The Postmistress, any of you read it?

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The Postmistress, any of you read it?

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feb 28, 2011, 3:05 pm

I just started The Postmistress, a novel set on WWII, have any of you read it? I´m on page 50 and so far I am liking it!

feb 28, 2011, 3:12 pm

Yes, I read this great book in Dec 2010. This book would make a great movie I believe. I could not put the book down until the last page. This is a book that when you get to the last page you wish their was an immediate sequel. But all pales once the war is over in any event. I love historical novels and this is truly a great one.............

feb 28, 2011, 11:45 pm

Sorry to disagree but I found The Postmistress to be a real disappointment compared to other novels set during World War II -- It didn't have the same sense of urgency or "life in the balance" somehow.

The radio newscaster character reporting from London was somewhat compelling but the other characters were lukewarm. (In fairness, perhaps the author intended the stateside characters to symbolize the US' pre-Pearl Harbor isolationist stance?)

I had somewhat the same experience reading The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff. In both books, the war was used as more of a plot convenience than a driving force in the story-- Read The Siege by Helen Dunmore, set during the Siege of Leningrad, and I think you'll see what I mean.

mar 4, 2011, 7:03 pm

I have to agree with infogal, I was very disappointed with The Postmistriss especially after reading some very good reviews on the book.

mar 5, 2011, 5:39 pm

Me third. Perhaps I read it too soon after A Fierce Radiance, a novel about the search for methods of mass producing penicillin for WWII, or Blackout and All Clear, which are sci-fi, but have fabulous detail about how Londoners survived the Blitz. The Postmistress was just okay.