On Alicia’s recommendation, I bought The Postman for my kindle. It’s a short science fiction read that retells the post-apocalyptic adventures of Gordon Krantz as he adopts the persona of a United States mailman.
The book starts off beautifully. Gordon’s role as a mailman helps the desperate villages of our future fallen country feel established and connected with one another. Author David Brin does a great job of describing the people’s inspiration and hope that come with this unexpected man in uniform. Unfortunately, halfway through, Brin drops the hope theme to focus on a massive unrealistic battle against violent survivalists. I’m not sure I liked the change in direction.
What made me appreciate the book most was Gordon’s internal monologue as he struggled with his role of leadership. As he was never an actual mailman, he believed his position was based on a lie. While the lie undermined his confidence, it didn’t stop him from taking action when action was required. Is leadership something that’s taken because of necessity, belief, or internal values?
Apparently this was made into a film with Kevin Costner. Apparently it was horrible. If anyone’s seen it I’d love a recap!
I recommend the book. You should probably avoid the movie.