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The Post-Office Girl

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  • Title: The Post-Office Girl
  • Author: Stefan Zweig Joel Rotenberg
  • ISBN: 9781590172629
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES / FRAGMENTED NOVELOne has to approach this novella with trepidation. Zweig did not publish it. The first and posthumous edition is from 1982, after a considerable reworking of Zweig’s drafts by Knut Beck. Zweig took his own life in a planned manner in February 1942, but before doing so he had sent to his publisher two manuscripts which he had just finished: his memoirs or Die Welt von Gestern. Erinnerungen eines Europäers and Schachnovelle. To leave this earlier work unf [...]

    2. The world would be a better place if we could all just agree to read more Stefan Zweig. Is that so hard?I have a pet theory, my own personal belief why Stefan has been neglected. Before the dawn of the e-book, Zweig's novels were shelved in libraries and bookstores in that alphabetical no-man's land: the tail end of the last shelf, right next to those spare metal bookends that look like jetsam from the Millenium Falcon. I can honestly say I've never once, ever, browsed without purpose in the Z's [...]

    3. With some things in life, you can’t go back once you’ve crossed a line. For me it was travel. Once my teenage self left my home country for the first time I was hooked, and I never looked at anything in the same way again. To go back to a life without traveling was unthinkable. With the post-office girl, it’s a brief foray into the world of the elite, a glimpse into what life is like on the other side. When circumstances force you back to your prosaic life, the bitterness that seeps into y [...]

    4. She feels borne along, carried by the wind. She was a child the last time she flew like this. This is the beginning of the delirium of transformation.To live again, after experiencing the brutality of war. To lose one's parent, one's home, one's trajectory; to feel mentally crippled after war has stripped one of everything one thought she was or could become, everything one thought about life. To see life anew, after being given a chance. To hope. To dream. To try and be 'normal' again: never af [...]

    5. I'm a sensitive man, there's no denying that. Only one person sees me this way and it's rare that anyone else has in the past. There was a part in this story, just a few pages, that made me weep inconsolably on the inside. Some books grip me, make me react in a negative way, putting me in a psychological state of melancholia and grief, but it's rare that I feel as if I'm inside the character's head as he/she is speaking to me. The author and I have the same idea about a specific thing and it tor [...]

    6. When will it be me? When will it be my turn? What have I been dreaming about during these long empty mornings if not about being free someday from this meaningless grind, this deadly race against time? Relaxing for once, having some unbroken time to myself, not always in shreds, in shards so tiny you could cut your finger on them.Life can sometimes seem to be arrested in a state of perpetual halt; the waiting for your chance that never ever comes. Not a moment of respite, not a moment without wo [...]

    7. This is a novel for today, an odd thing to say, considering it was written almost seventy years ago. It's a tragic version of the Cinderella story, a version with no glass slipper and no Prince Charming; it's a story of a girl taken to the heights only to be plunged back into the depths.The author, Stephan Zweig, though not that well known in the English-speaking world, is probably the best late representative of the culture of old Vienna, that urbane, tolerant, sophisticated and brilliant world [...]

    8. It's quite a few years sinceI read this but I remember going out immediately afterwards and buying two other books by Zweig.I think that might serve in lieu of a five star rating.

    9. The themes present in life during the grips of post-WWI stricken Austria (poverty, death, sickness, class distinctions); are sadly harsh realties that are also relatable in the modern day. Stefan Zweig explores the story of Christine, a poor 28-year-old Austrian woman who briefly enjoys the lap of luxury with her Aunt on a vacation but then is sent back to her lower-class private hell in, “The Post-Office Girl”. Zweig’s “The Post Office Girl” is nothing short of a literary classic—a [...]

    10. I wanted to read something by Stefan Zweig because his writing was apparently the inspiration for ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, one my favourite films of 2014. I picked ‘The Post Office Girl’ because a brief plot description proved intriguing: an impoverished young woman works at a post office. She is whisked away from her life of drudgery for a holiday by a rich relative, then has to go back to her old life. A simple plot, but one rife with dramatic possibility. From the Wes Anderson film [...]

    11. The Post Office Girl is a story about a poor, young postal worker, Christine, who gets the chance of a lifetime to have a very brief, but wonderfully transforming vacation from her poverty-stricken life. She is allowed to taste luxury and all that money can buy in a world of wealth and happiness she has never known. This story takes place in Austria after WW1 and is an indictment against Austrian society, or society in general, and the way it allowed the soldiers of WW1 and their families to flo [...]

    12. “Happiness can reach a pitch so great that any further happiness can’t be felt. Pain, despair, humiliation, disgust, and gear are no different.”What a beautifully dark and heart-wrenching tale this was! Like other Stefan Zweig novels that i have read even this had a strange impact on me. I felt restless while reading this. Neither i could continue reading nor could I stop. I loved the way how he forces his readers to get involved with his characters and their story even if they don’t wan [...]

    13. Cristine vive una vita modesta, monotona e piatta come l'arredamento dell'ufficio postale in cui lavora: identico a quello di ogni sperduto paesino austriaco. Giornate trascinate e nessuno obiettivo. Poi, all'improvviso un telegramma(view spoiler)[Un invito da parte di una zia emigrata da tempo in America a passare qualche giorno di vacanza a Pontresina cambia la vita di Cristine che per la prima volta esce dal paesino.L'impatto con il lusso e la spensieratezza propria di chi non deve pensare a [...]

