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The Messenger

by Markus Zusak

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After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong feeling of worthlessness.
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I'd have enjoyed the story much more had I not gone in expecting something as powerful as The Book Thief. Zusak has complex characters with a distinct voice, and a beautiful story arc, that were unfortunately lost on this tearjerker-seeking reader. ( )
  LaPhenix | Jul 8, 2024 |
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Zuzak's The Book Thief is much more popular, but I think that this book is much better. ( )
  MarkAl | Jul 3, 2024 |
well written, funny. first part is better.
Ed Kennedy had no purpose or goal in life. He was a taxi driver, with a dog.called "doorman" because he just sits and watches the world go by. His friends were also pretty "lost". He gets a playing card that he has to decipher. with this he helps each of his friends find a purpose or work through their difficulty to move on. the fourth card is for him and he figures out how to "participate "in the world and not just be a spectator.
first part is better than the end, which seems a bit contrived. fun reading ( )
  evatkaplan | May 20, 2024 |
Eigentlich hat das Buch mir wirklich gut gefallen, das Ende fand ich allerdings echt blöd, deshalb insgesamt dann doch "nur" 3 Sterne. ( )
  Katzenkindliest | Apr 23, 2024 |
Truly amazing! I love the narrator and how his perspective allows the story to flow. The ending could not have been more perfect and is very much thought provoking. After reading this, I am left with a feeling of wanting to be better than I am. ( )
  Leah_Eileen | Jan 6, 2024 |
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Ernst, AlexandraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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survive the clubs

dig deep through the spades

feel the hearts
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The gunman is useless.
It feels like the mornings clap their hands.
To make me wake. [75]
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Originally published as "The Messenger" in Australia.
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After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong feeling of worthlessness.

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Nineteen-year-old Ed Kennedy is the epitome of pathetic mediocrity. He drives a cab, lives in a run-down shack with his malodorous dog, and plays cards with his friends Ritchie, Marv and Audrey. His life is completely devoid of purpose or significance – until he manages to foil a botched bank robbery, and someone, somewhere, decides that it’s time for Ed to become the messenger. Guided by playing cards left in his mailbox, he must venture from his shack to help people the rest of the world has abandoned. Not all of Ed’s tasks are easy, however, and the true purpose of his messages may be more than it seems.
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