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The Post Office

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While a young boy rests on doctor's orders, he watches the people pass outside his window and greets all of them, and as he does, he teaches them and the reader some of life's simple truths.
Hardcover, 52 pages
Published September 1996 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 1914)
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
This play in three acts was written in Bengal in 1911, not long after Tagore lost his son, daughter and wife to disease. In 1940, the evening before Paris fell to the Nazis, Andre Gide's French translation of this play was read over the radio. Two years after, in a Warsaw ghetto, a Polish version was the last play performed in the orphanage of Janusz Korczak who, when asked why he chose the play, said: "eventually one had to learn to accept serenely the angel of death." Within a month, he and hi...more
Adam
This is a very brief Bengali play in 2 acts, first published in 1912. A young boy is dying, and out the window of his house he can see a new post office that has just opened in the town. The boy talks to anyone who passes his window, and he quickly becomes convinced that the king has sent a letter to him that will arrive soon at the new post office. Essentially a story about living in the moment and transforming the ordeal of suffering through imagination and the art of storytelling, this play e...more
Daniel
Apr 13, 2014 Daniel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everybody
A very lovely play. It shows you how a child's positive outlook on life can change many things, including the disillusionment of a vendor and the misanthropy of a headman who takes pleasure in nothing but bullying people. Well, that's one thing it can show - I bet almost everybody sees something different in this play. I think this is the first time I read something of so obviously universal appeal, there's really something for everyone in every age group in it - that in itself is quite amazing....more
Vineet
The abrupt ending of the play, though surprising, is similar to the unwarranted arrival of death. The innocence of children, and how the same innocence is kindlled in grown-ups when in company of children are beautifully portrayed in words. The play picks up pace towards the end, and ironically, only the herald of the anticipated arrives in time to show Amal a glimpse of a gilted dream, before he slides into an eternal slumber and the play is curtained. There is an Amal in all of us - there is a...more
Daniel L.
After Death, There's Life

This play by the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore is one of those pieces of literature that truly deserves to be remembered and admired as it was in London in 1914, when William Butler Yeats remarked that this little play "...is very perfectly constructe and conveys to the right audience an emotion of gentleness and peace." To Western eyes, at first glance, a play about a dying child may see morbid. The reader and theatregoer quickly realize, however, that Amal, the mo...more
Momina Masood
I was about to rate this 4 stars but I couldn't resist. As I was reading, I couldn't help feeling how this play has clear mystical undertones to it. Little Amal could be Tagore himself, the Tagore of Gitanjali, anxious to leave the narrow, claustrophobic confinements of his "room", anxious for spiritual exaltation, anxious for "the King's letter". I can't help associating the King's letter to the postman metaphors of Ashfaq Ahmed in Mann Chalay Ka Sauda, as I can't help seeing this play as somet...more
Vandana
Sep 30, 2013 Vandana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kapil, apoorv, sunishtha, vikas, pushpam, anmol
simple, innocent and a beautiful little play by RabindraJi. Amal is a lovely little child, dying or rather living against his looming death. His vivaciousness and love for life is infectious but that is how a kid is supposed to be. his zest for life affects all and how he rejoices in every man passing by his window makes the book a funny read. The book is small but refreshing. A child's innocence teaches you how you should value life in all its hues and at all junctures. Amal has no reason to b...more
Melinda
The Post Office is a play about Amal, an eight year old boy who is terminally ill confined indoors by the family physician. His only contact with the outside world is through his window. Amal notices the village post office. He hopes the King sends him a letter. The town headman mocks and plays a practical joke on the ill Amal. Amal dreams of a future free of confinement.

Tagore's The Post Office is a play depicting free spirit, the joy of the open road free of bondage. The Post Office is poign...more
Aditya Parashar
Oh boy !! this is our answer to the animal farm. Much more powerful and revealing be it about humanity.

