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Hitler didn't twigg on about that either!! But then how many Jews stood up on trains in and announced to the world in general they were Jews? I think they were too busy trying to escape and go unnoticed. There are blunders on EVERY page, one book in the universe that I would happily toss on a fire during Krystal nacht, or was that just the Nazi way of cataloguing books? This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [why did the author use the expression 'loo' to her 6 year old neighbour?

This wasn't a popular phrase until the s! Anyone else agree??

Eleanor Oxford dictionary says s. See all 4 questions about The Postmistress…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. There are tons of great stories set during WWII. This is not one of them. It's not even much of a story, it just sort of meanders and then peters out. The main characters aren't much more than plot devices or symbols; in fact, the only people worth caring about are the mostly nameless refugees fleeing the Nazis, and the Londoners living through the Blitz.

The sections of the book focusing on them are actually great. But if you want a book about a fascinating female character during the war, read There are tons of great stories set during WWII. But if you want a book about a fascinating female character during the war, read Charlotte Grey.

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If you want a book about a small town affected by the war, read the Guernsey Literary Potato whatever book. If you want a book that focuses on the tragedy of the Holocaust, read Sarah's Key. If you want a book about nothing, read this one. View all 21 comments. Apr 18, Alexis rated it did not like it. This books leaves way too much to be desired. Blake's book is purportedly a gripping glimpse into the lives of three women whose experiences during the second world war become interconnected.

Unfortunately the only thing gripping about this book was the overwhelming sense of confusion that envelopes the reader in his or her attempt to understand why this woman's book was actually published. The attempted interconnectedness between the three main characters is contrived, forced, and unconvincing. Blake seems to spend so much time trying to to tie these disparate stories together that she fails to create characters that deserve attention or encourage the reader become the least bit invested in where the character ends up. My lasting impressions of the book were: 1.

Why is it called The Postmistress when the postmaster is never referred to thusly? Overall, I felt quite angry that I wasted my time on this book. View all 5 comments.


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The year is Bombs are falling on London shattering buildings, followed by a silence that is almost deafening. Folks huddle in underground shelters waiting for the next explosion, reeking of fear, despair hanging heavy in the air. All of them waiting for the "All Clear" siren to sound so they can venture outside to discover who and what has been destroyed with this latest blitz.

Meanwhile, life goes on as usual in a small town in Massachusetts. Most who live here hold firm in the belie The year is Most who live here hold firm in the belief that the war will not touch them. But it will. It does. The absurdities of life, the change in perspective as losses are sustained, leaving other lives in pieces. The sense of orderliness that is so at home in the post office, juxtaposed against the madness of war across the ocean. View all 22 comments. This was such a moving story. I just wanted to close the book, lie back and just think about it. And even now, I still do not want to clutter up this story with my own words.

So I will begin by adding the opening of the book as the beginning of what kept me reading through the night, long into the beautiful day outside, with in between a quick return to reality to answer the phone and do some work. I was impatient to get back to it. In the very last paragraph of the author's notes in the book, she explains the inspiration for the book and the message we can take away. For me it is a perfect blurb as well. Here is the war story I never filed. I began it at the end of the forties, when I could see quite clearly, and charged myself with getting it right, getting it sharper, all this while.

And the girl I was—Frankie Bard, radio gal—lives on these pages as someone I knew, once How Iris and Frankie come to betray everything they stand for—that mail must be delivered, that truth must be reported—is the war story I hoped to tell. It is the story that lies around the edges of the photographs, or at the end of the newspaper account. And what, in the end, do we do? I loved the integrity of the prose, the balanced portrayal of all the characters, and the deeply touching story it was all centered around.

View all 11 comments. Aug 16, Amy rated it liked it. Snooze fest. I had a difficult time finishing this book. And, in the end, I never really "got it. Three storylines wove together in the small Cape Cod town of Franklin in the months leading up to the U. So, there were 3 opportunities for catharsis. I had zero. Blake managed to draw things out for one of the two love stories so that by the time the character comes to terms with her loss, the reader thinks "weeep womp.

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Long time coming Snooze fest. Long time coming. Elsewhere's kid with a snow globe without the provocation. That leaves us with the big story line, about a war reporter, Frankie, stationed in London during the blitz. She records voices of refugees, Jews. Can you imagine a detail of the plot that could lead to more emotional explosions? Some of these scenes were emotional and powerful, but Blake was trying to show Frankie had carried the emotions home with her, and it was leading her to make some realization about life. I just didn't ever get a clear sense of what that was. There were some well written, beautiful scenes.

