The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman, Denis Thériault
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Denis Thériault

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman

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Bilodo lives a solitary daily life, routinely completing his postal rounds every day and returning to his empty Montreal apartment. But he has found a way to break the cycle — Bilodo has taken to stealing people's mail, steaming open the envelopes, and reading the letters inside. And so it is he comes across Ségolène's letters. She is corresponding with Gaston, a master poet, and their letters are each composed of only three lines. They are writing each other haikus. The simplicity and elegance of their poems move Bilado and he begins to fall in love with her. But one day, out on his round, he witnesses a terrible and tragic accident. Just as Gaston is walking up to the post-box to mail his next haiku to Ségolène, he is hit by a car and dies on the side of the road. And so Bilodo makes an extraordinary decision — he will impersonate Gaston and continue to write to Ségolène under this guise. But how long can the deception continue for? Denis Thériault weaves a passionate and elegant tale, comic and tragic with a love story at its heart.
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Interesting read, great concept, lovely, charming prose.

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Excellently thought out novel that kept me fascinated from beginning to end. The entire story is written in a style that allows it to be compared to Japanese literary masters.

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Guilherme Santana Gomes
Guilherme Santana Gomeshas quotedyesterday
But above all there were love letters. Because even after Valentine’s Day, love remained the most common denominator, the subject linking the greatest number of pens. Love in every grammatical form and every possible tone, dished up in every imaginable shape: passionate letters or courteous ones, sometimes suggestive and sometimes chaste, either calm or dramatic, occasionally violent, often lyrical, and especially moving when the feelings were expressed in simple terms, and never quite so touching as when the emotions hid between the lines, burning away almost invisibly behind a screen of innocuous words.
Margaret Gohman
Margaret Gohmanhas quoted5 days ago
consult numerous books containing haiku at the library – books translated from the Japanese, grouping together well-known authors such as Matsuo Basho, Taneda Santoka, Nagata Koi
Margot Meanders
Margot Meandershas quoted9 months ago
How did one go about becoming a poet, Bilodo

wondered. Was it something you could learn? Maybe there was a course called Haiku 101?

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