The Postman’s Fiancée – Denis Théirault (Book Review)

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I mentioned a little while back in a post titled Five Book Tags that I recommend a book called “The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman” to everyone – well I found out the author was writing a sequel, and after some waiting, it has arrived!

Twenty-two-year-old Tania has moved to Montreal to study, fine-tune her French and fall in love. Finding work as a waitress in an unpretentious down-town restaurant, she meets Bilodo, a shy postman who spends his days perfecting his calligraphy and writing haiku. The two hit it off. But then one stormy day their lives take a dramatic turn, and as their destinies become entwined Tania and Bilodo are led into a world where nothing is as it seems.

The book is a sequel I never expected with the ending of the previous being so rounded perfectly – so I was a bit curious to how this would fit in:

This sequel fits into the first in an unexpected way, which though works, felt a bit like forcing an almost-correct jigsaw piece next to another.

The characters are almost equally creepy in their approach to romance – Tania taking advantage of Bilodo’s amnesia to trick him into thinking he once lover her is a little bit strange to call a romance – though that’s how many have classified the book.

There is humour throughout too which fits perfectly, and the writing style is indescribably surreal, giving a weird atmosphere to the book so unlike your typical novel.

I’m afraid to say though that following the first one, this one is a bit less perfectly rounded – it leads some unanswered questions that the prequel didn’t, and though it was a good read – it wasn’t exactly what I had hoped!

The ending relied too much on Bilodo being somewhat blind to the obvious, with the haiku of Granpré, the mysterious English professor, being such a giveaway, he’d have to almost never have read them to not see the clues throughout – which frankly, I don’t believe he would have done.

Still, they are both worth reading – and I am glad I have done so.

 

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Update post #1

I’m currently struggling to complete any books, and as this blog has developed into somewhat of a book-focused one, I feel I must emphasise to myself and those who follow that I have not ceased to write.

I’m currently reading Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, and have few others I want to get through… Work, life: it’s busy, I’m sure you can sympathise.

I hope you are all well.

Not busy at work,
Too busy outside of it:
Wouldn’t mind a swap.

I hit my Goodread’s reading target last month, and need to get back on the wagon with the pressured reading – especially due to the books I have to get though being generally rated highly…

I’m also doing a bit of writing too when I get chance – short stories if I can. I feel my novel ideas were not my style, weirdly:

Ideas don’t make poetry; you need to have words.” – Paraphrased quote I read in an interesting essay (may deserve a blog post).

More to follow, hopefully soon!