Actually, all of the language was rich, and in small doses, I really enjoyed it. But, as I came closer to the end, I wanted closure. I wanted to feel like all the time I had invested in the novel was leading towards something provocative. Something that touched me. Something I could relate to. I never got that. I never connected with Frankie. The ending wasn't worthy of the build-up. View all 13 comments. Feb 15, Dorie - Traveling Sister : rated it really liked it Shelves: all-time-favorite , historical-fiction.

I listened to this book on audio. This book really delivered. Takes place during WWII but is incredibly unique. Iris James in Franklin, Cape Cod, watches the comings and goings of her town. The people here think that the war won't touch them. They are quite ignorant of what is going on in Europe. She takes the train and gets as far and Germany, then is turned back.

All along the way she meets Jews who tell her a story s I listened to this book on audio. All along the way she meets Jews who tell her a story she is horrified by. When she comes back she takes a long time off and isn't sure what to do with the discs of interviews that she has recorded. I liked listening because I could hear the accents of all of the people, their emotions and their terror.

Her life coincides with Iris whose husband volunteered in London. Very interesting characters and good story line. Highly recommend this historical fiction. View all 8 comments. Emma has just married Will, a doctor on Cape Cod. She wants to make a good impression on the people there, and make a good home for her husband. Iris is the Postmaster of the same town Emma moves to, and watches over the people of the town.

Frankie is a reporter in London during the Blitzkrieg, experiencing some of the horrors of war while trying to report on them. As the story moves along, the lives of these three women intersect around letters.

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It is up to the reader to decide if the decisions the characters make are good and wise. It grabbed, and kept, my attention. Sarah Blake painted vivid pictures of bombings, train rides, ocean views, etc. Her research brings this period of history alive.

All three of the main characters in this book have compelling stories and they are people I will not soon forget. This is a book to read again! View 2 comments. Feb 15, Chanda rated it liked it. Aaa www I've been sitting here for three full minutes vacillating between two stars and one. It was o. The dilemma stems from the writing. The c Aaa www The characters are easy to see and easier to love.

Right away you become invested in them and in their lives. I love a book that makes me a champion for the characters in it and this one does it right from the beginning. The problem is that she forgot the story. Blake did such a great job developing wonderful characters and creating beautiful sentences that she forgot to form up a plot.

There's no story. It just keeps going on- beautifully, of course, but eventually beautiful becomes redundant and then I hate to say it boring. I liked that there were a lot of characters, each with his or her own story, each with his or her own ending. What I didn't like was that out of all of those characters not one of them got a happy ending. I get it that the years leading up to U. One happy ending out of all of those people- surely no one would have taken Blake's birthday away for sticking in one puny little positive future?

But after all that, if you're looking for something that proves that the English language, when shaped by the right hands, can be beautiful, and flowing and completely encompassing- this is the one- read this book, because it is an awesome show of word smithing. It is well thought out, heart wrenching, thought provoking, stunning, well researched, literally breathtaking Jan 10, [Shai] Bibliophage rated it liked it Shelves: english-novels , books-read Usually I can finish reading a book in several days, maybe a week or more.

For this book, it took me almost 2 months to finished maybe because the beginning of the story isn't that engrossing. The mid part till the end is the better part of the book, where the real action begins. I've read several war related fiction novels or real memoir novels before, but this one is a little mild compared to them. The story of the news correspondence Frankie isn't mind-boggling, rather it is just mediocre. I Usually I can finish reading a book in several days, maybe a week or more.

I gave a fair rating to this novel because I appreciated the several lessons related to the war that the author wants to convey. Apr 14, Maggie rated it did not like it Shelves: historical. This book has the potential to be great, but it's not. I had to force myself to finish it. This book read like a rough draft. Unfortunately, it was almost unreadable for me. I was interested in all of the main characters, but because the author jumped from different points of view so often, I felt like none of the characters were actually very developed. We only got a glimpse of each one.

Also, there were many scenes that felt the This book has the potential to be great, but it's not. Also, there were many scenes that felt the same way. Maybe the author tried to rush this book to the press or something, but I think it would have been much better with some rewriting. Also, the dialogue all sounded fake to me. Not realistic at all. One of the male characters, upon feeling vulnerable says he feels "naked as a girl. I get that it's the 40s, but you can't just make up phrases.

This book should have been longer. The characters should have been better developed.

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The dialogue should have been more realistic. Then it could've been great, because the actual story and plot has a lot of potential! View all 3 comments. I found this to be a gripping read, exploring the emotions of several people, mainly radio reporter Frankie Bard, as they see the impact of war and struggle with their own responses to what they see. The sections describing the beginning of radio reporting with Edward R. Murrow, and the confusion and chaos of Jewish refugees trying to escape the Nazis are powerful and riveting.

