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5.0 out of 5 stars Crisis? What crisis?, 28 Jan 2009
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There are some books which still feel relevant whenever they are read, no matter when they were written. This is one such book. Discovered after the author had committed suicide in 1942 after having fled Nazi Germany it is the tale of a girl, the 'Post Office Girl' of the title, who, for a few days, gets to experience the rich life in Switzerland before being dumped back into obscurity. It details the clash between feeling important and being someone because you have money, and the frustration and obscurity of those without money who feel cheated by the Austrian state. It is a tale of hope and despair, of dreams realised and broken. Set in 1926 with Austria in economic crisis due to the First World War it is truly a clash of cultures - between those who probably don't realise anything is wrong and those who feel it too keenly - the writing throws you straight into this situation and there is not a word out of place here. The plot is taut and carries you with it right inside the head of the Post Office Girl. I can't reccommend this book highly enough.
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Initial post: 1 Jul 2010 23:14:18 BDT
Lark says:
"Set in 1926 with Austria in economic crisis due to the First World War it is truly a clash of cultures - between those who probably don't realise anything is wrong and those who feel it too keenly"

Can you tell me more about what you mean about this? I'm intrigued.
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