The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman (Paperback)

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By Denis Theriault, Liedewy Hawke (Translator)
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Quaint and quirky, this short novel revolves around a postman who escapes his dull routine by steaming open,  and living vicariously through, the personal mail of his various patrons. One day he stumbles upon a romantic courtship conducted solely in the form of haiku poems and becomes obsessed with the correspondents.  If this all sounds creepy, it all pulls together and delivers a very satisfying conclusion.  The story has a sweetness reminiscent of The Housekeeper and the Professor or The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry with the added benefit of a crash course in advanced haiku.

— From Bill


*Selected for Simon Mayo's BBC Radio 2 Book Club* Secretly steaming open envelopes and reading the letters inside, Bilodo has found an escape from his lonely and routine life as a postman. When one day he comes across a mysterious letter containing a single haiku, he finds himself avidly caught up in the relationship between a long-distance couple who write to each other using only beautiful poetry. He feasts on their words, vicariously living a life for which he longs. But it will only be a matter of time before his world comes crashing down around him.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781786070531
ISBN-10: 1786070537
Publisher: ONEWorld Publications
Publication Date: March 14th, 2017
Pages: 128
Language: English