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The Postman explained The Postman, review The Postman, trailer The Postman, box office The Postman, analysis The Postman, The Postman 537f This Is The Story Of A Lie That Became The Most Powerful Kind Of Truth A Timeless Novel As Urgently Compelling As War Day Or Alas, Babylon, David Brin S The Postman Is The Dramatically Moving Saga Of A Man Who Rekindled The Spirit Of America Through The Power Of A Dream, From A Modern Master Of Science FictionHe Was A Survivor A Wanderer Who Traded Tales For Food And Shelter In The Dark And Savage Aftermath Of A Devastating War Fate Touches Him One Chill Winter S Day When He Borrows The Jacket Of A Long Dead Postal Worker To Protect Himself From The Cold The Old, Worn Uniform Still Has Power As A Symbol Of Hope, And With It He Begins To Weave His Greatest Tale, Of A Nation On The Road To Recovery

  • Paperback
  • 321 pages
  • The Postman
  • David Brin
  • English
  • 02 September 2019
  • 9780553278743

About the Author: David Brin

David Brin is a scientist, speaker, and world known author His novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards At least a dozen have been translated into than twenty languages Existence, his latest novel, offers an unusual scenario for first contact His ecological thriller, Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and near future trends



10 thoughts on “The Postman

  1. says:

    The heart of my story about a flawed and fretful hero who feels guilt over telling a beautiful lie, in order to survive That is David Brin s very nice summary of The Postman his best novel IMO This is from an article celebrating the 20th anniversary of the movie adaptation.In my experience people who pretend to be postmen are usually up to no good, they are apt to enter your homes under false pretenses and rob you blind than attempt to unite the post apocalyptic Disunited States of America The protagonist of this book has to be the most heroic postman in fiction You thought Postman Pat and Cliff Clavin from Cheers are the bees knees They got nothing on Gordon The Postman, he really knows how to deliver This is the second Brin book for me, the previous one I read was Startide Rising which was fun but just a wee bit disappointing in that it did not resonate with me much those uplifted dolphins are just a little too cute for me, even the badass ones Still, I like Brin s writing and the basic premise of The Postman so I thought I d give it a go, and it turned out to be one of my inspired decisions An optimistic post apocalypse book is a rarity, if this is a sub sub genre I doubt it will catch on, you don t warn people about the errors of their ways only to have things eventually turning out OK I think this book is about idealism than a commentary about where the world is heading today It is about a lie that grows into a truth rather than A lie told often enough becomes the truth which is an entirely different mailbag.While the story is sentimental in places, and not entirely unpredictable or cliche free, Mr Brin pushes the right buttons most of the time leaving the left buttons entirely untouched He has me cheering AMERICA F CK YEAH and I am not even American I also like it that when the climactic kickassery ensues it is not between the titular Postman and the boss villain , let the interesting side character do the heavy lifting for a change This is an excellent read that touches me at the emotional core Five stars I d award it all the stars in the sky plus those residing in Hollywood Note The Postman A Re appraisal and Reader s Guide by David Brin.

  2. says:

    Good post apocalyptic SF.David Brin s 1985 novel, really a put together of two novellas, has won numerous accolades and gushing praise, including the 1986 Locus Award And for good reason, Brin is a good writer and backs up his prose with real science.More than just a Road Warrior after civilization story, Brin explores themes of the frailty of civil society, but also the perseverance of that same community and the importance of belief in tradition and national identity.A survivor dons an old postal inspector uniform and becomes the personification of a lost ideal The red white and blue shoulder insignia means something to these fighters, and to those too young to remember the United States, he becomes symbol of lost idealism Brin adeptly blends with this concept a heaping side order of irony and good storytelling to make this a memorable read with lots of good quotes.Not perfect, this could also be fragmented and with inconsistent pacing but still good speculative fiction.I ll read from Brin.

