Mailman by J. Robert Lennon
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Albert Lippinscott is resident of Nestor, New York - mailman extraordinaire. But Albert has something to hide: his unfortunate habit of reading other people's mail. Now his supervisors are onto his letter-hoarding compulsion and he will soon have to confront his life's failures.

About J. Robert Lennon

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J. Robert Lennon is the author of "The Light of Falling Stars" & "The Funnies". He lives with his wife & children in Ithaca, NY.
Published October 1, 2003 by Granta Books. 448 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It’s been pretty much downhill ever since, until, at the turn of the century, divorced, living alone except for the crazed housecats bequeathed by a late girlfriend, Albert has succumbed to the unforgivable temptation of opening and reading the mail on his route.

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Mailman by J Robert Lennon 483pp, Granta, £15.99 "Going postal" is a new American usage.

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Entertainment Weekly

The postal service may not be the most alluring career choice, but at least it affords one plenty of time to think.

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Early in the novel we are told of his nervous breakdown and the theory that initiated it: The theory (as far as he can remember now) was that everything small was a mirror of something large and everything large a mirror of something small, that the world that could not be seen because it was tin...

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London Review of Books

Charles Bukowski’s butch, squalid autobiographical novel Post Office (1971) gives some idea of how this might have come about: ‘It was 12 hours a night, plus supervisors, plus clerks, plus the fact that you could hardly breathe in that pack of flesh, plus stale baked food in the “non-profit” cafe...

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