The title is misleading, as is the premise that this story is mainly about a "postmistress who chooses not to deliver t I found this to be a gripping read, exploring the emotions of several people, mainly radio reporter Frankie Bard, as they see the impact of war and struggle with their own responses to what they see. The title is misleading, as is the premise that this story is mainly about a "postmistress who chooses not to deliver the mail. Frankie Bard, on the other hand, is a character not soon to be forgotten.

Jan 16, Janice rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction , favorites-of Like many others have noted, this book started slowly for me, and was a little confusing at first. But by the end, I loved it, and the stories it told. Set in the years just before the U. The heartbreaking stories of Jewish refugees fleeing the advance of Hitler's armies is central to the life of one of the women, while the other two watch and listen, via the nightly radio broadc Like many others have noted, this book started slowly for me, and was a little confusing at first.

The heartbreaking stories of Jewish refugees fleeing the advance of Hitler's armies is central to the life of one of the women, while the other two watch and listen, via the nightly radio broadcasts from London, under the Blitz. This book is rich in detail, and made many aspects of this horrible time in history that was not so long ago more real. View all 4 comments. After reading many of the mixed reviews of this book I was hesitant to read it. It has sat on my shelf since I finally picked it up and boy am I glad I did.

This book grabbed me, pulled at my heartstrings and wouldn't let go. It is set in before the US has entered the war and focuses on three different American women. Two of the women live on Cape Cod and the third is a reporter who travels to London du 4. Two of the women live on Cape Cod and the third is a reporter who travels to London during The Blitz and then on to parts of Europe where she experiences and reports on the evacuation of the many Jews during this time.

She tells stories of many individuals but she never knows how the story ends. She reports and then moves on to the next story. But the people in them go on and on. And what happens next? What happens? The women living on Cape Cod are the postmistress who has a need to keep everything in order and a young insecure doctor's wife who is forced to find her way in the world alone. Their lives unfold throughout the novel slowly uniting the three of them. This is a story that shows how war disrupts order and leaves loose threads that don't make sense individually but collectively they do.

It is a beautifully written, thought-provoking novel. A favorite quote: "Whatever is coming does not just come, as you say. It's helped by people willfully looking away. People who develop the habit of swallowing lies rather than the truth. The minute you start thinking something else, then you've stopped paying attention and paying attention is all we've got. Jul 27, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: wwii. I didn't hate this book.

I love WWII historical fiction about women, and the idea behind this novel is really pretty interesting and compelling. But - I am SO SICK of these characters in modern novels about WWII that are so "compassionate" and that act like they understand the war and the horrors that came with it so much better than everyone else around them. It just feels so contrived to me.

It comes off as preachy and somewhat historically unrealistic - it always makes it seem very clea Okay. It comes off as preachy and somewhat historically unrealistic - it always makes it seem very clear to me that the book was written about WWII from a modern viewpoint. It makes me dislike the characters that I am supposed to be rooting for which in this book was Frankie's character, though other examples of this are Trudy from Those Who Save Us and Julia from Sarah's Key. You should care about it and be devastated like I am! I felt like Iris' character was undeveloped - what was the point of the certificate?

I don't know - maybe it was just me, but I finished the book thinking that I didn't really know much more about her as a woman than I did at the beginning of the book. Also, at the beginning there was some really obvious historical context thrown in - this sentance in particular felt clumsy to me: "There had been so many sensational and fake atrocity stories written about Germany during the First War, much of the press was chary of a story about deliberate, ominous action against the Jews now.

I think I'm being too harsh on this book, but all those petty things just added up and stopped me from really enjoying the book. The story itself felt a little unfocused and unfinished. But I didn't hate it, and I think it's certainly worth a read. View 1 comment.

Shelves: audiobook , historical-fiction , reviewed , tear-jerkers , ww2 , library-books , , at-the-office , owned. I discovered this book after reading a friend's glowing review of it. From her review, this sounded like a book that I would love, the kind that I gravitate toward, and for the most part, it fit the bill perfectly. This is a story that examines many sides of an issue, namely war and injustice, and how we're all, whether we know it or not, affected by that issue. We can ignore it, we can rail against it, or we can face it head on, but it will affect us just the same.

