LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman

by Denis Theriault

Modern and Contemporary Fiction Relationship Stories Translated Fiction Shorter Reads Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Book Club Recommendations eBooks of the Month Literary Fiction

LoveReading Expert Review of The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman

Deceptively clever and utterly compelling, this beautifully written little book will continue to haunt your thoughts long after you've finished it. Set in Montreal, the world of Bilodo the postman is a simple one, but he regularly sneaks a peek into other peoples worlds by reading their handwritten letters; events take a darker turn as he deviates from voyeur into an obsessive usurper. The author uses Japanese haiku and tanka poetry to allow Bilodo to converse with the woman of his dreams; exquisite clusters of words will snag your attention and demand that you re-read them. This is essentially a book of love, of what might have been and of what could still come…

One of our Books of the Year 2014. 

Selected as a BBC Radio 2 Book Club title in September 2014.

Liz Robinson

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman Synopsis

A beautifully tragic and thought-provoking tale, The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman 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 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? Denis Theriault weaves a passionate and elegant tale, comic and tragic with a love story at its heart. Philosophical, rich in description and detail, it cannot fail to move.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781786070531
Publication date: 2nd February 2017
Author: Denis Theriault
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 144 pages
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
Other Genres:
Recommendations:
Win a Brilliant Orenda Book Bundle!

Win a Brilliant Orenda Book Bundle!

Closing date: 30/06/2021

We're teaming up once again with Orenda to offer another brilliant book giveaway! Not only is a bundle of Orenda Books up for grabs, we also have a £15 voucher for the winner to use on Orenda's new look website! This book bundle will include some of their latest releases from April to June. A fantastic opportunity to stock your bookshelves. The titles up for grabs are: The Source be Sarah Sultoon - Published 15th April Facets of Death by Michael Stanley - Published 29th April The Assistant by Kjell Ola Dahl - Published 13th May This is How We Are Human by Louise Beech - Published 10th June Everything Happens for a Reason by Katie Allen - Published 10th June One Last Time by Helga Flatland - Published 24th June This draw is open only for UK residents currently in the UK and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. The draw closes on 30th June 2021. Please ensure that the details you use to enter the competition will be correct at the time the competition ends. The winners will be notified as soon as possible.

Enter Now

Like For Like Featured Books

Hippie
Summer Lies
Can't and Won't
Roar

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman Reader Reviews

In addition, some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Cath Humphris - 'This quirky poetic story is a treat.  Bilodo the post-man's adventure in love and Japanese poetry is delightful.  Like the Haiku, it's a series of concise contrasts and surprises.' Read full review >
  • Katy Noyes - 'A snake eats its own tale in this short novel with shades of both Amelie and Cyrano de Bergerac.' Read full review >
  • Edel Waugh - '. If you ever had a moment where you wondered what if.... Then this philosophical story is for you.' Read full review >
  • Sally Doel - 'This is a story with love and tragedy and revelations, with deception and lies thrown in..., I was quite taken with it and thought about it a lot...' Read full review >
  • Megan Williams - 'A surprising tale that despite all initial sweet and harmless appearances, manages to pack a punch which is unexpectedly powerful for such a small novel.' Read full review >
  • Clare Topping - 'At just over 100 pages this is an afternoon’s read, enjoyable, a bit different, but with room for improvement.' Read full review >
  • Lisa Faulkner - '...a quirky and interesting novel.... An enjoyable and thought provoking read.' Read full review >
  • Jayne Burton - 'A captivating and surprising book - and I loved it...I am sad I have finished it and can't recommend it highly enough.'  Read full review >
  • Wendy Stubbs - 'Peculiar, as in the title of the book. But a compelling and thought-provoking story. Love through poetry, deceit and intrigue. Surprisingly engaging story...Highly recommended.' Read full review >
  • Alison Layland - 'A fascinating novel that really drew me into its world...The writing style, excellently conveyed by translator Liedewy Hawke, is a lovely combination of humour and depth...' Read full review >
  • Nancy Krois - 'This is an intriguing book, and a beautifully written one, where French- Canadian and Japanese culture meet.' Read full review >
  • Mandy Carver - 'I found this little book easy to read and thought provoking....  I never expected the ending of the book, it makes you think.' Read full review >

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman Press Reviews

'Captivating philosophical tale in which everything happens in slow motion, as in a dream. Endowed with a powerful imagination'
Le Devoir

'Perfect little story'
Montreal Review of Books

Other editions of this book

ISBN: 9781786070531
Publication date: 02/02/2017
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781843915362
Publication date: 12/09/2014
Format: Paperback

View All Editions

About Denis Theriault

Denis Thériault was born on the north shore of the Gulf of St Lawrence, near Sept-Îles, Quebec, has a degree in psychology and is an award-winning screenwriter who lives with his family in Montreal.

More About Denis Theriault

More Books By Denis Theriault

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman
The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman
View All Books By Denis Theriault

Share this book