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FREE E-PUB ⚟ I Am the Messenger à protect the diamondssurvive the clubsdig deep through the spadesfeel the heartsEd Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future He s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee drinking dog, the Doorman His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robberyThat s when the first ace arrives in the mailThat s when Ed becomes the messengerChosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting when necessary until only one question remains Who s behind Ed s mission 2.5 stars Some books you instantly love they reach you, unconditionally Others you hate with passion and you would happily burn them if only you weren t reading ebooks also, you really don t want to have something in common with every tyrant out there Then they re the mild, non committal threes and two and a half, better known as the great shelf of meh Well now Do not be fooled by my 2.5 stars rating I Am the Messenger is not one of those books.Indeed this rating is to be taken a 2.5 stars Some books you instantly love they reach you, unconditionally Others you hate with passion and you would happily burn them if only you weren t reading ebooks also, you really don t want to have something in common with every tyrant out there Then they re the mild, non committal threes and two and a half, better known as the great shelf of meh Well now Do not be fooled by my 2.5 stars rating I Am the Messenger is not one of those books.Indeed this rating is to be taken as a chicken hearted average to somehow express the utter confusion I ve been feeling.Here s the thing While I cannot deny that some parts were pretty great, especially when it comes to the pacing rather fast paced, even though it took me 4 days to read it, which is a lot for me and that I liked most of the writing Oh, about that Markus Zusak s writing often revolves around short sentences now, I know that some readers don t like them, but I often find myself enjoying that kind of writing when done well Yet it is a little too dramatic sometimes, I can t deny it However, it sounded perfect to convey Ed s sarcasm and woe is me general attitude, and contributed to make the novel seemaction packedExcept.When it is.Written.In.Fragments and let it be known that I enjoy Blake Crouch s writing, so it is not a peeve of mine usually I was less than impressed with the constant undercurrent of sexism, didn t like the cop out ending I don t know if I expected too much, but it was a real letdown also, it has been done before I did roll my eyes oops but for fuck sake, cheesy much and developed an annoyance love hate relationship with Ed, the MC.Ed, Ed, Ed Self depreciating but oh so sarcastic voice Ed is sure flawed and I wanted to smack him several times, but I still liked himTaxi driver Local loser Cornerstone of mediocrity Sexual midget Pathetic card player And now weird shit magnet on top of it.Admit it It s not a bad list I m building up See what I mean Albeit unintentionally sometimes, I couldn t help but laugh I bitch, you bitch, he bitches Can his friends really called friends He seems to spend the whole book complaining about them Well to be fair, he spends a huge amount of time bitching about himself too Some of his decisions didn t sit well with me indeed something broke in me when he decided to wait before acting on the fucking rapist case I m not saying that I couldn t understand it but why not warn someone Why did Markus Zusak decide to make it okay for us to witness someone being raped countless times not graphic, but we know it is happening before moving along the plot WHY It made me sick Also The brothers Well Not impressed by his solution is the only thing I can say Aw poor guys needed to bond over violence I might shed a tear Not But my main complain is the fact that in my opinion the whole novel is incredibly sexist I mean, did you see the female charactersAbove that, did you freaking notice how Ed described them Apart from Milla, the octogenarian, every female character is portrayed through her sexual behavior and her looks, view spoiler even Ed s mother, in the end hide spoiler I will not bore you through the details but silly bitch, really REALLY , but it bothered me very much Not to mention Ed s weird obsession on women legs no exaggeration and the way he tries to convince us that Audrey must have sex with him Why the fuck should she, really Finally, am I the only one who found Sophie s parts incredibly disturbing I know she s 15 and not 8, BUT the way Ed emphasizes on her very young age all the time got to me after a while and therefore I couldn t help but find his attraction a little gross Honestly, I would probably praise the originality of the plot if not forI know, I know, they re far from carbon copies of each other s but I cannot help but think that I would have enjoyed I Am the Messengerif I wasn t a huge fan of Am lie Poulain and her missions What can I say, the story wasfun in Montmartre these horses were the reason of many tantrums when I was a toddler sorry mum than in Where the fuck is this town, anyway Oh Never mind.Moreover, if you ever watched Am lie Poulain, you know that I Am the Messenger would make it incredibly difficult to suspend our disbelief sometimes Far from me the intent of spoiling the plot, so I ll let it at that, but damn, it ruined the shock value of the ending in my opinion Alright, the atmosphere of the book does make what s unbelievable almost acceptable, but please, please, do not hide behind sentences like,I really