The Postman

Brin, David

Book - 1997
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Postman
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.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1997, c1985
Edition: Bantam reissue ed
ISBN: 0553278746
Branch Call Number: SF BRIN 1997
Characteristics: 321 p. ;,18 cm


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This is a great novel and, well, judge the movie for yourself. Gordon Krantz is something of an idealist in a world ten years after a limited nuclear exchange. While making his way to the Pacific Northwest as a modern minstrel, he stumbles upon an abandoned postal vehicle with the unlucky postman... Read More »

He 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.

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Mar 19, 2014
  • JasonATait rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Among the top apocalyptic books ever published. If you're a fan of the genre, this is a must read.

Jul 05, 2013
  • HanakoGal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A lone man is wandering the country after war and disease have wrecked the world. He is looking for a pocked of civilization, someone who is taking responsibility. Am I the last of the Idealists? He asks. Finally he decides to start making the change he has been searching for; building the idea he had hoped to find. This was a compelling story of a man looking for something to believe in in the barbaric times of survival. I loved Gordon as a hero; a man who would follow any good leader but who ends up a leader himself. I have enjoyed all of David Brin’s other books and now add this one to the list.

Aug 22, 2011

Very different from the 1997 movie adaptation with Kevin Costner. The movie is lightly based on the book.

Jul 16, 2011
  • RichardPaul rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Postman ---- By David Brin c - 1997, read earlier printing c - ? ---- This is a near end of the world story, where a man many years after that, makes an effort to rekindle relations in the U.S. and Canada. ---- I really enjoyed the book and the Movie: which are both well done. ---- Enjoy! ----


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