I am the Messenger
by Markus Zusak
I am getting behind with my blog entries. I blame the good weather and a desire to enjoy weekends after a week surrounded by 11 – 16 year olds. But more of that in a later blog.
I read Zusak’s ‘The Book Thief’ several years ago and when I came across this title, I was intrigued to read another by him. I had seen from reviews that it is not to be compared with ‘The Book Thief’ so I dived into in with a completely open mind.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. Ed is an underage cab driver who accidentally stops a bank robbery. Then he starts receiving playing cards which give him a mission – a daunting thing for a character who doesn’t seem to have an awful lot going for him.
The book is heart-warming, funny, and dark in places. Ed is a likeable chap and as for the others in the book, Zusak gives us well rounded characters. I dare anyone not to fall in love with The Doorman – Ed’s dog. It keeps your interest, gives you twists and leaves you feeling all warm. What more could you ask for?