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The Postman

by David Brin

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3,677822,513 (3.74)1 / 187
After a limited but devastating war the handful of Americans who remain struggle to survive. One such man borrows the jacket of a dead postal worker to keep warm. He finds the old worn uniform still has power as a symbol of hope of an age now gone.
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    A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr. (Karlstar)
    Karlstar: Not a similar plot, but a classic book about a post-apocalyptic civilization.
  2. 40
    Earth Abides by George R. Stewart (redroc)
  3. 20
    Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban (reading_fox)
    reading_fox: Although the language is very different the themes are similar
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    Dies the Fire by S. M. Stirling (MikeBriggs)
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    Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven (sturlington)
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    Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank (sturlington)
    sturlington: The Postman was influenced by Alas, Babylon.
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I really enjoyed reading this book, but was a bit disappointed by the ending. ( )
  cypher2048 | Dec 28, 2020 |
Intriguing premise that grows redundant. You've seen this story many times before only done better. Not enough gravity to really come to anything. Check out The Road instead. ( )
  habeus | Jul 24, 2020 |
Quite the story. It goes from hopeful, to pretty dark and dire, back to hopeful, but in a very different way. At many times throughout the book I was reminded of the movie "Jeremiah Johnson". Its also interesting that the time of the collapse is right now, 2020. ( )
  grandpahobo | Jul 9, 2020 |
Read the French translation. Good post apocalyptic novel, that actually has a lot of things in common with The Emberverse. I wonder if Stirling got some of the inspiration from this novel. ( )
  Guide2 | Jul 5, 2020 |
post war collapse of America borrowed postmans jacket creates myth of renewal
  ritaer | Mar 19, 2020 |
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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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David Brinprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hallman, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Langowski, JürgenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palencar, John JudeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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