Posted by: irenesroth | October 20, 2011

Canadian Book Review Challenge

The Postman’s Round: A Novel
By: Denis Theriault

This is a wonderful and engaging book by a wonderful Canadian author. I love the story line and coming from Montreal myself, I was able to relate to some of the landscape that he described.

The story has a unique charm and stoic quality that is rarely seen in a novel of this type. Everything seems to happen slowly in this novel but with a lot of intention. The poetry in the book is worth reading and rereading a hundred times. I felt really sorry for the main character. But at the same time, the author gave him a deep and thought provoking character profile that is unmatched.

Bilodo is a conscientious postman who has a solitary existence. He lives in an apartment all alone with his goldfish, Bill. The model postal worker has a secret though that could get him into trouble. However, it is hidden throughout the story, and only the reader gets to glimpse into this wonderful world of intrigue towards the end of the story.

I don’t want to give any more of the story away. I encourage readers to read this book for a wonderful poetic and philosophical treat that is written by an author with a very powerful imagination.

Reviewed by Irene S. Roth


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