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The Post Office Girl Paperback – 2 Feb 2009
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An extraordinary work...there's a volcanic energy to Zweig's writing...wholly mesmerising. (The Herald)
A far more powerful, worthwhile and enjoyable novel than our present bestsellers (David Sexton Evening Standard)
This haunting novel is a monument to Zweig's skill (Sunday Telegraph)
Language that pierces both brain and heart (The Spectator)
Stefan Zweig was a late and magnificent bloom from the hothouse of fin de siecle Vienna...The posthumous publication of a Zweig novel affords an opportunity to revisit this gifted writer...The Post Office Girl is captivating. (The Wall Street Journal)
Zweig is one of the masters of the short story and novella, and by 'one of the masters' I mean that he's up there with Maupassant, Chekhov, James, Poe, or indeed anyone you care to name. (Nicholas Lezard Guardian)
A brilliant writer. (New York Times)
I do think this is exceptional.There are scenes of hope and despair that are so lucid, powerful and alive. A classic. (Esther Freud)
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The second Act then takes us back to her home, now laid bare to her in all its privations, where she now sees her world brought into focus by a harsh comparison with al she had thought she had gained opnly to find it was borrowed on false pretences. And the loss of hope, the loss of her belief that her industriousness and frugality can earn her a better life make her ongoing mere existence unbearable.
So when exposed to another external influence, this time from another who has had his heart hardened in the forges of experience of social injustice, the post Office Girl's life takes another dramatic, and tragic, turn.
This book is almost unended. It was discovere as a manuscript after the author's suicide, and it is for us, the readers, to decide whether our characters continue on the paths embarked upon in its closing pages, or if there was a further Act to follw. It matters not a jot that there is a lack of a definitive conclusion - these characters are so well drawn, so easy to identify with across the divides of geography and time, that this remains fresh and telling, and evokes such a response that it is certainly a book I will return to.
I always feel a hallmark of a good book is how clearly it is remembered long after reading. I discussed this book with another reader some months aftre reading it for the first time, and cold still call to mind with minimal effort the pity, the pathos and the anger it evokes. Wonderful.
In part 2, she encounters Ferdinand, another angry and resentful individual; years stuck in Siberia as a result of the First World War have ruined his career opportunities.....
Up until the last page I was wondering what would happen, and it didn't go the way I expected! A highly compelling read.
I thought this quote would let the book speak for itself. This book grips you, it sweeps you away with the story as if it was your own life.