This is a wonderful magical book. Not only does it explore the haiku and its five-lined big brother the tanka, and many other aspects of Japanese culture, but it has moments of lyricism and many laugh aloud witticisms.
- "If at the Olympic Games there had been a stair-scaling event, Bilodo would have stood an excellent chance of qualifying, perhaps even of mounting the ultimate, glorious top step of the podium." (p 7)
- "He wouldn't have wanted to swap places with anyone in the world. Except perhaps with another postman." (p 9)
- "The guys at that publishing house were obviously asleep at the wheel." (p 66)
- "He who had never hot a fly without regretting that he couldn't give it an anaesthetic first had just hit his best friend. His ex-friend that is." (p 73)
- "The situation hadn't only overtaken him - it now had a one-lap lead." (p 76)
- "So icy she could have sunk a dozen Titanics." (p 78)
Brilliant and wonderful. June 2017; 1208 pages