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The Postman (Bantam Classics) by David Brin

The Postman (Bantam Classics) (edition 1997)

by David Brin

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Title:The Postman (Bantam Classics)
Authors:David Brin
Info:Spectra (1997), Edition: Reissue, Paperback
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The Postman by David Brin

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Reseña y opinión de El Cartero aquí. ( )
  LuisBermer | Sep 2, 2018 |
To begin, I am not really a fan of dystopian novels. The whole "world calamity thing ending technology" is a concept I have trouble visualizing. I just don't believe such a thing would occur, no matter what. Saying that, why am I giving this novel five stars? Simple. The writing. Not only does the author do an excellent job on his world building, but his endeavor to have the reader emote with the main character, Gordon Krantz, is second to none. The roller coaster of emotions with the never ending internal questions haunting Gordon make for a riveting read. If you want to immerse yourself in a character and the paths he must lead, this is a book well worth reading. ( )
  MichaelDrakich | Jul 16, 2018 |
Interesting idea: a man in a post-apocalyptic society feels the need to still deliver the mail. ( )
  LaurelPoe | Dec 25, 2017 |
There's something fascinating about imagining what the world would be like after a cataclysmic event. Brin's vision is quite a compelling one - the gradual breakdown of law and order and the rise of alternative societies, some co-operative, others dictatorial. I love the idea of the mail (and through it, the written word) as a rallying point for civilisation. ( )
  AJBraithwaite | Aug 14, 2017 |
2006 Review:
a post apocolyptic world. Where an “ideal” and a “dream” start a nation back into recovery. An enjoyable read.

2001 Review:
very humanistic viewpoint ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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The great virtue of "The Postman" by David Brin is that it takes nothing for granted...Mr. Brin offers no simplistic formulas; nothing comes easy for the postman or the people he tries to help... Still, I found myself wishing that the ''war for men's minds'' in this book had a convincing personal as well as a sociological dimension. I am afraid that it would take a more complex character than his likable but limited postman to do justice to the important issues Mr. Brin raises.

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Langowski, JürgenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553278746, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

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In the aftermath of a war that has devastated the nation, a traveling storyteller borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker and is transformed unwittingly into a symbol of hope for America's future.

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