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ساعي بريد نيرودا

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  8,903 ratings  ·  1,051 reviews
Mario Jiménez, un joven pescador, decide abandonar su oficio para convertirse en cartero de Isla Negra, donde la única persona que recibe y envía correspondencia es el poeta Pablo Neruda. Jiménez admira a Neruda y espera pacientemente que algún día el poeta le dedique un libro, o que se produzca algo más que un brevísimo cruce de palabras y el pago de la propina. Su anhelo ...more
Paperback, الطبعة الأولى, 129 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by دار ممدوح عدوان للنشر (first published 1985)
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Diane S ☔
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A small book that is both humorous and poignant. A mix of Neruda's poetry and the wooing of a young girl by the young man who delivers the mail to him. Neruda, of course get involved. Politics and the Allende government play a significant toll towards the end.

Don't think I will ever think of metaphors in quite the same way.
Teresa
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forget the covers this book has accumulated (mine is not this one, but a still from the movie of the postman with his bike). Forget the synopsis. This book hasn't much to do with the love of the postman for a woman, though that's how it starts off (I found the sex scenes silly, but I believe they were intended to be, especially with the ending of the first and basically the whole of the 2nd). It does have everything to do with the love for the poet Pablo Neruda by the Chilean people, as encapsul ...more
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
This has the sight, sound and smell of the sea. Set in a small coastal town in Chile, sometime the start of the 70's before the tourists came.

"Here on the Island, the sea, so much sea. It spills over from time to time. It says yes, then no, then no. It says yes, in blue, in foam, in a gallop. It says no, then no. It cannot be still. My name is sea, it repeats, striking a stone but not convincing it. Then with the seven green tongues, of seven green tigers, of seven green seas, it caresses it, ki
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Nicole
In a word, lite.

Filled with good thoughts, superficial accounts, and fun stereotypes, I suppose it's mildly entertaining and happily confirms your worldview if you shared it going in. Poetry is awesome, makes you better, helps to win the wimmins. Green ink is nice, and so is communism, except when it isn't. Military coups suck.
Sheila
Mar 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
It's been so long since I've read Pablo Neruda's poems, my favorite of which goes like this:

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.


I must admit though that for all its beauty and truth, a poem a day is not enough for me---I prefer reading the letters of John Keats for that needed calm and serenity and if that wasn't enough, I just write prose myself.

But for Mario Jimenez, the Postman and fated poet and lover in this book, poetry is his saving grace
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Maria
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title was what made me reach out for this book. It intrigued me. A novel about a young fisherman that decides to quit his previous job to become Pablo Neruda’s postman? Well, count me in!

I am so glad I decided to bring this little treasure home! What a charming little book! The writing style is almost as original as the story itself. Oh, and the metaphors! I always loved a good metaphor and this book is all but a metaphor in itself!

P.S. I really liked the way Pablo Neruda was portrayed. Quit
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Laura
A touching novel showing the beginning of Chilean period under Salvador Allende. I have the chance to visit Neruda's house in Isla Negra which was projected by Neruda himself: from his bedroom we can envisage the whole Pacific in front of us; the same happens with his workshop. There are plenty of personnel objects exposed and all his three houses (Valparaiso, Isla Negra and Santiago) are kept under Neruda Foundation. I saw the corresponding movie a long time ago, I must watch it again after rea ...more
Lucy Qhuay

This was such a ridiculous book that could have been interesting if things were done differently.

How would one silly teenage postman catch the attention and win the trust of a man such as Pablo Neruda all of a sudden?

Ok, he was annoyingly persistent in his goal of talking to the poet, but so what?

I would think it would take a bit more, such as Neruda seeing him as a kindred soul of sorts or maybe being reminded of his young self.

No luck there. Mario was amazingly childish, boring and dumb. All
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Emily
Mar 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my all time favorite book. I love to read it each summer.
Amera
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, 2017
من أجمل وألطف الكتب ال قريتها ، مش كبيرة ف عدد صفحاتها لكن قيمتها الادبية لا تقاس..
شاعرية وساحرة ، بهيجة ومشمسة في معظمها ، ولكن تذهب البهجة والشمس وبيحل جو مقبض وغائم على الورق وعلى النفس من لحظة الانقلاب ومقتل ألليندي ، تستحضر معاها ذكريات سيئة وحاضر مظلم نعيش فيه...

small book , very easy to read , humorous ,very magical , very poetic and FULL of metaphors..It has a political background int it . The chilean revolution , Allende becoming the first Marxist president of a Latin American country ,
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Mmars
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-novellas
Really 2.5

Sometimes a short novel or novella can seamlessly pack a lot in and sometimes it can be a hodgepodge that tries to do so and fails. Such was my take on the Postman. Was it a romance? A statement on poetry? A story of Chile under Allende and then Pinochet?

