Set on a small Italian island, exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda receives so much fan mail that a personal postman, Mario Ruoppolo, is hired to deliver his letters. Mario, smitten by Beatrice Russo, turns to Pablo for help writing poetry that would help him win the heart of the woman he longs for. Soon after, Mario and the barmaid fall in love and wed. In the third act, influenced by Pablo's works, Mario begins writing political poems and while reciting at a communist demonstration, violence breaks out and he receives a gunshot wound, killing him. His route to creating the work began when he first saw the film Il Postino and thought it would make a good opera. However, at the time he was in the midst of composing Florencia en el Amazonas and then received a commission from Houston Grand Opera for his fourth opera Salsipuedes which premiered in
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Katherine Silver Translator. The Postman Il Postino is a bittersweet tale of first love ignited by the power and passion of Pablo Neruda's timeless poetry.
Unlike the other men of his village, Mario balks at the prospect of life as a fisherman, choosing instead to become the postman for a beautiful island, just off the mainland. Although the island has a number of inhabitants, Mario has only one post The Postman Il Postino is a bittersweet tale of first love ignited by the power and passion of Pablo Neruda's timeless poetry.
Although the island has a number of inhabitants, Mario has only one postal customer, the only literate resident, who is also Chile's most beloved poet, Pablo Neruda, who is living in exile.
The friendship between the postman and the poet blossoms, Mario begs Neruda for advice on how best to woo the voluptuous young barmaid, Beatriz, with whom Mario has fallen in love. As Neruda tutors him in the finer lessons of love, Mario discovers that he too has a gift for poetry. Soon the island air is thick with the exchange of sensuous metaphors. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published June 1st by Miramax Books first published More Details Original Title.
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Happy New Year to all my good reads friends. For the second year in a row I have set my goodreads reading challenge to one book. Reading is supposed to be fun and provide an escape from whatever is going on in ones life at the moment.
Even a lengthy nonfiction history book when told by a master can read like a story and can lead to hours of joyful reading. I want my reading to be stress free and not a slave to a challenge that tells me that I am either ten books behind or ahead of schedule. Getting past that, I needed to read a romance for a challenge in the group catching up on classics and lots more.
Romance is not a genre I generally read so when I found out that the movie The Postman Il Postino had been based on a novella, I knew it was just the book for the challenge.
I saw the film Il Postino when it first came out in the s. Set on the eve of the Chilean revolution in a fishing village off Isla Negra, the book turned film features an unlikely friendship between young Mario Jimenez and poet laureate Pablo Neruda. Most men in this village are fishermen but Mario Jimenez does not want to fish. His father, a fisherman, tells him to get a job, and he answers an advertisement for a postman to deliver the mail to Pablo Neruda on Isla Negra.
Jimenez enlists the poet to help him woo his first love interest Beatriz Gonzalez and in this they are successful. In politics threatened to derail the sleepy fishing village. Meanwhile, the social democrats threaten the socialist way of life and one does not know who he can trust. With increased income coming now that the tavern has turned into a small restaurant, Rosa Gonzalez buys a television, allowing her patrons to see news of the outside world.
Mario has his eye on the world and the other eye on Beatriz, as the couple continues to live in a constant blissful honeymoon state. What results is a luscious prose coupled with a unique premise for a story that oozes sensuality and speaks of a touching multi-generational friendship. The scenes in Isla Negra flow with poetry in motion, allowing for memorable scenes on the big screen.
Yet, in the film, Jimenez is just the narrator; in the novella there is even more poetry, which makes the words even more of a gem to read. Antonio Skarmeta was exiled to Germany following the military coup to overthrow President Allende in September During that week, Pablo Neruda died. Some believe that he took his life rather than face a new reality of Chile under military dictatorship. This, the world will never know. As a sympathizer of the Allende government, Skarmeta has created a memorable story although one that is most likely more known as a gorgeous film.
Il Postino was a touching way to start my reading year and even checks off a box on a challenge in a genre I do not generally enjoy to read. View all 21 comments. A small book that is both humorous and poignant. A mix of Neruda's poetry and the wooing of a young girl by the young man who delivers the mail to him.
Neruda, of course get involved. Politics and the Allende government play a significant toll towards the end. Don't think I will ever think of metaphors in quite the same way. View all 4 comments. Jun 22, Teresa rated it really liked it. Forget the covers this book has accumulated mine is not this one, but a still from the movie of the postman with his bike. Forget the synopsis. This book hasn't much to do with the love of the postman for a woman, though that's how it starts off I found the sex scenes silly, but I believe they were intended to be, especially with the ending of the first and basically the whole of the 2nd.
It does have everything to do with the love for the poet Pablo Neruda by the Chilean people, as encapsul Forget the covers this book has accumulated mine is not this one, but a still from the movie of the postman with his bike. It does have everything to do with the love for the poet Pablo Neruda by the Chilean people, as encapsulated by the postman. Politics intrude it's only an undercurrent at first, as it would be in the average person's life and the ending is quite chilling in an understated way.
View all 6 comments. This has the sight, sound and smell of the sea. Set in a small coastal town in Chile, sometime the start of the 70's before the tourists came. It spills over from time to time. It says yes, then no, then no. It says yes, in blue, in foam, in a gallop. It says no, then no. It cannot be still. My name is sea, it repeats, striking a stone but not convincing it. Then with the seven green tongues, of seven green tigers, of seven green seas, it caresses it, ki This has the sight, sound and smell of the sea.
Then with the seven green tongues, of seven green tigers, of seven green seas, it caresses it, kisses it, wets it, and pounds on its chest, repeating its own name. You see the moon's reflection in the water, and you think about love.
There must then be a girl in this story, and she must be beautiful. Big-bosomed, fiery like a true latina. Think of a name, a romantic one like the moonlit sea. Here, she's the barmaid Beatriz--a name like that of the poet Dante Alighieri's great love. And since there's a girl, there must be a boy too. Here he's Mario, the postman. There is only one literate person in the entire town so Mario has only one customer. But what a customer! He's Pablo Neruda, "the greatest poet of the twentieth century--in any language" according to Gabriel Garcia Marquez , who receives mails the world over.
The sun, the moon and the sea! A beautiful girl!
The Postman (Il Postino) : A Novel
The day after principal photography ended, he suffered a fatal heart attack, and the film was completed and released posthumously. In , Pablo Neruda , the famous Chilean poet, is exiled to a small island in Italy for political reasons. His wife accompanies him. On the island, a local, Mario Ruoppolo, is dissatisfied with being a fisherman like his father.