Nice to see a flame in the midst of darkness, though am not sure if that was even the intent but hey reviews are meant to be based on the reader's opinion. Loved the unbiased hope....
Samar
An excellent drama. A story from which much can be drawn. It is interesting how every character whether it is the Watchman, Curd-seller, Headman or the Gaffer all represent different levels, beliefs and strata of society. It can be interpreted in the political scenario of the imperial era of subcontinent, the educational flaws in the system along with the departing sense of mysticism and naturalism in favor of materialism, scientific progress and practicality bordering on pessimism. Amal is ever...more
Supertramp
#72

This is absolutely brilliant and masterwork. Symbolism at its peaks.
Shubhra
This is unlike any book that I have ever read. So simple, yet oceans of meaning deep within. I had to read this book twice over the next morning. This truly shows the genius that Rabindranath Tagore was. The child Amal is true representation of human mind which is always eager to travel far and wide, is dreamy and looking to escape from its current situation in the first available opportunity. Madhav represents the adult mindset which is always playing safe and averse to risk.

It's a must read fo...more
Korie K
6.17.08

Picked this up off the shelf just now. I'm intrigued by what is written on the back, "A beautifully illustrated edition of one of the most spiritually uplifting works of the twentieth century." I could use such a book right now.


Started it at 10.30pm, finished it at 11pm. What a beautiful play. It lived up to the quote on the back of the book.

It was a simple story that was wonderful for the soul.

I look forward to reading the poetry that this author has written.
Nomad nimrod
I havent read much by Mr. Tagore, which i definately hope to remedy soon.

As for this short play, it was good , worth one time read.
Ashish Manik
Short, simple and nostalgic!

Everything is implicitly yet so intricately portrayed by Tagore - Amal's innocence; his yearning to roam around and live in the outside world; his philosophy- childish yet wiser than the grown-ups; Sudha's unspoken love for him; his uncle's worries; and the peculiar characters of the watchman, the dairyman and Gaffer; all with a touch of the bookish Doctor's humour - this pastoral play will surely draw you in.
Nivedita Bansal
Its a lovely play where a little boy, who is ill and isn't allowed to go out, converses with random people who happen to pass by his window. A child has a natural state of being happy even in the extreme conditions and those around him also experience the same happiness and energy. We all have a child within us, if only, we keep that child alive, we would be much happier and content.

A short, simple and soothing read.
Zain
I see what makes Tagore such a great writer.

Completely engrossing by the end !
Shivam Chaturvedi
Amal. Won't you sound the gong, Watchman?

Watchman. Time has not yet come.

Amal. How curious! Some say time has not yet come, and some say time has gone by!

Bhuvanesh
I liked this play. But I couldn't interpret most of the symbolism which lingers throughout. So I didn't get much out of the book except for a soft and beautiful story.
May be you can figure it out.
Abhranil Dutta
CLASSIC :)

I wish I could have read 'The Post Office' in Bengali ... :(

Its short and simple but yet this book will keep you captivated till the very end ...!!!
علی
این نمایش نامه در مجموعه ای به نام "قربانی" توسط فریدون گرگانی ترجمه شده و بنگاه ترجمه و نشر کتاب در 1359 آن را چاپ و منتشر کرده است
Barbarac
I read this book as a child, and it's one of those books that has never left me. I always think back on it.
Radhika
It's short, simple and gripping. Loved the simplicity in style, language and characters. Would have liked to read more.
Praveenkumar
Awesome literature work by Rabindranath Tagore.
One of my favorite and heart touching story I ever read.
Ujjwol
Read alongside with the original Bengali text. My Bengali is improving. BTW the story is simple.
Elizabeth Ramirez
I absolutely loved this play. Amal's dedication and call to service was astounding.
Sherin Punnilath
This's a poetic little drama.
One on the lines of fairy tales.

4/5
Roxana bogacz
me resultó absolutamente previsible y de una inocencia de otros tiempos
umberto
The gift from Aziza before my departure to BKK. (December 11th, 2002)
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Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West."

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“If only they let me, I'll go right into the dense forest where you can't find your way. And where the honey-sipping hummingbird rocks himself on the end of the thinnest branch, I will flower out as a champa.” 2 likes
“Amal: It isn't sad. When they shut me in here first I felt the day was so long. Since the King's Post Office I like it more and more being indoors, and as I think I shall get a letter one day, I feel quite happy and then I don't mind being quiet and alone. I wonder if I shall make out what'll be in the King's letter?

Gaffer: Even if you didn't wouldn't it be enough if it just bore your name?”
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