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protect the diamondssurvive the clubsdig deep through the spadesfeel the heartsEd Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future He's pathetic at playing cards hopelessly in love with his best friend Audrey and utterly devoted to his coffee drinking dog the Doorman His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robberyThat's when the first ace arrives in the mailThat's when Ed becomes the messengerChosen to care he makes his way through town helping and hurting when necessary until only one uestion remains Who's behind Ed's mission?


10 thoughts on “The Messenger

  1. says:

    OK one of the best first chapters of any book ever Like SO good Perfectly executed The rest of the book I liked it Interesting premise moved along at a decent pace The twist at the ending was goodThere are a few iffy spots where he describes a scene and it's not at all clear what exactly just happened or he over describes and reminds the reader that what's happening at the moment is related to something that happens previously and you're like OK yeah I know I read that 20 pages ago But overall not major problemsThe major problem with this book And there is oneIs that it's filledFilledWith fray sentencesYou knowSentences on one lineAll by themselvesTo really imbue them with meaning and importYou knowMeaning and importThis book has themOn everyBloodyPageIt's annoyingReally annoyingThis is a weak techniueAnd it really cramped my ability to enjoy this bookSo there There you have itMy reviewOf this book


  2. says:

    I can't seem to get enough Zusak Once again his language is magic Instead of falling into the he or she said pitfall the dialogue takes on the action of the predominant emotion If he wants to reach for a friend the words reach And the way he breaks his sentences to evoke emotional pauses is poetic Plus it makes his stories delectably uick to read The perfect combination of length and pause But his prose is not even the most powerful thing about his writing Zusak pulls the words lingering on the edge of your brain as if you'd written them yourself In a way his writing transcends languageHere we have an ordinary 19 year old taxi driver who is going nowhere with his life and has no plans to ever make something of himself either When Ed inadvertently foils a bank robbery he is praised as a local hero Some people have it in them to make a stand to be than ordinary That's when the assignments come Written on the ace of diamonds are three addresses Ed must figure out who is in need of help at these locations and what he can do to touch their lives As Ed engulfs himself into these strangers' lives he learns to care for them personally and insightfully discovers a message for them that will alter their lives Sometimes the messages are easy to deliver other times they reuire all he can muster to give But always he finds the courage to follow through And his answers are never what I would expect There are countless saints who have nothing to do with church and almost no knowledge of God But they say God walks with those people without them ever knowing it As we follow Ed through his journey from just another stupid person to messenger we see him grow emotionally as the assignments touch him deeper In touching other people's lives he finds the purpose in his his way of being greatAt one point he says he thought he was doing one of these people a favor but I realize it's the opposite I'm the privileged one Is that not how it always is? We don't want to get involved with helping other people even developing new friendships because it reuire something from us But what we fail to realize is what we get out of it is than what we put in it The effort to connect with people instead of drift through each other's lives is always worth it view spoilerIt took me a second read through the twist at the end to realize the stranger on the couch was Zusak I think the tool was surreal when Vonnegut used it maybe that's because it's the first time I'd encountered it but here its purpose is to bring home the powerful message of the last card and so intense in its own way hide spoiler


  3. says:

