Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Nancy, Book Review, *I Am The Messenger, *Markus Zusack

I read this book a month or so before starting The Project, but included it (and a couple of others) on my list on the strength of my First Rule #1:
Because I am so afraid of failing, that I can’t bear to start without having already started, I hereby roll the dates around a bit from 1 January, 2009 to 31 December 2014. Ok, that’s dumb. I know it is; fudging in four months like that.

Motivated by my Third Rule #1:
I’ll write and post a review for each book I read.
I'm coming up for air to write reviews (or in this case, paraphrase and link) because I'd like to cross a something off The List.

So, without further blah blah, my review of 'I Am The Messenger' by Markus Zusack.

I Am The Messenger cover photoSitting at my kitchen table with a glass of wine, I wandered along with Ed Kennedy, an underage taxi driver and his argumentative friend Marv as they get drawn into a hilariously snarky quarrel about the use and abuse of Marv’s ancient blue Falcon. The car in question is illegally parked outside the same bank where Ed and Marv, and Ed’s best friend (with whom he is hopelessly in love) Audrey are lying face down on the floor. The robber is pretty small time: “useless” is, I believe the word that Ed uses in the first sentence, and that turns out to be his doom.

Ed Kennedy, no matter what he thinks of himself, is orders of magnitude more useful than than this bank robber. The author spends the rest of this charming book proving that to both the reader and to Ed himself.

Some days later, an envelope containing three addresses written on the back of a playing card is delivered. No instructions. Just three addresses on the Ace of Diamonds. What would you do if this happened to you? Right-oh, that's what Ed did too. He didn't sleep at all that night, and after a lot of thinking about it no one he knew seemed a likely suspect. In the morning he got up and went out on foot with The Doorman and a street map to find the addresses on the card.

All in all - two thumbs up, five stars and I'll read it again someday.

Full review including my favorite character, my favorite sentence, and my favorite assignment is here.

6 comments:

Scattie said...

This sounds like a good book! I might have to have a look for this one in the library! Markus Zusack wrote The Book Thief, didn't he?

Megan said...

I loved this book! Not as much as I loved The Book Thief, but I thought it was great. Very creative. Zusack just has an incredible way of pulling things together at the end.

Emily Cross said...

I loved the book thief, and this is definitly on my to do list!! I can't wait to reasd it :)

Nancy said...

Yes, Scattie, Markuz Zusack is the party responsible for all the fun. I think 'The Book Thief' came next after 'I Am The Messenger'.

Hi Megan! Another Zusack fan - have you also read 'Getting the Girl'? It was sweet too.

Emily, I hope you enjoy the book. I think his voice has the very finest sort of youthful honesty. The Book Thief will remain one of my favorite books of all time. It didn't just move me, it changed me.

Emily Cross said...

Nancy, i loved the book thief. i've just sent off for both 'the messenger' and 'getting the girl' - i know thats a sequel of 'fighting rubeus wolfe'.

i love his style and voice. I wish i had half his skill and talent!!!

Nancy said...

Emily, You're speaking for me too, Lady. I wish I had half his style and talent too! I thought I saw something in the Q&A section of his website. The last question is: "Lastly, where do you get your ideas from?"

And his answer:
"I used to lie about this, but now I actually know –
I started writing when I was sixteen. I’m thirty now. I get my ideas from fourteen years of thinking about it."

If I look at that statement sideways, out of the corner of my eye while washing the dishes, I think I see a clue that anyone who wanted very badly to do something important could apply to their desire.