I AM THE MESSENGER
By Marcus Zusak
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marcus Zusak is the author of The Book Thief, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, and Getting The Girl. Markus's career began in high school. He always had stories in his head so he started writing them down. He lives with his wife and daughters in Sydney, Australia, where he is currently working on his new novel called Bridge Of Clay.
The setting is in a little town with all kinds of people. I would go into more detail but the book doesn't really focus on the main setting that much.
The main character is Ed Kennedy an under aged cabdriver, no real career, no respect in the community. Until one day he received a card in the mail. The Ace Of Diamonds, that changed everything.
The main character has low self esteem. His father died making his mom a crazy smoking widow. She mistreats Ed because he is like his dead father who would drink to solve his problems. Eds father was killed but no one knows who did it. Ed receives aces in the mail he doesn't know where and who they come from.
Excerpt From The Story
The sun hits its head on the horizon, and I fasten my hand to the gun. My finger's on the trigger. Sweat slides down my face. "Please," he pleads. He bends forward in a half breakdown. He feels like he'll die if he falls completely. A disturbing kind of sobbing takes hold of him. "I'm sorry".
This book is serious, funny touching, exciting, engrossing, gripping, and suspenseful.
The first would have to be friendship. Ed has three very good friends that become very main characters, especially towards the end of the book. Comedy would also be a good theme. I found some parts of the book very funny. I liked the way that the author showed how much Ed thinks about everything that happens in the book. And the last theme would be giving. I think that Ed gives the messages to many people and he changes their lives for the better. For example, Marv, at the end of the book, meets his daughter for the first time. He wouldn't of seen his daughter for a long time or ever if it wasn't for Ed helping him.
Note To Self
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