Monday, March 19, 2018

Book Note: The Postman

Brin, David. The Postman. New York: Bantam Books, 1997.

I'm not enormously fond of the post-apocalyptic literature genre, but I'm occasionally asked to engage with it for the Shakespeare.

A case in point is the very good novel Station Eleven (for which, q.v.).

The Postman is more traditionally post-apocalyptic, but I was surprised by how engaging it was.

The plot involves a man who finds a mail carrier's uniform and uses it to transform the post-apocalyptic landscape of the rest of the novel.

And there's a bit of Shakespeare in it . . . but, as is often the case, the cry from Bardfilm goes out, "More Shakespeare, please!"

Here's a quick sample (and the only extended Shakespeare-related passage I could find):

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