The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman (Paperback)

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By Denis Thériault, Liedewy Hawke (Translated by)
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This is a tribute to handwritten letters, haiku, and the power of poetry to manifest heartfelt love. A lonely mail carrier has found a way to break the monotony of his life--he steals people's mail, steaming open the envelopes, and reading the letters inside--but only the hand-written envelopes. A local poet and a mysterious woman are communicating in haiku, beautiful love letters in a mere three lines and their world suddenly becomes his world when he witnesses a terrible and tragic accident and decides to continue the correspondence. Denis Theriault weaves a passionate and elegant tale, comic and tragic with a love story at its heart. This small, elegant book will be one you hand out like candy to friends. — From Gayle's Picks (page 1)


*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.

About the Author

Denis Thériault is an award-winning author and screenwriter living in Montreal, Canada. The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman is his second novel and a much anticipated sequel, The Postman’s Fiancée (Oneworld) will be published in July 2017.

Praise For…

‘Its republication could – and should – establish it as a lost and found gem.’
— The Independent, UK

'Enchanting, philosophically astute and deeply poignant.'
— John Burnside

'Quirky and charming with a well-executed denouement, this novella brings to mind nothing less than a giddily-lovesick Kafka.'
— Guardian

‘A captivating philosophical tale.’
— Le Devoir, Canada

‘A love story between two people who’ve never met, thanks to the magic of a deepening correspondence. In times of internet and social networking, Thériault succeeds in offering fine and spirited promotion for letters.’
— Le Figaro, France

' intense and very deep meaningful ending…I would recommend this book.'
— 'A Bibliophile’s Book Blog' review
Product Details
ISBN: 9781786070531
ISBN-10: 1786070537
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication Date: March 14th, 2017
Pages: 144
Language: English