    45 StarsHello ThereMaybe you're here because you've read the book and you loved it You loved it so much that any review about it is a beacon of irresistible curiosity for you So much that you want to hold this book close to you day and nightAnd just think about the intricate enormity of it all Then you're just like meOr Maybe you're here because you haven't read it and want to see if it's worth your time In that case let me be precise and say Go Read itNowOr Maybe you don't like this book I can't even believe it's possible but well what a pitySo Let me tell you a story The story of my enigmatic foray into Ed's world and the events that follow My Prologue They say that Marcus Zusak is a brilliant storyteller who has a knack for mesmerizing readers into a trance with his words and his well woven tale And they are right The book started in a way most books do and endedthat's better told later Yep It started dramatically A bank robbery Ed introduces himself to us readers and when he says“My full name’s Ed Kennedy I’m nineteen I’m an underage cabdriver I’m typical of many of the young men you see in this suburban outpost of the city—not a whole lot of prospects or possibility That aside I read books than I should and I’m decidedly crap at sex and doing my taxes Nice to meet you” I couldn't help but fall in love his brutal honesty a bit Mostly when I meet male protagonists they are unabashedly meretricious and boastful about their sexual prowess So it was nice to have someone different like Ed But only later did I begin to realize how uniue a protagonist Mr Zusak had presentedInitially as the pages flew by I started liking less and less of him I honestly admit thatBecause the premise was vague and he was getting very hyped up and the Ace made no sense whatsoever If you don't know what I'm talking about read the blurb I couldn't understand him And I was starting to fear that maybe I won't like the book after all Reflecting now I realize how frivolous that fear is This book was destined to be a favorite of mine It just wasEd's narrative was cogent enough but at times bordered on getting histrionic Don't get me wrong it was really enjoyable but it didn't look like a 19 year old guy speaking It was like someone was writing a beautiful poem or something instead of a story at times It confused me unnerved me and rang like a déjà vuAt that time I didn't know whyBut then I was reading another book and like an epiphany I realized it was because I do that a lot too I conjectured that maybe it's because he reads a lot of books People who read a lot become naturally elouent with their spiels I'm no good storyteller or even possess a modicum of empathetic writing skills but in some way I'm just commenting on the writing style I write like that A bitBut I do have a penchant for maybe even a propensity to poetic litany as may be evident from my raving reviews where all I do is prosaically rambleAnd then when those boisterous words became my friends I was just swept off my feet No looking backAfter understanding this and coming to terms with the mysterious instances of the story I was hooked in Simply so awed by the sheer idea of it And I wanted nothing than to know who was behind all this ?Who ? All the painstaking frenzyThe rigmarole All this and one uestionWho ?Why ?And when I did get the answer much later I wanted nothing but shout it out loud Why ? Simple because I felt like itEd sees a plethora of uandaries and concerns and along with him we see it with a shattering clarity which I must attribute to his perspicacity Mental dejection and Physical abuse Smothering solitude or inundating also rans Lost love and lost purposes and scabrous violenceThere is so much around us that happens The bad The worseThe unjustThe unrighteousThe simply sadSo much but do we spare a single second to think about them We don't Because it's not our responsibilityBecause we have our problems to heed to without the burden of othersBecause we are selfish Ed is both the messenger and the message But the book has a translucent plane of dubiety and one can interpret it in different waysFor me it means that in our self centered existence we have forgotten the beauty of the happiness that blossoms when we see the genuine smile we have helped bring forth And in that process we discover ourselves Yes we always doThat moment of sheer unwonted joy was and still is unmistakably the favorite one of mine It's like I can imagine the look on Ed's face Because that's what is on mine tooThe writing was good There was a certain desperation in the words to be heard out that threatened to become vociferous It was irksome in the beginning but slowly became dearer and now it is somehow etched on my mindAnd the ending So there was Scarlet and I uote her verbatim pure unadulterated Zusak genius she told meTruer words never spokenRose said that it is a bit confusing it takes time to sink in and when it does it haunts you She is just so rightAnd Summer recommended it to me and told me that I'd love it And I did didn't I ? I think I'm procrastinating telling you about the ending because in all honesty I don't know what to sayIt wasBRILLIANCE in all it's labyrinthine gloryIn all it's ardent verityAnd in all it's indelible beautyWell Haven't I said enough ?


  4. says:

    i have always had a passionate love for the words of marcus zusak he is my all time favourite author without a doubt his writing never fails to make me melt but over time that longing desire has transformed into a peaceful comfort with each reread it feels like i am coming home and thats exactly how this book felt with an expert balance of humour sentimentality and hopefulness this story is a work of art side note the first chapter of this book is the most spectacular chapter ever written in the history of chapters i have probably read it over 100 times its utter perfection this story also has one of the most beautiful messages how kindness can be life changing and how being kind can give a life purpose the high uality writing lovingly explores this message through the heartwarming and heartbreaking life of ed kennedy showing that sometimes people are not just the messenger but the message itself i will never not love a marcus zusak book a marcus zusak story marcus zusak writing his words have become such a steady constant in my life and for that i am forever grateful ↠ 45 stars


  5. says:

