Daily Archives: December 17, 2007

Something About Me Challenge Wrap Up

Challenge Wrap Up

Thank you to Lisa at Breaking the Fourth Wall for hosting this challenge! My original reading list consisted of more books, but the rules state that participants must complete five (5) books at a minimum…and I have done that, so I’m taking credit for a finish on this one. Here are the books I read:

1. The Country of the Pointed Firs, by Sarah Orne Jewett (Completed August 26, 2007; read a review here)
2. The Echo Maker, by Richard Powers (Completed September 6, 2007; read a review here)
3. East of Eden, by John Steinbeck (Completed October 12, 2007; read a review here)
4. A Thousand Splendid Suns (Completed December 8, 2007; read a review here)

5. I Am The Messenger, by Markus Zusak (Completed December 17, 2007; read a review here)

My favorites were East of Eden AND A Thousand Splendid Suns – both of which I rated 5/5. There was not a “dud” in the bunch!

I still want to read many of the books on my original posting for this challenge…and will continue ‘checking them off’ as we move into 2008. Lisa is keeping the Something About Me Challenge blog open so I’ll be posting reviews there as well.

I Am The Messenger – Book Review

People die of broken hearts. They have heart attacks. And it’s the heart that hurts most when things go wrong and fall apart. – From I Am The Messenger, page 270 –

After reading Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief earlier this year (read my review here), I rushed right out and bought I Am The Messenger. It has taken me 11 months to actually sit down and read it…and although I can’t rate it at the level of The Book Thief, I wasn’t disappointed.

Ed Kennedy is a young taxi driver, a do-nothing sort of guy who hangs around with his friends playing cards and drinking coffee with his geriatric, smelly dog, The Doorman. Then one day he intervenes in a bank robbery…and his life changes. He begins receiving playing cards – aces – with messages he must figure out. The novel creates tension in that the reader (and Ed) are kept in the dark as to who the deliverer of the messages is…until the very last page.

Written in simple prose, but with Zusak’s signature brilliant language, I Am The Messenger delivers powerful and profound messages of faith, the underlying goodness of humanity, and the admonition that one must risk and stretch to achieve their purpose in life.

I want words at my funeral.
But I guess that means you need life in your life. – From I Am The Messenger, page 278 –

I love that Zusak is still a young man with, I hope, lots more stories inside of him. He is a writer of immense talent, and I Am the Messenger is just another example of this.

Recommended.