  3. says:

    One of my all time favorite books, no question I don t give out many 5 star ratings Here I give it enthusiastically I stumbled on this book some years ago and frankly was surprised at how much I liked it There are a lot of post apocalyptic books out there They run the proverbial gamut from excellent to unreadable This is actually not only a good one, but one of the best.No spoilers, but we pick up some years after the collapse when the infrastructure of the country has ceased to exist Our hero spots a scam that will help him survive but.he always wonders about the bigger questions of life and of survival One of the main questions he confronts constantly is, who will accept responsibility Society has destroyed itself Humans may or may not survive Life itself may not survive in the forms it has been known, that itself is still in the balance The question of responsibility goes deeper than the momentary events that triggered the collapse, much deeper Who will take responsibility Go on from there.I ve read other books by David Brin, some I ve liked somenot so much But this is one of those times when I think a writer hits the top of his game Character driven AND plot driven this book, this story and this character stay with youthey have with me.My highest recommendation.By the way, this is another book that is the victim of an unfortunate movie attempt Now while I think the people behind the movie may have wanted to do the book justice and may even have been moved by it, they just failed to capture the heart of this one As I said, I don t hand out a lot of 5 star ratings This is one of the books I ve loaned, given away, and recommended widely I like it, I try to always have a copy on my shelves, and I recommend it.

  4. says:

    6.0 stars This book is the newest addition to my list of ALL TIME FAVORITE novels Simply put, I loved this story and characters with whom David Brin has populated it The story is a post apocalyptic novel set in a future United States in which society has collapsed However, within this setting the book is really about civilization and the symbols that people rally behind in difficult situations in order to accomplish larger goals beyond their own interests.The main character is Gordon Krantz, a decent man who finds an old Postal uniform and uses it to gain food and shelter in his travels by spreading tales of a Restored United States While begun as a con to simply survive, Gordon eventually sees the power of the hope he brings to the people he meets and eventually sees that belief in the dream can actually help to make it real Throughout the novel there are various symbols that people rally behind beyond the Postman himself I don t want to give away the others as it would require a spoiler I will just say that I thought this was a well written, powerful novel about hope and renewal and I thought it was an absolutely amazing read HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION Nominee Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction novel Nominee Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction novelWinner John W Campbell Award for Best novelWinner Locus Award for Best Science Fiction novel

  5. says:

    The movie moved me, the novel is cautionary and healing meI m not a big sucker to Sci Fi, and I have a penchant for Soft Sci Rollins, Lincoln Preston and some Crichton, etc , so few books can move meTechnically, it s a Sci Fi, but I don t take it for a Sci Fi Did anyone read McCarthy s The Road as a Sci Fi or Fantasy stuff

  6. says:

    Christmas 2010 I realised that I had got stuck in a rut I was re reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci Fi award That s 35 books, 6 of which I d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a father As such these stories became imprinted on my memory as the soundtrack to the happiest period in my life so far.The year was 1986 and Orson Scott Card s Ender s Game swept all before it, winning the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Nebula Award for Best Novel and not the Locus Sci Fi Award Those wonderfully contrary Locus voters instead gave their highest accolade to David Brin s post apocalyptic postman tale.Apparently they made a Kevin Costner movie out of it I ve never seen it That little nugget of knowledge did not fill me with confidence.My subconscious kept whispering Waterworld .I picked up a second hand copy It s a battered, tattered thing.The cover is faded.Let s be honest It looks sh t.I was coming off the back of a slightly disappointing run in my Locus Quest this was the fourth in a mini league of 80s winners The Integral Trees , Titan , The Snow Queen and then The Postman which I read during the weeks running up to my wedding I often find that the less I expect of a book, the open I am to its merits which is a bit of a catch 22 situation because I normally only read those books I expect to be good After the first fifty pages, I was pleasantly surprised to be enjoying The Postman Our hero, Gordon, is a likeable survivor of a dreamer than your average tough guy loner The first half of the book just flies by and if it kept up that sort of pace and atmosphere, we d be looking at an easy 4 star book maybe even a five.Unfortunately, the second half of the book felt dated and clich d The A.I Wizard of OZ scenario was pretty dubious, as was the women s army section I did enjoy the hippy super soldier thread but by then all it was feeling a bit disconnected and episodic I coasted the last third of the book and the finale was anticlimactic The Postman is not a bad little story, but nothing to write home about.

