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I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
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Jun 09, 2010

really liked it

First thing: is it as good an "The Book Thief"?
Answer: No.
Second thing: is it worth reading?
Answer: Absolutely!!!

It's quite a leap from Nazi Germany, set in present day Australia, and rather than a nine year old girl, the hero is nineteen year old cab driver, Ed. With one of the best and funniest opening scenes I have ever read, this is a galloping tale of what happens when Ed is sent a card through the post with four addresses he must visit, and what he learns as a result. At times a little confusing, it's still a lively fun read, sometimes quite emotional and affecting, painted in Zusak's unique signature use of language which took a little while getting used to, but which I loved by the time I closed the book. The mystery of who was sending the cards certainly kept me reading until the end, although admittedly when it was actually revealed, I didn't still didn't understand until about six months later. (Does this make me slow?)
A strange story with a not-too-patronising social message, this one will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love with the unlucky Ed.

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Quotes *danielle* Liked

Markus Zusak
“Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.”
Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger

Markus Zusak
“I'm not the messenger at all.
I'm the message. ”
Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger

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