There were some delightful discussions on metaphor between young Mario, the town’s postal carrier whose only patron who can read is supposedly Neruda, and the poet. Mario falls head over heels in love with the well-bosomed Beatriz who
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Maha Emad
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Do you think that everything in the world, I mean everything, the wind, the ocean, trees, mountains, fire, animals, houses, deserts, the rain, etcetera... all the etceteras. Do you think the whole world is a metaphor for something?”
Jenny
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the writing style and the humor of Antonio Skarmeta, but I don't understand the purpose of this book. Is it about love, Pablo Neruda, or Chilean politics of the 1970s? I feel like it wants to be all three but never really achieves any of them. It's a good book but not a great one. I like Mario and the character of Pablo Neruda, and the descriptions of Isla Negra are beautiful. I agree with some of the other reviews on here, though, that there could have been more to the story.
I probably
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David
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw the movie called Il Postino a decade ago. I loved it. As to be expected, the book is often better than the movie and this holds the pattern. This is a gem of a story. Even though it is very short, the story rolls out with considerable ease. The highly erotic descriptive love between Mario and Beatrice and the charming friendship between Neruda and Mario is believable and one gets a real sense of joy and life despite this very turbulent period in Chile's history.
Trudy
Apr 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Trudy by: Charlotte
Shelves: 2016, dutch, fiction
Readathon Category #56: A book by a South American author
Miriam Flores
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
..had a lovely weekend reading this book!!
علي الصباح
light & delight.
Hannah Reed
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Maryse
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-to-film
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Elisa
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: south-america
I watch the movie many years ago and while i was travelling in chile i asked a friend to lend me a small book in spanish and she picked this one. In Italian the movie's title is il postino so I didn't realize it was the same story... Oh i love it so much, it such a delicate plot, about humankind, poetry and feelings, the way men used to conquer a woman with words, metaphors, a time that is now long forgotten. Where a simple man without education rebels against its fate as fisherman and becomes t ...more
Matthew C
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book The Postman follows a young man named Mario Jiménez working as a postman. Only, he isn't a normal postman who delivers the mail to the people, he only delivers it to one person, Pablo Neruda. I liked this book because it was an inspiring story, showing that even a postman can become a poet. I liked this book so much, it inspired me to go and read some of the poems written by Pablo Neruda himself, and also found out that there is a movie based on the idea of the book, and plan to watch s ...more
Gregg Kleiner
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me want to move to a bluff on the Chilean coast, buy an old bicycle, and read all of Neruda's poetry. In very few pages, Skámeta creates a compelling vision of Latin America's grand poet, weaves in a love story as only Latin American authors can, and includes subtle political brushstrokes of Allende's ascent to power and his ultimate (CIA-backed) demise...blending art and politics beautifully as so many Latin American artists do so well.
Elmira
Feb 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: play, satiric
A strong play about a part of Pablo Neruda -the great poet-'s life and his fatherly relation to the young postman delivering his couriers. Not only dos the play depict strongly the great poet's situation as a to-be-political man, but also it describes the postman's love fantastically, and there is a delicate sarcasm everywhere in between to attract the audience more and more.
Jeimy
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Here's something you might not read every dy: The movie was better. Yup, I know it's hard to believe but, for the most part, the characters in the movie were more endearing.
Emily
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: international
I didn't think it possible that the book would still be better than one of my favorite movies, but it was. Beautiful and poetic.
Steve
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having watched the fim recently, after having found a nice chapbook of Neruda love poems at a used bookstore, I decided to go the "watch the movie/read the book" (or vice versa ) route on this.
OK, the book is SO different from the film it is amazing that someone read this book and made the film that they did!
Set in Chile, at the time of the Allende democratic election, and the CIA fueled coup by the fascist Pinochet. 1970's - and not an Italian island in the early 1950's. The postman is 19, an
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José
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If anything, this book is heartbreaking. It, in theory, has all the ingredients for a delightful story. In practice, it trails off indefinitely to one too many common places. The writing is entertaining enough to power you through the book, but if this tale was any longer I do not think I would have put the actual effort to finish it.

The most prominent negative aspect stems from all characters existing purely as person-characters (i.e. their essence is static). However, this is not in itself bad
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Diogo Jesus
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a gift from a friend which I have only to thank.
Very quick and soft reading (for 1-2 days) with a strong taste to a chillean life I was not acquainted but got delighted.
+ writting style where poetry and journalism together mix perfectly
+ the almost slight allusion to a town, a people, ideas, feelings in a context of political turmoil (Election of Allende in 1970)
+ the music references (Yo no le creo a gagarin, me lo dijo Adela...) transports us instantly to the middle of the action
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Amy Weiner
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cardboard-box
I kept hearing how wonderful this book was and I never picked it up. I finally gave in and loved it. It is the story of Mario, a young man in pre-Pinochet Chile who happens into a job as a postman with a very particular job: his job is to deliver the mail to the famous poet Pablo Neruda. He gets the job because he has a bicycle. Mario is a dreamer, a lover of movies, who thinks if he can get Neruda to autograph one of his books of poetry, then he can use it to impress the girls. And somehow we g ...more
Trudi
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a charming book. Short, quick read. Mario lives on a small island off the coast of Chile. Most of the men are fisherman, but Mario does not want that life. He becomes a mailman with only one customer - the poet, Pablo Neruda. Mario loves poetry and develops a friendship with Neruda through which we learn a little about the political climate of Chile at the time. And Mario loves the beautiful Beatriz and hopes to attract her using poetry and his friendship with Neruda.
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Antonio Skármeta (born Esteban Antonio Skármeta Vranicic) is a Chilean writer, born November 7, 1940 in Antofagasta, Chile. He was born to Croatian immigrants from the Adriatic island of Brač, region of Dalmatia.

His 1985 novel and film[1] Ardiente paciencia ("Ardent Patience") inspired the 1994 Academy Award-winning movie, Il Postino (The Postman). Subsequent editions of the book bore the title El
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