Sarah Blake tells her story w I discovered this book after reading a friend's glowing review of it. Sarah Blake tells her story with three different women, and three different storylines. The three women were real and felt honest and true, and they all spoke to me in different ways. I couldn't really identify much with Iris, honestly, as she is set in her ways and unbendable about a lot of things, content when her little environment is in order and content not to know what happens in the world outside her bubble.


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But I could understand, if I didn't agree, with her feelings on this, because it's easier to not know the terrible things that we can do to each other. In contrast to Iris is Frankie, a war reporter who wants to show the world what is REALLY going on in Europe, and make it personal, so that people will stand up and be outraged and want to stop it.

I identified most with her, because she was brave and honest and willing to try to make a difference. I loved her. Lastly, we have Emma, who was the outsider of the story. Newly married to the town doctor, she is the kind of link between the two extremes of Iris and Frankie.

I liked her character, she was plucky and brave in her own way, but innocent and small in a world that is much bigger than she is, and cruel. I loved the way that Blake brought the scenes and story to life. Maybe it was the reader, but I don't think so as I have some complaints about her. I think it was just her ability to portray life in a real way, and make us feel it. I got goosebumps listening to the soldiers when Frankie was with them on the watch-lines. There were also a great many deaths in this book that hurt.

I have an overactive empathy gland, I freely admit that, but when an author can bring me to care about a character in a chapter, or a few pages alone, to the point that I feel their loss when they die, I think that's saying something. It's always the personal stories that get to me when I read books like this, and this one delivered so much in that vein that I almost felt overloaded at times.

As I'm sure Frankie did. I do think that sometimes the descriptive language went a little too far into floweriness. Blake would describe all the little things that one notices during times of stress, when time seems to slow or stop, like the ticking of a clock, or the bang of a shutter, but it seemed to be just a little too flowery in the way that it was described. Just a bit less wouldn't have been as distracting to me, and would have allowed me to focus on what was being said, not how it was relayed.

The last quarter of the book lost a little steam for me as well. I wanted it to pull all of the storylines together with a grand finale ending, but instead it was more like a regular firework show that just ends. It's satisfying, because it is beautiful to watch and experience, but it's just missing that little something to tie it all together and let you know it's over. Listening to this on audio, the reader went straight into an afterword, and I had to rewind a bit and listen again before I realized that it wasn't part of the story.

The reader was a little bit disappointing to me. She did a good job, but frequently, her conversation tone was very different from how I'd have "heard" the same dialogue if I was reading it. Every female seemed to sound a little unsure, questioning and apologetic.

Every male seemed to sound smug and sure and condescending, especially when it was a male news-guy talking to Frankie - even when you could tell that they had a rapport and seemed almost as equals. Will was the exception to this rule, but he was one of the few main male characters, so maybe he got his own personality to the reader No purpose whatsoever. Something is always coming. The implication, of course, is that this is wrong. Frankie felt passionately that the States should have been involved in the war long before they were, hence her desire to tell the everyday stories in an attempt to tell the people home how everyday life in Europe was terrifying.

It is written well, and the story is engaging. Personally, though, I really like something with at least a glimmer of hope. Early in their marriage, the doctor gets called out to help with a childbirth, and the mother dies. Frankie runs into the doctor in a bomb shelter, and, after they emerge in the morning, after some engaging conversation all on the up and up, just talking about life and whatnot , Frankie sees the doctor die — he gets hit by a car. While trying to help him, she finds the last letter he wrote to Emma. Frankie forgets to mail the letter because she gets sent on a big assignment almost right away after she sits in her apartment pondering the randomness of life and then starts her period, one clot of blood in her underpants at a time.

After carrying the letter all over Europe, she takes it home and goes to Franklin with the intention of delivering the letter. Frankie, who writes the introduction and conclusion in the first person, says at the end of the book —. I knocked and she answered and I looked at her and did not speak. I carried it but I never let it go. It lies unopened here on my desk. And it just really, really annoys me that Frankie kept that letter.

Frankie stole that letter from Emma, the last words that her husband ever wrote to her, basically just because she felt like it. And really, it was weird little things like that that really turned me off this book. The doctor dies. Frankie keeps the letter.

Then, Harry dies of a heart attack for no reason. In the end, there are just three depressed women hanging out being depressed. This book sounds super bizarre! I just always thought it was something they put on fiction books that might look like they could be non-fiction. Which I realize now is pretty stupid haha. Like Like. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Primary Menu Skip to content. Leon, Donna Lewis, C. Shea, K. Snyder, Maria V. Wrede, Patricia C. The descriptions of London life during this tumultuous and terrifying time are wonderful — A draft of night air hit her, and the sounds of bombs falling now, further along to the west.