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Il postino di Neruda by Antonio Skármeta
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Il postino di Neruda (1985)

by Antonio Skármeta

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A delightfully different book, imagining a friendship between a postal worker and poet Pablo Neruda (though this description is misleadingly simple). Here's a bit of a conversation between two characters:

Rosa: "What were you talking about?"
Beatriz: "Politics."
R: "Oh no, so he's a communist too?!"
B: "Mother, Neruda is going to be the next president of Chile."
R: "My dear, if you start confusing poetry with politics, you'll end up a single mother. What did he say to you?"
Beatriz had the word on the tip of her tongue, where she held it for a few seconds to savor its connotations.
B: "Metaphors." ( )
  DonnaMarieMerritt | Jul 3, 2016 |
There are moments that are funny and others that are sexy, but I really needed to know Chilean history or have studied Latin American literature to fully appreciate this. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Beautifully written, whimsical, and sweet. A love song to Pablo Neruda in particular and art and poetry, in general. ( )
  amydelpo | Dec 9, 2014 |
This quick read led me straight to the Internet to research Pablo Neruda, Salvador Allende, Allende's death at the hands of Augusto Pinochet, and to see a picture of Neruda's house in Isla Negra. A historical context of Chile in the early 1970s was crucial to fully appreciating this work of fiction which draws heavily and quite accurately on true events. The essence of this book, however, was the Postman (of course) and his discovery of poetry and love. This is also a book whose setting in the idyllic seaside community of Isla Negra casts its own spell over the story and characters. The movie based on this book was nominated for five Academy Awards and I saw the movie when it first came out in 1995 but never sought out the book it was based upon until now. Good book for piquing interest in a little world history. ( )
  kellifrobinson | Nov 24, 2014 |
Beautiful. ( )
  JennyArch | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Antonio Skármetaprimary authorall editionscalculated
Donati, AndreaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zeiler, TessaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Matilde Urrutia, Neruda's inspiration,
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As a result of two trivial yet fortunate circumstances, Mario Jimenez launched himself on a new career in the month of June 1969.
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A tender book about a simple man and what he learns about poetry, love, politics and life from his friend Pablo Neruda.

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Divertida y apasionada, esta historia habla de amor joven encendida por la poes?a de Pablo Neruda. Situado en los a?os anteriores de la dictadura de Pinochet.

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