The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman – Denis Theriault
Book Review: 5 star rating
Bilodo the postman found comfort in his life in a unique way. While it certainly wasn’t an ethical thing to do, Bilodo would sometimes slip a letter into his pocket instead of delivering it and would steam it open in the privacy of his own home that evening. He would read the letter, make a copy to keep and then mail the letter on to its proper recipient. Bilodo lived vicariously through these letters. When he opens up a letter with only a haiku in it, he’s pulled into the world of Segolene and Gaston Grandpre, who write to each other in poetry.
This is truly a lovely little book. The book is only a little over 100 pages and yet the author is able to fully flesh out the characters and make you care about them. I loved reading the many haikus that are scattered throughout the book and never knew how passionate a short haiku could be. There’s a tragic love story at the heart of this book that will remind you of Cyrano de Bergerac. The book is quirky, it’s charming, it’s funny, it’s tragic and it’s quite a feat for the author to gather together such a compelling story with so few words, much like a haiku itself. This book was originally published in France and I’m delighted to read that its sequel, The Postman’s Fiancee, will be published later this year.
This novella is just about as perfect as you can get. Highly recommended.
This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.