David Brin – The Postman (audiobook)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

This is the story of a lie that became the most powerful kind of truth.  A timeless novel as urgently compelling as War Day or Alas, Babylon, David Brin’s The Postman is the dramatically moving saga of a man who rekindled the spirit of America through the power of a dream, from a modern master of science fiction.

He was a survivor–a wanderer who traded tales for food and shelter in the dark and savage aftermath of a devastating war.  Fate touches him one chill winter’s day when he borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker to protect himself from the cold.  The old, worn uniform still has power as a symbol of hope, and with it he begins to weave his greatest tale, of a nation on the road to recovery.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www. Izvēlējos no Top 100 Sci-Fi Books grāmatu listes.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4/5

Mana recenzija (pārdomas)/My (thoughts) review

Postapokaliptiskā pasaulē cilvēki un sabiedrība ir atsviesta pāris gadu simtus atpakaļ pagātnē. Un cēlonis šādiem bēdīgiem apstākļiem ir bijis samērā īss, bet ārkārtīgi postošs pasaules mēroga karš ar kodolieroču dalību arīdzan. Tomēr šķiet, ka lielākais iemesls, kāpēc iestājās tāds pagrimums un valsts sabrukums, bija pašu iedzīvotāju panika, radikalizēšanās un spēka pielietošana pie resursu trūkuma.

Šī stāsta galvenais varonis Gordons ir klejotājs, kurš izdzīvo un pārtiek gan no paša spēkiem noķertā, gan no citu labvēlības pretī sniegdams izdomātas leģendas un citus pekstiņus. Bet, kad Gordons nejauši atrod kādreizēja pastnieka mantas un apģērbu, viss mainās un rodas ideja par vēl pastāvošu(atjaunotu) ASV valstis, un kā pastnieks viņš ir tās pārstāvis. Laikos bez elektrības un motorizētas pārvietošanās, cilvēki ir noilgojušies pēc saziņas ar nošķirtajiem draugiem un radiem, un Gordons savā jaunajā lomā ir viņu cerību mērķis.

Savā ceļā viņš sastop gan tādus cilvēkus, kuri pašu spēkiem izveidojuši veiksmīgi darbojošos kopienu, kura ir tendēta uz dzīves apstākļu uzlabošanu un sadarbību, gan tieši pretēji, tādus, kuri, lai apmierinātu savu vajadzību pēc dažādiem resursiem, tā vietā pielietos ieročus un lodes. Gordons saprot, ka mūžīgi izlikties un uzturēt (aizvien jaunus) melus nespēs. -> Mana cerība, ka viņš pats sapratīs, ka ir jaunās valsts veidotājs vai vismaz aizsācējs, diemžēl nepiepildījās.

Interesanti, ka autors savam tēlam izvēlējies pastnieka profesiju; droši vien attiecīgajam laikam atbilstoši. Domājas tagad izvēle varētu atšķirties, kaut gan, ja nevari izmantot modernās saziņas iespējas, pasts varētu būt tas, pie kā vērsties. :)

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In a post apocalyptic world where people and society is thrown back some hundred years in the past, and the reason for such miserable circumstances was a short but devastating war (also with a use nuclear weapons. But the biggest reason why the country fell was the panic of citizens themselves; plus the radicalization of some and them using power to gain resources.

This book’s main character Gordon is a traveler who survives by his own and also from goodwill of other people he meets in exchange telling them fictional stories and legends. But everything changes when he accidentally finds mail, other stuff and clothes of some prewar postman. Gordon comes up with an idea about renewed USA, and that he as the postman is one of their representatives. After such a long time without electricity and motorized transport and now isolate, people miss the communication with their friends and relatives elsewhere. And Gordon is the target of their hopes.

While travelling Gordon meets people of opposite spectrum; those that have successfully created sustainable communities and are willing to cooperate, and those who choose to use guns and bullets to get what they want. Gordon realizes that he can’t keep up with new lies and pretend about what he is -> My hopes that Gordon would understand that he himself is the one who could create or at least the initiator didn’t come true.

It’s interesting that the author chose the postman to be the profession of the main character. Probably today that choice would be different, although without electricity and technologies the only way to communicate in far distances might just be the postman. :)

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