A Novel by Denis Theriault
Storyline: Bilodo lives a solitary daily life, routinely completing his postal rounds 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 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.
So someone I know (from England) read this book awhile ago and she said that it was a must read, and I’ve wanted to read it ever since! And now I finally had my chance! Thanks to Oneworld Publications for sending me a DRC.
This character honestly kind of creeped me out a little, he was a tad stalker-ish but yet at the same time it was almost sweet how much he seemed to care about Ségolène. Yet some of the things he does in the book seem crude and intense. The very obvious loneliness that this character feels, radiates off the page. you can’t help but feel bad for him while at the same time hating the horrible things he’s doing. The poetry actually was amazing – which is weird because I usually don’t really understand poetry, but I understood this– and that ending! I didn’t see that coming until the final three pages! That was an intense and very deep meaningful ending. The story was honestly a little (very little) flat at times but I would recommend this book.
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