The Messenger - Markus Zusak

Topics: Playing card, Ace, Dice Pages: 2 (729 words) Published: November 7, 2011
‘Cab driver… No real career. No respect in the community. Nothing. Discuss how the book successfully changes Ed.

“The Messenger” written by Markus Zusak is a novel about an ordinary man named Ed Kennedy he is like any other man ‘Just Ed’. Throughout the novel Ed was tested by a set of four aces that he received over time by an unknown source. All four cards contained either a message, or addresses on them which set Ed on a sort of mission, which tested and changed him.

In the first section Diamonds, Ed is first tested by himself to foil the escape of a robber, who had been keeping a bank full of people including Ed and his three friends Marv, Ritchie and Audrey. Ed is a fairly boring person he lives in a house in an outer suburb of Sydney, with his dog The Doorman, he drives a cab under aged for, a company called ‘Vacant Taxi’s’ and his mains hobbies consist of playing the usual poker game with his friends. Ed receives the ace of diamonds in the mail it has 3 addresses. Ed visits all 3 where he meets Milla, Sophie and Angelina. Ed then realizes he has to help these people, Milla is a widowed woman Ed showers her with kindness, acting as her late Husband Jimmy, he showed Sophie that she needs to be herself and run barefoot, and he had to get rid of Angelina’s father who was putting her and her mother in danger and pain almost every night. But before these events, Ed would never have had the courage to even introduce himself to Milla, or Sophie or take Angelina’s father to The Cathedral to kill him.

The second section Clubs, Ed is approached by Daryl and Keith who broke into his house, they gave him the second card which read ‘Say a prayer, at the stones of home’ Ed discovers that this mission involves three people; Thomas O’Reilly a priest whom Ed throws a ‘Meet a Priest day’ which fills his church for the first time in a long time. Angie Carusso who he buys her an Ice-cream, and Gavin Rose who he beats up to test the care of his brothers, who fight...
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