  7. says:

    I wish I could give this book 2.5 stars.First let me say I have to go against the overwhelming tide of opinion that holds this novel to be an excellent work Not that it s terrible, but it wasn t what I expected or wanted.The first half of the novel isn t bad as we accompany the protagonist and his effort to survive in post apocalyptic America The character isn t heroic Instead he s a survivor And then we get started with the postman charade At first it has potential the reestablishing of communications to rebuild civilization The lowly mailman as savior or at least re builder.It s interesting to note that the movie hated by many, but not me sigh ran with this part of the story and for good reason.The mundane civil servant is now heroic Very intriguing But then David Brin ex NASA scientist has to bring in technology Suddenly we have genetically engineered super soldiers, a Super Computer and something called neo hippie technology In one quick turn we are in a world involving resurrected 1960 s philosophy This is a problem The book wanders around, looking for some kind of philosophical grounding Why Isn t it enough to have a story about the rebuilding of the country Or did David Brin become bored with such an Earthy story and feel the need to go into space so to speak No I believe this book suffers from a lack of focus A good idea, but not carried out completely.

  8. says:

    Of course, I thought I d be different and actually enjoy this book since I really enjoyed the movie But, no What a train wreck The first half was great I d give it 4.5 stars A post apocalyptic wandering bard finds a postman s outfit and begins delivering the mail, hope, and unity to the scattered masses Lovely It could have cleanly ended there and all would have been well.The second half of the book is, at best, 1.5 stars It s as if someone else wrote it, and it barely resembles the first half of the book at all with its three myths These myths that would have been better left out are an obvious wizard of Oz, a foolish band of feminist warriors who infiltrate the enemy s beds , and augmented super soldiers one of which is a hippy martial arts new age dude The author also throws in some drug laced tobacco into the mix which I m pretty sure contributed to the author s insane writing of the second half of the book.Save yourself the trouble before reading rip out the last half of the book and burn it Don t put yourself through the misery Really And if you don t, don t say I didn t warn you.

  9. says:

    The Postman is a perfect example of a great storyline with a great build up that is then totally ruined by a deus ex machina resolution It s as if the author were given a page count limit and then realized that he was about two dozen pages from that limit and said, Uh oh, I d better wrap this up This ranks right up there with Stephen King s The Stand for a horrible, abrupt ending that had little to do with the build up and character development of the first 95 percent of the book.If Brin would drop the last thirty or so pages and write a real ending one that actually involves the protagonist this could be a great book.

  10. says:

    Men have been writing the roles and the rules for millennium to excuse their bad behavior For Brin to put it in the head of a female character that men s bad behavior is the fault of womankind for of all effing lunacies not ganking the bad little boys in their beds before they can grow up to become raging hemorrhoids is just I have no words.Oh I know How bout he tell a story where men are actually held responsible for the heinous, destructive shit they do How about that Too much Really Well fu And yes, I know There are broader themes in The Postman the power of symbols to spin order from chaos tech as religion does might indeed make right etc I get that It s good What I don t get is why the sliver of the pie that belongs to women in possession of backbones has to be such utter bullpoop I think Brin just wanted his every man hero to get his sausage basted on leveler footing the traumatized love dolls he had masquerading as single women would ve soiled the nice guy image he d so carefully cultivated So, enter the ringleader of the feminist martyr brigade Her wacky notion of her culpability for the sins of men was a lever used to milk buckets of I Let Gwen Stacy Die from the tryst And given the average reaction, Brin was wildly successful at tugging those particular heartstrings Or I prefer to think that It s a better theory than that people just didn t care.

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