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The Postman (Il Postino): A Novel by Antonio Skármeta (1-Feb-2008)

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  • By HotPinkHeels on November 27, 2015

    I had to read this book for a college Spanish course. I primarily read the Spanish version, but purchased this English version to help myself out in the case that I ran into a passage that I couldn't quite fully comprehend without the help of my native language, and it was so helpful! This book discusses the history and political happenings of the time and area, and included real historical figures such as Pablo Neruda, which was interesting as it also had its own fictional storyline. Interesting!

  • By pollye on February 3, 2017

    This is a beautiful book on which the movie was based. Both touched me deeply. It has it all. The resiliency of the human spirit. The ability of people to change, to strive for better things, to take a stand for things that are meaningful to them. And to do so with laughter and joy and while enjoying life.

  • By TessD27 on October 23, 2017

    If you love Pablo Neruda, you will love this short, beautifully written story.

  • By Melvin Sterne on June 1, 2013

    For those who saw the film, the novel is slightly different, but just as good. Funny, sad, sweet, beautiful. Skarmeta is one of the greatest (and under appreciated in America) writers in the world today. It's the kind of book you can read in a few hours, and re-read again and again and enjoy it more every time.

  • By John Stephenson on July 15, 2015

    Whilst this is an excellent book I wish I'd read it before I'd seen the film it was hard to connect the two.

  • By Renato Baserga on January 3, 2011

    It is a short novel, gentle and charming. You can read it in a few hours, and the time employed will be well spent. The figure of Pablo Neruda needs no publicizing, but this little novel is more about youth than poetry. Don't miss it.

  • By Nieves Martino on September 10, 2013

    We receiveda damaged book that was all bent, ripped ,etc. We did not return it because my daughter needed to read it ASAP for school.

  • By Orrin C. Judd on October 13, 2000

    I don't much like the poetry of Pablo Neruda. I loathe communists in general. And I think General Pinochet did the right thing when he overthrew Salvador Allende. But somehow, I love this story of a young postman on Isla Negra, Chile and the relationship that he develops with his sole customer, the great communist poet Neruda.Mario Jimenez has no desire to follow in the footsteps of his father and most of the other men of the island and become a fisherman. So he leaps at the chance to take over a postal route that requires only that he deliver the voluminous correspondence that comes for the island's most famous resident. Timidly at first and then more insistently, Mario calls upon Neruda to teach him about poetry and language. Then, after meeting a luminous young bar maid named Beatrice, he demands that Neruda help him to woo her. Eventually Mario wins her love, in large part through his own poetical devices, including an amusing string of metaphors.When Salvador Allende assumes the Chilean presidency, Neruda is sent to France as ambassador and Mario becomes sort of a surrogate set of eyes and ears for the poet, sending him observations and recordings of daily life. Initially, life is good in the new Chile, but things gradually deteriorate in an onslaught of shortages, work stoppages and violence. Neruda, who in the intervening years has won the Nobel Prize for Literature, returns home to the island to die and Mario is whisked away "for questioning."Despite the down beat ending, this short novel is filled with memorable, if overly idealized, characters, for whom the author clearly has great affection, and scenes of thrilling erotic passion and it is animated by a sense of the beauty of language and poetry. I recommend both the book and the Oscar winning movie adaptation of several years ago.GRADE: A

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