don t know why I did thatit annoys me to no end Many readers pointed that the message was beautiful and I don t want to be a spoil fun, because it is, in some way, but why did Markus Zusak have to be so IN YOUR FACE about it So glaringly obvious Sometimes people are beautiful Not in looks Not in what they say Just in what they are See this sentenceNobody can disagree with that, and yet I m sorry, but it reads like a Nike advertisement So much time spent pushing at open doors really Disappointing read Forof my reviews, please visit OK one of the best first chapters of any book, ever Like, SO good Perfectly executed The rest of the book I liked it Interesting premise, moved along at a decent pace The twist at the ending was good.There are a few iffy spots, where he describes a scene and it s not at all clear what exactly just happened, or he over describes and reminds the reader that what s happening at the moment is related to something that happens previously, and you re like OK yeah, I know, I read that 20 page OK one of the best first chapters of any book, ever Like, SO good Perfectly executed The rest of the book I liked it Interesting premise, moved along at a decent pace The twist at the ending was good.There are a few iffy spots, where he describes a scene and it s not at all clear what exactly just happened, or he over describes and reminds the reader that what s happening at the moment is related to something that happens previously, and you re like OK yeah, I know, I read that 20 pages ago But overall, not major problems.The major problem with this book And there is one.Is that it s filled.Filled.With fray sentences You know.Sentences on one line.All by themselves.To really imbue them with meaning and import.You know.Meaning and import.This book has them.On every.Bloody.Page.It s annoying.Really annoying.This is a weak technique.And it really cramped my ability to enjoy this book.So there There you have it.My review.Of this book I can t seem to get enough Zusak Once again his language is magic Instead of falling into the he or she said pitfall, the dialogue takes on the action of the predominant emotion If he wants to reach for a friend, the words reach And the way he breaks his sentences to evoke emotional pauses is poetic Plus it makes his stories delectably quick to read The perfect combination of length and pause But his prose is not even the most powerful thing about his writing Zusak pulls the words li I can t seem to get enough Zusak Once again his language is magic Instead of falling into the he or she said pitfall, the dialogue takes on the action of the predominant emotion If he wants to reach for a friend, the words reach And the way he breaks his sentences to evoke emotional pauses is poetic Plus it makes his stories delectably quick to read The perfect combination of length and pause But his prose is not even the most powerful thing about his writing Zusak pulls the words lingering on the edge of your brain as if you d written them yourself In a way, his writing transcends language.Here we have an ordinary 19 year old taxi driver who is going nowhere with his life and has no plans to ever make something of himself either When Ed inadvertently foils a bank robbery, he is praised as a local hero Some people have it in them to make a stand, to bethan ordinary That s when the assignments come Written on the ace of diamonds are three addresses Ed must figure out who is in need of help at these locations and what he can do to touch their lives As Ed engulfs himself into these strangers lives he learns to care for them personally and insightfully discovers a message for them that will alter their lives Sometimes the messages are easy to deliver, other times they require all he can muster to give But always he finds the courage to follow through And his answers are never what I would expect There are countless saints who have nothing to do with church and almost no knowledge of God But they say God walks with those people without them ever knowing it As we follow Ed through his journey from just another stupid person to messenger, we see him grow emotionally as the assignments touch him deeper In touching other people s lives he finds the purpose in his, his way of being great.At one point he says he thought he was doing one of these people a favor but I realize it s the opposite I m the privileged one Is that not how it always is We don t want to get involved with helping other people, even developing new friendships, because it require something from us But what we fail to realize is what we get out of it isthan what we put in it The effort to connect with people instead of drift through each other s lives is always worth it view spoiler It took me a second read through the twist at the end to realize the stranger on the couch was Zusak I think the tool wassurreal when Vonnegut used it maybe that s because it s the first time I d encountered it , but here its purpose is to bring home the powerful message of the last card and so intense in its own way hide spoiler We are left with our own challenge We find our own names on an ace and we can take this message as ours that anyone, no matter how ordinary can be great, and put it to practice in our own lives Or we can discard our aces and go back to going through the motions 4.5 Stars.Hello There.Maybe you re here because you ve read the book and you loved it You loved it so much that any review about it is a beacon of irresistible curiosity for you So much that you want to hold this book close to you, day and night.And just