    14. تاريخ القراءة الأصلي : ٢٠١٠قصة رومنسية خفيفة ولكنها مضخمة بروائح الفلسفة الآلمانية الميتافيزيقية

    15. " But it might be better not to know you're so poor, so disgustingly poor and wretched." -- Christine This story, which takes place in Austria following World War One, centers around Christine (a lowly post office worker) and the internal psychological warfare she battles over the widened gaps between the social classes and economic equality. At 28, she lives a dreary, poverty-stricken existence dividing her time between work and caring for an ailing mother in their shared one room dwelling. Res [...]

    16. Would it really be a kindness to take a person living their entire life thus far in dull poverty and transport them for 8 days into the very lap of capitalistic luxury, in full knowledge that at the end of the vacation, they would be returned to their previous life?Christine was one such person, living in post-war Austria with her ailing mother, knowing nothing but poverty and a dreary job in her little town's post office. Her wealthy American aunt, having a sudden attack of conscience, decides [...]

    17. Author examined the 1920s Austrian conditions and mentality. The characters, Christine and Ferdinand, are at an impasse in their youthful lives. Both (twenty-eight to thirty years old) remember better, hopeful times of earned prosperity and landed security, but that was innocently lost through a force external to them (WWI and its conditions afterward) through no fault of their own and is without recourse to reclaim it. While Christine has meager but steady employment in a village post office th [...]

    18. I really liked how I didn't know where this was going for the longest time. Right up until the end, really. Oh, the bitterness! I loved it. So many quotable passages.(view spoiler)[Although how great wouldn't it have been if he'd killed her in the post office upon seeing all that cash, and robbed the place? I really thought that would happen. (hide spoiler)]

    19. Non fatevi incantare dalla fascetta che ricorda come Wes Anderson si sia ispirato a questo romanzo per il suo Grand Budapest Hotel, non fatevi ingannare dalla quarta di copertina con un sobrio "la riscoperta di un capolavoro perduto del novecento". "Estasi di libertà" è un libro che non ha bisogno di queste fanfare, dal momento che riesce a difendersi bene anche semplicemente grazie al suo contenuto. Tanto più che, lo dico subito così nessuno rimane deluso, con il film di Wes Anderson pratic [...]

    20. “Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the Lord?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” Proverbs 30:8-9 (NIV)This is a brilliant, thought provoking novel. It is a story of the haves and the have-nots, a story of contrasting fortunes. Yet there is no moral high ground. No one is right or wrong. The rich are supercilious and shallow. [...]

    21. 4.5*There is a saying which tells us that what we've never had, we will never miss, which is probably true, but once having experienced the good life, how can anyone return to a boring and mundane existence without a sense of longing for what has been lost.Christine, an impoverished post office worker in a small Austrian town, is to learn that for her, this saying is proved to be heartbreakingly true, because having been given a taste of the pleasures money can buy, and then having those things [...]

    22. Most of the positive reaction to this book involves the setting, the time, the basic concept of Cinderella at the ball and some mention of the fact that it is "well written". Faced with a wealth of reviews you have the ability to make an informed decision about reading this, if you pay attention closely. What you don't hear about is the fact that Zweig leads the reader through each predictable situation by the nose, elimininating the engagement that might otherwise be present in a book that hold [...]

    23. Novel in two parts. The second part gave the story an extra dimension and a 5th star.After having read Zweig's "Chess Story", his memoir “The World of Yesterday” and his fabulous "Shooting Stars" (collection of small historical episodes with huge impact) it's getting impossible for me not to regard Zweig as one of the most underrated writers of the 20th century (I know he was popular in his own time, but I mean he's underrated nowadays, in -era)Each of these four (above mentioned) books are [...]

    24. 'En la escuela aprendía y pensaba cuanto querían los maestros. En la guerra hice los pasos y movimientos que me ordenaban. En el cautiverio sólo soñaba ferozmente: ¡salir de aquí!, y uno se cansaba de tanta inactividad, y después sólo trabajé para otros, de manera absurda e inútil, sólo para conseguir un poco de alimento y para pagar el aire que respiramos.' 'El Estado ha cometido crímenes enormes contra todos nosotros, contra nuestra generación, de suerte que tenemos todo el derech [...]

    25. Değişim Rüzgârı, Zweig'ın sayısı az olan romanlarından biri. Okurken yine başarılı psikolojik tahliller görmeniz mümkün; fakat bunun yanında toplumsal sınıflar arasındaki farkı, ekonomik düzeyler arasındaki uçurumu, savaşın nasıl yıkıcı etkilere sahip olduğunu da okuyorsunuz. Kitap aslında iki bölümden oluşuyor. İlk bölümde Christine'in kabuğundan çıkışı, yaşadığı çevreden çok farklı bir çevreye adım atışı, bir posta memurunun zenginler aras [...]

    26. Terribly disappointed with Mr. Stefan Zweig. What started so interestingly has been destroyed by his failure to edit his own writing. As John Banville suggested in The Guardian, this is overwritten. Roughly twice the length it should be.

    27. I feel a bit mixed about this book. I know that Zweig doesn't lack critics, I've haven't yet read the Michael Hofmann take down but I will soon, and at first I was prepared to disagree with them here. I thought then that the book was an interesting look at the interwar period from a voice perhaps closer to the public that the more experimental, bohemian, elite works coming after WWI. At the same time the depiction of the despair the war, and fate, caused for Christine was very powerful. This is [...]

    28. I liked this book a lot. It has many excellent qualities and it's themes and implications resonate as strongly now as when it was written. We live in a time when people are suddenly elevated to the vapid realms of celebrity because they have appeared on a particular television programme; had a liaison with a President or marry someone wealthy. The newspapers which feel they have delivered fame to these people always follow the trajectory of an arc. The adoration reaches a peak and then, with rut [...]

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