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Postino, Il by Antonio Skármeta
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it was amazing

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, kisses it, wets it, and pounds on its chest, repeating its own name."

But oh yes, the sea can be still, at night, when the moon looks over it. You see the moon's reflection in the water, and you think about love. There must then be a girl in this story, and she must be beautiful. Big-bosomed, fiery like a true latina. Think of a name, a romantic one like the moonlit sea. Here, she's the barmaid Beatriz--a name like that of the poet Dante Alighieri's great love. And since there's a girl, there must be a boy too. Here he's Mario, the postman. There is only one literate person in the entire town so Mario has only one customer. But what a customer! He's Pablo Neruda, "the greatest poet of the twentieth century--in any language" (according to Gabriel Garcia Marquez), who receives mails the world over.

The sun, the moon and the sea! A beautiful girl! The metaphors of love, passion, life and death! The poetry of Pablo Neruda! Pablo Neruda himself! The entire concoction patiently brewed for 14 years! Five--all the possible stars--no less.
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