I Am the Messenger Author:Markus Zusak Meet Ed Kennedy—underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he’s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the first Ace ar... more »rives. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger. . . .
Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?
Winner of the 2003 Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award in Australia, I Am the Messenger is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love.« less
I really liked this - I couldn't really put it down. Playing cards sent to him lead him on a scavenger hunt of sorts. But what he finds are situations that he is challenged to resolve. Some of them are quite frightening. Who would do this to someone? But the chase was better than the kill, and I felt let down by the ending. The excitement still made it worth while to read. I don't think it will make it into my top 10 for the year, but maybe in the top 20. I think I would like to read something else by this author, his imagination intrigues me.
This is one of those books that surprisingly left me almost speechless. It is so much more than the synopsis leads one to believe. I am so blessed that this was required reading for a grad class for young adult literature or I never would have read it. Mr. Zusak's writing style is poetic in places: "Screams jump over the fence." "A murmuring crawls to the window . . ." It does have some obscene language, but somehow it seems necessary to the setting and voice. A couple of places left me feeling like I missed something, but the incredible message feels life-changing. It is very though-provoking and hard to put down. I highly recommend this book for ages 17 and up, and I will be recommending it to my book club because it could generate much good discussion.
Finished reading this one today and must say that I really enjoyed it! At first, I was not too sure I would like the book given that it is supposedly written for "young adults", however, some of the themes and subject matter I feel are more for older readers including themes of love, sex, and the plights of ordinary human beings. The story is basically about a young man, Ed, who is wasting his life away being put a position to help other people through a series of clues delivered to him on playing cards. The way he reacts to the clues and how he decides to assist the people involved is the crux of the novel. In some ways, Ed reminded me of Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of "Catcher in the Rye." Some of the novel was also a little dark and could have been written for a "film noir" mystery. In the end, Ed discovers that if a guy like him can stand up and do what he did, then maybe everyone can. Maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of. I would recommend this one!
I enjoyed this book so much that I handed it straight to my husband, then to my daughter and then to a friend who is reading it now. I enjoyed the storyline and the storytelling so much that I cannot tell you if it would be considered "well-written" by my English teacher son, but Markus Zusak certainly knows how to tell a story!
What a delightful, unique read! This young writer who began writing in high school wrote a wonderful original little tale. Imagine receiving five cards to stimulate you to help people as only you can. This is what happens to Ed. He helps many strangers. He helps his friends. And, the final person he helps is himself. There is a message in this book that each of us needs to discover again and again - life is what you make it. However, you must read the book for yourself to see how it all progresses and what happens in each case. Wonderful read for young and old alike.
"I Am The Messenger" by Markus Zusak does not have the impact of the author's subsequent book, "The Book Thief" but it is a pretty powerful, nonetheless. Ed Kennedy is nineteen years old and has done nothing with his life. Then he finds himself in a bank that is being held-up. He performs an heroic act and his life begins to change...though not in the way that you'd think. This is a lovely book about "paying it forward" and random acts of kindness for kindnesses sake.