think about the intricate enormity of it all Then, you re just like me.Or Maybe you re here because you haven t read it and want to see if it s worth your time In that case, let me be precise and say, Go Read it.Now.Or Maybe you don t like t 4.5 Stars.Hello There.Maybe you re here because you ve read the book and you loved it You loved it so much that any review about it is a beacon of irresistible curiosity for you So much that you want to hold this book close to you, day and night.And just think about the intricate enormity of it all Then, you re just like me.Or Maybe you re here because you haven t read it and want to see if it s worth your time In that case, let me be precise and say, Go Read it.Now.Or Maybe you don t like this book I can t even believe it s possible but well, what a pity.So, Let me tell you a story The story of my enigmatic forayinto Ed s world and the events that follow My Prologue They say that Marcus Zusak is a brilliant storyteller who has a knack for mesmerizing readers into a trance with his words and his well woven tale And they are right The book started in a way most books do and ended.that s better told later Yep, It started dramatically, A bank robbery Ed introduces himself to us readers and when he says, My full name s Ed Kennedy I m nineteen I m an underage cabdriver I m typical of many of the young men you see in this suburban outpost of the city not a whole lot of prospects or possibility That aside, I readbooks than I should, and I m decidedly crap at sex and doing my taxes Nice to meet you I couldn t help but fall in love his brutal honesty a bit Mostly when I meet male protagonists they are unabashedly meretricious and boastful about their sexual prowess So it was nice to have someone different like Ed But only later did I begin to realize how unique a protagonist Mr Zusak had presented.Initially, as the pages flew by, I started liking less and less of him I honestly admit that.Because the premise was vague and he was getting very hyped up and the Ace made no sense whatsoever If you don t know what I m talking about, read the blurb I couldn t understand him And I was starting to fear that maybe I won t like the book after all Reflecting now, I realize how frivolous that fear is This book was destined to be a favorite of mine It just was.Ed s narrative was cogent enough but at times bordered on getting histrionic Don t get me wrong, it was really enjoyable but it didn t look like a 19 year old guy speaking It was like someone was writing a beautiful poem or something instead of a story at times It confused me, unnerved me and rang like a d j vu.At that time I didn t know why.But then I was reading another book, and like an epiphany, I realized it was because I do that a lot too I conjectured that maybe it s because he reads a lot of books People who read a lot become naturally eloquent with their spiels I m no good storyteller or even possess a modicum of empathetic writing skills but in some way, I m just commenting on the writing style, I write like that A bit.But I do have a penchant for, maybe even a propensity to poetic litany, as may be evident from my raving reviews where all I do is prosaically ramble.And then, when those boisterous words became my friends I was just swept off my feet No looking back.After understanding this and coming to terms with the mysterious instances of the story I was hooked in Simply so awed by the sheer idea of it And I wanted nothingthan to know who was behind all this Who All the painstaking frenzy.The rigmarole All this and one question,Who Why And when I did get the answer much later, I wanted nothing but shout it out loud Why Simple, because I felt like it.Ed sees a plethora of quandaries and concerns, and along with him we see it with a shattering clarity which I must attribute to his perspicacity Mental dejection and Physical abuse Smothering solitude or inundating also rans Lost love and lost purposes and scabrous violence.There is so much around us that happens The bad The worse.The unjust.The unrighteous.The simply sad.So much but do we spare a single second to think about them We don t Because it s not our responsibility.Because we have our problems to heed to without the burden of others.Because we are selfish Ed is both the messenger and the message But the book has a translucent plane of dubiety and one can interpret it in different ways For me, it means that in our self centered existence we have forgotten the beauty of the happiness that blossoms when we see the genuine smile we have helped bring forth And in that process we discover ourselves Yes we, always do That moment of sheer unwonted joy was and still is unmistakably the favorite one of mine It s like I can imagine the look on Ed s face Because that s what is on mine too.The writing was good There was a certain desperation in the words to be heard out, that threatened to become vociferous It was irksome in the beginning but slowly became dearer and now, it is somehow etched on my mind.And the ending So there was Scarlet, and I quote her verbatim,pure unadulterated Zusak genius , she told me.Truer words never spoken.Rose said that it is a bit confusing, it takes time to sink in and when it does it haunts you She is just so right.And Summer recommended it to me and told me that I d love it And I did, didn t II think I m procrastinating telling you about the ending because in all honesty, I don t know what to say.It was,BRILLIANCE, in all it s labyrinthine glory.In all it s ardent verity.And in all it s indelible beauty.Well Haven t I said enough