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The peculiar life of a lonely postman / Denis Thériault ; translated by Liedewy Hawke.

By: Thériault, Denis, 1959- [author.].
Contributor(s): Hawke, Liedewy [translator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Hesperus Nova, c2014Description: 119 pages ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781786070531 (paperback); 9781843915362.Subject(s): Letter carriers -- Fiction | Impostors and imposture -- Fiction | Deception -- Fiction | Poetry -- Fiction | Montréal (Québec) -- FictionGenre/Form: Romance fiction.DDC classification: 843.92 Summary: Bilodo lives a solitary daily life, routinely completing his post round 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 Segolene'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 Segolene, 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 Segolene under this guise. But how long can the deception continue for?
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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 only 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...
An instant hit on first publication when it was selected for Simon Mayo's BBC Radio 2 Book Club, this beautifully packaged new edition is the ideal primer for Theriault's much anticipated sequel, The Postman's Fiancee, which will be published in Australia in August.

Translated from the French.

Includes reading group discussion questions.

Bilodo lives a solitary daily life, routinely completing his post round 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 Segolene'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 Segolene, 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 Segolene under this guise. But how long can the deception continue for?

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