    But you're far from this Your fingers turn the strangeness of these pages that somehow connect my life to yours Your eyes are safe The story is just another few hundred pages of your mind For me it's here It's now I have to go through with this considering the cost at every turn Bizarre ending but a beautiful message See what I did there 😉I wanted to try another book by Zusak to be able to see if The Book Thief was just a one off I have a handwritten book list I made when I was younger long before Goodreads and this was on it so I gave it a go and was thoroughly entertainedEd Kennedy is a nobody An underage cab driver in a small town he goes to work plays cards with his friends Ritchie Marv and Audrey hangs out with his dog The Doorman; and this is his life Until he survives a bank robbery Until he becomes an overnight hero Suddenly Ed is receiving playing cards in the post with addresses on The addresses of people who need a message but what each message is; is something Ed needs to figure out himself From a sweet old lady with dementia to a local priest and his estranged brother Ed visits a total of 12 homes and has a different effect on each and every household I loved following Ed and the relationships he made with these people Some of them had never experienced any form of kindness and it was wonderful to see the impact 1 person can haveAll the while Ed has no idea who is sending the cards or why view spoiler not gonna lie when we do find out it was actually the bank robber who set the whole thing up I thought it was a bit odd He wanted to test Ed to see if he could become than just an average Joe hide spoiler


  6. says:

    My full name’s Ed Kennedy I’m nineteen I’m an underage cabdriver I’m typical of many of the young men you see in this suburban outpost of the city – not a whole lot of prospects or possibility That aside I read books than I should and I’m decidedly crap at sex and doing my taxes Nice to meet youAfter accidentally preventing a bank robber from escaping Ed Kennedy receives his first playing card with three addresses written on it He understands that he needs to deliver a message to each of these places but the card offers no further instructions Relying on his intuition alone Ed starts touching people’s lives and trying to understand what he has to do The messages vary from simple to horribly complex and painful but they all have one thing in common they need Ed to shake them up and save them from themselves I think the most wonderful thing about Zusak is the surprising humanity of his characters Not only do they come alive for the reader but they also take so many different roles in the process Their simple acts of kindness often end up being impressive and life changing I’d noticed this about so many characters in The Book Thief and I feared it was a one time deal but Ed might be the best of them all In complete contrast to the ending Ed is one of the most real and tangible characters I’ve ever stumbled upon The fact that he’s completely unaware of how extraordinary he is just adds to his charm My only regret is that the same cannot be said about Audrey I really needed her to be just as well developed but she was the only one who didn’t feel real to me and that’s the sole reason for my 4 star rating I Am the Messenger will make you happy in at least three ways it will give you a truly authentic approachable story that will go straight through your heart it will make you examine the way you treat complete strangers and it will catch you completely off guardI wish I could hold up that knife and tear open the world I’d slice it open and climb through to the next one In bed I cling to that thoughtI suppose many people will not be comfortable with the ending I thought it was unexpected brilliant like the man himself mind blowing still picking up the pieces and audacious It didn’t take anything from the story it didn’t diminish the importance of any of the characters and it added an extra dose of memorability the book wouldn’t necessarily have otherwise Choosing a favorite uote this time was just like choosing a favorite child but there was one I needed to shareWhat would you do if you were me? Tell me Please tell me But you’re far from this Your fingers turn the strangeness of these pages that somehow connect my life to yours Your eyes are safe The story is just another few hundred pages of your mind For me it’s here It’s now I have to go through with this considering the cost at every turn Nothing will ever be the sameFor this and of our reviews visit The Nocturnal LibraryThanks to the lovely Jasprit for reading this with me


  7. says:

    I knew nothing about this book going in other than that it was by The Book Thief author I probably never would have tried it without that being the case so it does pay off to have one big bestsellerThis odd little story is touted as a Young Adult book Um I mean I guess it could be but it doesn't really feel like one All of the main characters are adults and the story doesn't stand out to me as something that would specifically appeal to young readers But hey I am a grown up so what do I know?😁I start the previous paragraph mentioning that this book is odd It is definitely uniue and kind of hard to explain It has lots of little stories within the main story and kind of a Pay It Forward vibe It can definitely be given the designation as being a feel good storyI also mentioned The Book Thief above dang I am going to have to start adding cross reference notations to this review If you are hoping for another Book Thief this is not it But not in a bad way This is a great book it is just nothing like The Book Thief In fact there is no way I would have thought they were the same author I think that is a pretty good uality to have as an author the ability to write many good books that don't feel like the same thing rehashedLooking for a decent uick feel good read? Give this one a go


