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The Post Office Girl: Stefan Zweig’s Grand Hotel Novel by [Zweig, Stefan]
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Length: 274 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Cinderella meets Bonnie and Clyde in Zweig's posthumous classic, available here in English for the first time. Christine toils in a provincial post office in Austria just after World War One, a country gripped by unemployment. Out of the blue, a telegram arrives from her rich American aunt inviting Christine to a resort in the Swiss Alps. Immediately she is swept up into a world of inconceivable wealth and unleashed desire. She feels herself utterly transformed: nothing is impossible. But then, abruptly, her aunt cuts her loose and Christine is forced to return to the Post office where nothing will ever be the same. In this haunting yet compassionate reworking of the Cinderella story, Zweig shows us the human cost of the boom and bust of capitalism. The Post Office Girl was completed during the 1930s as Zweig was driven by the Nazis into exile, and was found among his papers after his suicide in 1942. It is available here for the first time in English. '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, Checkhov, James, Poe or indeed anyone you care to name.' Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 646 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590172620
  • Publisher: Sort Of (18 August 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087GZJCS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #474 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This novel tells the story of Christine Hoflehner, a post office clerk, in a small village outside Vienna some years after World War One. Here Christine exists, sharing a dank attic with her ill mother. The war has stolen her father, her brother and her capacity to laugh. The war may have ended, but poverty has not: `Now it's creeping back out, hollow-eyed, broad-muzzled, hungry and bold, and eating what's left in the gutters of the war.'

Christine is roused from this existence by a telegram from her rich aunt, inviting her to a resort in the Swiss Alps. And here, she discovers life rather than existence. Alas, it cannot last, at least not in this form.

It's the telling of the story, by the impersonal narrator, that caught and then held fast my attention. Whatever other messages the reader takes from this story, it is impossible to ignore the tragedy and loss as a world shudders in response to one war, in a period which we 21st century readers know will soon be followed by another. It's a combination of this knowledge, Mr Zweig's prose, and speculation about his intentions in writing it but not seeking its publication that make this story so moving.

`Someone who's on top of the world isn't much of an observer: happy people are poor psychologists.'

Stefan Zweig wrote this novel in the aftermath of World War One, but it was not published in his lifetime. It was first published in Germany in 1982 and was published in English in 2008. Zweig committed suicide in a pact with his second wife in Brazil in 1942.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting to read how people, especially young people, were affected by being an innocent bystander through the war. Made me just stop and think. The ending was perfect, although I could have read more.
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By Wendy E. Evans TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 May 2016
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Good read, most interesting characters and story well written
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This is a great piece of writing - unfortunately it feels unfinished.
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By Noelene Turner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 February 2016
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Excellent story from beginning to end.
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