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4.0 out of 5 stars Written With Such Emotion, 22 Jun. 2009
This review is from: The Post Office Girl (Paperback)
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It's a crying shame that this book has not been published in English before now - written prior to 1948, published first in German in 1982 and this publication in English in 2008. Stefan Zweig - if translation is accurate - is an accomplished writer who fills the pages with feeling and emotion.

Had I read the back cover the words " . . . haunting yet compassionate reworking of the Cinderella story . . ." I may not have bothered choosing to read this book as I would have found the comment a little romantically off-putting for a such a serious work as Austria just after World War One. This is not a Cinderella story, and in my opinion should not have been linked as such, it's not a rags to riches romance it's rags, rags and more rags with a ten day spell of opulence, courtesy of an aunt, back to rags and an encounter with a man that is certainly not a romantic experience. The storyline I found easy to get into and felt it flowed well through a desperately lonely and unfulfilling life of Christine, the Post Office Girl.

I know little of Zweig's personal life but feel that the book must run fairly parallel to his life in that the feeling of desperation, despair and hopelessness written into the book can only be from personal experience, especially when a pact of suicide is planned in the book and the fact that Zweig and his wife carried this out, such a feeling of hopeless sadness.

The only reason I gave this book four and not five stars is because of the ending. Without spoiling it for any potential readers, the end could so easily have been the beginning of part two of the story and carried on with how the couple did or didn't make their way through Europe after the excellently detailed plans at the end of the book. The ending I found very lacking and in fact could have been left this way because the author had died and not finished his work to a state of publication.

Zweig is a top quality writer and would recommend this book to all who appreciate a superior novel of notable worth.
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