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    Thursday, October 05, 2006

    I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
    "Protect the diamonds, survive the clubs, dig deep through the spades, feel the hearts."
    It's starts during a bank robbery, when Ed Kennedy, cab-driver, snatches the gun dropped by the thief, who is quickly apprehended. In the courtroom at his trial, he threatens Ed: "You're a dead man." This statement, combined with a message Ed had received just days before -- his first card -- the ace of hearts with three addresses and no explanation -- sends Ed on a search to discover something about life. The explanations and answers come when he visits the addresses and realizes he now has new responsibilities, a real mission, something to make his life worth something. With every question answered and each mission fulfilled, Ed's life changes, easily at times, but sometimes forcibly and uncomfortably.
    I've been wanting to read this for a while. The book got great reviews and won an award and just sounded interesting. I finally pulled it off the shelf this week and quickly became engrossed. The story moves quickly, and the messages given through the playing cards create a bit of intrigue. Combine that with laughter and love and life and a few beatings, and it makes for an absolutely enjoyable read. I really do recommend this one!
    Y FICTION Zusak

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