, he becomes the very thing he's been seeking: a symbol of hope and rebirth for a desperate nation. Gordon goes through the motions of establishing a new postal route in the Pacific Northwest, uniting secluded towns and enclaves that are starved for communication with the rest of the world. And even though inside he feels like a fraud, eventually he will have to stand up for the new society he's helping to build or see it destroyed by fanatic survivalists. This classic reprint is not one of David Brin's best books, but the moving story he presents overcomes mediocre writing and contrived plots.
A major motion picture from Warner Bros., directed by and starring Kevin Costner.
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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Highly recommend to those a fan of the genre, and to those that have seen the movie, as long as you approach it as a standalone novel.
If you haven't seen the movie...don't watch it. Read the book, understand the Holnists more.
Grant as a wandering minstrel moves from town to town. At his first stop he is mistaken for a real postman and a representative of the US government. He reluctantly decides to go along with the error and even invents a Restored United States government in Saint Paul.
Grant is prepared for the effect his arrival has on towns -- it brings hope to the people. Slowly a small network of postal service is started. Meanwhile, Grant keeps asking ''who will take responsibility.''
Grant ultimately has to confront this question when he comes head to head with a group of survivalist bent on re-establishing a feudal system. Heroes are always reluctant.
This is an excellent book well worth reading.
I won't bother to write what the story is about, most of us have seen the movie. Many things not in the movie..... Would make a great mini series.
One big change needed: For crying out loud GET A NEW COVER DESIGNER and re-publish the book for this generation! The cover picture looks faded and old.