Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I am the Messenger



A few months ago our book club read Markus Zusak's The Book Thief.  Even with it's grim subject matter (the holocaust and death) the story was well liked by the group.

I am the Messenger is an equally good book, and I would argue the subject matter is a little bit lighter.  The story is told first person by the main character, Ed Kennedy.  Ed is your average, young, wandering soul.  He has a dead end job, is in love with a girl who doesn't love him back, is the disappointing family kid.  And then, Ed inadvertently foils a bank robbery and finds himself the receiver of mysterious deliveries.  Playing cards with phrases, addresses, and time written on them would randomly show up in his mail.  He must decode each card and carry out some action at the specified time and location.  The great mystery is who is sending Ed these cards.   But you won't find out until the last page of the book.

The novel has twice been adapted for the stage, perhaps someday it will be a movie.  I'd watch it.

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