  8. says:

    FEELING SO MANY FEELINGS RNThis book was pretty fantastic TBH I don't that it was uite a 5 star and INCREDIBLE but it was pretty greatEd was an overall likeable character though sometimes he said and did some very problematic things especially in his relationship with girls But most people in life are problematic in one way or another so #relatable #reallifeThis book was a bit hard for me to get into at first and took some easing in but once I was in I wanted to finish it ALLThe ending was a little weird and abrupt but kind of fit the book Ed's conclusions and thoughts were what made the ending rather than the eventsIt's such a uniue story setting and overall book that I would definitely recommend it


  9. says:

    Nineteen year old cab driver Ed Kennedy foils a bank robbery and soon finds himself receiving cryptic messages in the mail written on playing cards Each card bears hints toward three people Ed must help in some way Will Ed ever find out who is behind is mysterious messages?Apart from books by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett this is my first foray into young adult literature and I enjoyed it immenselyI think the first thing that pulled me in was that Ed is a lot like I was at nineteen I like to think I had a little confidence but I had no idea what I wanted to do either and I'm reasonably sure I was secretly in love with a girl who was only interested in being friends at the time as well And hell I'm damn sure I would have taken up the messenger role like Ed did had I gotten playing cards in the mailThe supporting cast was very well done from Ed's friends Marv Ritchie and Audrey to the people he bore messages to like Sophie Milla and the spoilerific rest of themThe writing was superb I liked Ed's self deprecating sense of humor and found a lot of parts very touching view spoilerI even shed some silent man tears when Marv met his daughter for the first time hide spoiler


  10. says:

    25 stars Some books you instantly love they reach you unconditionally Others you hate with passion and you would happily burn them if only you weren't reading ebooks also you really don't want to have something in common with every tyrant out there Then they're the mild non committal threes and two and a half better known as the great shelf of meh ► Well now Do not be fooled by my 25 stars rating I Am the Messenger is not one of those booksIndeed this rating is to be taken as a chicken hearted average to somehow express the utter confusion I've been feelingHere's the thing While I cannot deny that some parts were pretty great especially when it comes to the pacing rather fast paced even though it took me 4 days to read it which is a lot for me and that I liked most of the writing Oh about that Markus Zusak's writing often revolves around short sentences now I know that some readers don't like them but I often find myself enjoying that kind of writing when done well Yet it is a little too dramatic sometimes I can't deny it However it sounded perfect to convey Ed's sarcasm and woe is me general attitude and contributed to make the novel seem action packedExceptWhen it isWrittenInFragmentsand let it be known that I enjoy Blake Crouch's writing so it is not a peeve of mine usually I was less than impressed with the constant undercurrent of sexism didn't like the cop out ending I don't know if I expected too much but it was a real letdown also it has been done before I did roll my eyes oops but for fuck sake cheesy much? and developed an annoyancelovehate relationship with Ed the MCEd Ed Ed Self depreciating but oh so sarcastic voice Ed is sure flawed and I wanted to smack him several times but I still liked him Taxi driver Local loser Cornerstone of mediocrity Sexual midget Pathetic card player And now weird shit magnet on top of itAdmit it It's not a bad list I'm building up See what I mean? Albeit unintentionally sometimes I couldn't help but laugh I bitch you bitch he bitches Can his friends really called friends? He seems to spend the whole book complaining about them Well to be fair he spends a huge amount of time bitching about himself too Some of his decisions didn't sit well with me indeed something broke in me when he decided to wait before acting on the fucking rapist case I'm not saying that I couldn't understand it but why not warn someone?? Why did Markus Zusak decide to make it okay for us to witness someone being raped countless times not graphic but we know it is happening before moving along the plot? WHY? It made me sick Also The brothers? Well Not impressed by his solution is the only thing I can say Aw poor guys needed to bond over violence I might shed a tear Not But my main complain is the fact that in my opinion the whole novel is incredibly sexist I mean did you see the female characters? Above that did you freaking notice how Ed described them? Apart from Milla the octogenarian every female character is portrayed through her sexual behavior and her looks view spoilereven Ed's mother in the end hide spoiler