The Peculiar Life of A Lonely Postman

The Peculiar Life of A Lonely Postman

Book - 2014
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A beautifully tragic and thought-provoking tale that perfectly reflects the elegance and style of Murakami and the skill and plotting of Julian Barnes

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.

Publisher: London : Hesperus Nova, 2014
ISBN: 9781843915362
1843915367
Characteristics: 119 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Hawke, Liedewy - Translator
Alternative Title: Facteur émotif

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bookwormjeph
Mar 19, 2016

A refreshing tale of love told mostly through the haiku form of poetry. It encompasses loneliness, lovesickness, despair with a slight hint of Zen thrown in and comes full circle to an ending that I didn't see coming. An eccentric, enjoyable and engrossing novella fit for a quiet afternoon's reading. Best devoured in one sitting.

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