The Postman

I had downloaded this book onto Charlotte (my Kindle) and it had sat in there until someone told me that they were reading it and that they thought I’d enjoy it too.  I needed no further encouragement and I took to the comfy couch, Charlotte and a family sized bag of Maltesers in hand, ready to settle down for the night and be led into the post-apocalyptic world of The Postman.

One of my favourite books

Cormac MacCarthy’s ‘The Road’ is one of my favourite books.  The Postman has a similar feel at the start of it – bleak and desolate; lone individuals scrounging for clothes and food; hiding from others who may or may not be ‘good guys’ in a World where disaster has evidently struck.  I was sucked in immediately.  As the story progressed, it became evident that this man was not as alone as the man and the boy in The Road were (which is, to me, what makes that book so compelling) but The Postman reads like an earlier less-refined version of it and has its’ own merits and direction.  In The Postman, unlike The Road, we find out what happened to create the apocalypse, and this novel has a greater sense of hope running through it.

Gordon Krantz is a survivor.  In the opening scenes, he finds an abandoned mail truck with the skeleton of its’ driver inside.  As Krantz’s jacket has been stolen, Krantz decides to wear the postman’s uniform for warmth.    He then takes on the role of  ‘postman’ and thus cons and scams his way through various colonies in the hunt for food, water and a bed, as he delivers letters found in the dead postman’s sack.  This is a science-fiction book first and formeost, and we do meet super computers and scientifcally enhanced super humans.  I’m not a huge fan of all that but I really did like this book and have since found out that it was made into a movie in the late 90’s, which I may just have to watch to compare the pair.

The Postman - David Brin, 1985

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jo
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 23:48:24

    I have never read any Cormac McCarthy before but they always seem so popular. I might have to try some out. Even better if I can try a sample of my kindle!

    Lovely blog, it takes a while to get a momentum going but you soon will. Will be back soon to read some of your other reviews.


    • BryOak
      Mar 13, 2011 @ 10:30:53

      Thanks, Jo. It means a lot to get advice and support from an established blogger (just checked out yours and loved it.) I’ve only read The Road and totally loved it, so really need to read his other books too. So many books, so little time! You really should get a sample on your Kindle – I too love doing that. Just found a great one – My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece. The sample was fantastic.


  2. Nikki-ann
    Mar 13, 2011 @ 22:34:45

    I love that you’ve named your Kindle! I have one, but haven’t given it a name… Maybe I should! 😀

    I have The Road sitting in my TBR pile. It’s been there for some time, but hopefully I’ll get to it soon. I’ll keep The Postman in mind too.


    • BryOak
      Mar 14, 2011 @ 09:09:50

      I name everything I own! Charlotte seemed like such a suitable name for her – it seems a bit ‘posh’, plus the whole Bronte thing. Let me know what you end up naming yours… Let’s start a trend!


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