Sep 29, 11
Read in September, 2011
This book has more twists than a jar of licorice.
This book has more twists than a Chubby Checker album.
This book has more twists than a python caught in a Venetian blind cord (??!?!!)
Yes. "The Postman" is a masterwork of plotting, not to mention a nice little piece of hardboiled Noir. The only thing is, I didn't emotionally connect with the characters. Frank is a drifter, which I think is important as he is a distinctly American type. A loner. Isolated. A guy in an Edward Hopper painting, and, as such, he is prone to violence. But when he gets his at the end I don't feel anything for him. Cora is a babe, too, but that's about it. They are tragic and then they die. If they had more redeemable qualities or better intentions perhaps their tragedy would've elicited more pathos.
I saw and liked the 1946 movie, though Hollywood watered down the plot a little. Less sex and violence. Maybe the only time in the history of filmmaking that "questionable content" has been toned down. Also, Lana Turner is a goddess.
Is the 1981 movie version any good?