The Post-office Girl

The Post-office Girl

Book - 2008
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Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, c2008
ISBN: 9781590172629
1590172620
Branch Call Number: FICTION ZWEIG STEFAN
Characteristics: 257 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Rotenberg, Joel

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1aa
Jul 09, 2015

A fluidly narrated, briskly paced novel.
Whets one's appetite for even more Zweig.

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lukasevansherman
Feb 24, 2015

The Austrian writer Stefan Zweig fled Europe when the Nazis took power and eventually killed himself. His life and work were an inspiration for Wes Anderson's deceptively whimsical "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/02/how-grand-budapest-hotel-pays-tribute-to-the-holocaust/385264/

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stewstealth
Nov 02, 2014

Translation from German ( the English prose is well done) set in 1920's Austria. The novel shows a dichotomy between the poor and rich of the time. The narrative is very well done and for a short novel the characterization is well conceived. A well done story. Worth reading.

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calmiron
Oct 21, 2014

The works of Austrian author Stefan Zweig were the inspiration for Wes Anderson's 2014 movie, "The Grand Budapest Hotel." This book does not have the same tone or plot as the film, but you can see certain elements (the contrast between rich and poor, the hotel's grandeur) that Anderson used in his film.

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horthhill
Apr 18, 2014

The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig is a long novella. Divided into two parts, the first concerns the post office girl and her introduction to the life of the idle rich at the invitation of her wealthy aunt and uncle who are staying at a luxurious Swiss resort hotel. The second part sees the post office girl return to her poor village and small post office. She becomes extremely embittered.
The novella does a pretty good job of giving us a bird's eye view of this girl's life. I'm not sure that we really get to "know" her, though. I'm also not convinced that she would have become morbidly embittered, as she does. Zweig seems, to me, to have gone to an extreme motivated by very little. Still, a very worthwhile read. The translation was good in that it read well. (I have no idea how faithful it was to the German. )

melwyk Apr 27, 2012

Reading this book is the perfect antidote to any La-Boheme-style romanticization of poverty. It reveals the ugliness, both physical and spiritual, that comes from constant want. It is shocking and yet, sadly, recognizable and relevant. Electrifying read about post WWI Germany.
Full review at Indextrious Reader http://indextrious.blogspot.ca/2009/01/zweigs-post-office-girl.html

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calmiron
Oct 21, 2014

Sexual Content: There are one or two sex scenes, but I wouldn't call them graphic. This book was written in the 1930s and is pretty tame by today's standards.

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calmiron
Oct 21, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Police find two lovers in a seedy hotel and threaten to arrest them.

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calmiron
Oct 21, 2014

calmiron thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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