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Antonio Skármeta - The Postman

Antonio Skármeta - The Postman

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3.7/5 Goodreads

The Postman (Il Postino) is a bittersweet tale of first love ignited by the power and passion of Pablo Neruda's timeless poetry.
Unlike the other men of his village, Mario balks at the prospect of life as a fisherman, choosing instead to become the postman for a beautiful island, just off the mainland. Although the island has a number of inhabitants, Mario has only one postal customer, the only literate resident, who is also Chile's most beloved poet, Pablo Neruda, who is living in exile.
The friendship between the postman and the poet blossoms, Mario begs Neruda for advice on how best to woo the voluptuous young barmaid, Beatriz, with whom Mario has fallen in love. As Neruda tutors him in the finer lessons of love, Mario discovers that he too has a gift for poetry. Soon the island air is thick with the exchange of sensuous metaphors.

"A jewel of a story" - The New Yorker
"A witty and imaginative meditation on the relationship between literature and reality, and a wry, affectionate depiction of youthful passion..." - Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World
"A romance of gusto... The erotic scenes are rapturously hot-blooded, joyously comic..." - The Spectator
"Skármeta celebrates the joys of poetry and of the flesh, the power of the imagination" - The Village Voice
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