First Published in 2002 by Pan Macmillian Australia.
Page Count: 386
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Meet Ed Kennedy – cab driving prodigy, pathetic card player and useless at sex. He lives in the suburbs,shares coffee with his dog, the Doorman, and he’s in nervous-love with Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence – until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.
I hadn’t read this book in a long time, well, since high school truthfully, yet I remember it alwaya stuck in my mind and moved me then, Ed and the cast of characters flashing back in my mind as I started reading this book once more. I feel like I was filled with such emotions as I got further into this book, snippets in my mind being reawakened, not fully remembering what was to come but losing myself in the glorious message that this book contains.
This book, I honestly think it’s a must read – everyone needs to experience this book, and it’s emotions that are contained within, all whilst piecing together who in fact is ensuring that Ed receives these cryptic cards with those instructions, whether they’re people’s homes or old Hollywood movie titles. I just love how everything in this book plays out so effortlessly, it’s just so clever and I couldn’t help but feel emotionally invested in the story and Ed and his friends, and those he finds himself being drawn to, as he pieces together what needs to be done.
The writing, in gorgeous, typical Markus Zusak fashion, is just so poetic and drew me in right away – actually, I met him at a book talk he did earlier this past week when he was promoting Bridge of Clay, another 2018 book I utterly adored – and he made a remark saying he got a bad review regarding The Messenger…but me, oh no.
I utterly adored every page of this book, from Ed to Audrey and their friends, to The Doorman, they’re all just so memorable in my mind and I can happily count this among my all time favourite books! I’ll definitely revisit it before long! And yes, my intention of this review was indeed to keep it vague, this book is just such a mysterious delight, the reader is best not knowing anything before going in, in my opinion!