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sábado, 2 de maio de 2009

I am the Messenger

There are many ways of write a book and depending on which way the writer choose, his book will be judged, judged even before be read, kicked, loved, it all independent of the history. Besides the “normal” way we know from classic books, we have surrealistic books, books that look like movies, books that feels like poems and many more. Markus Zusak is one of those writers which don’t write using the conventional way. It is not the greatest revolution of all time, but the way the words appear trough the pages gives the right tune to the history that I am the Messenger tells, and because of not following the “normal” way of writing some people may not like it. However, for those who don’t mind, they will find a history without pretension, a simple and straight text, dynamic, true and original.

The book tells a history of Ed Kennedy, a 19 year old guy who doesn’t know for sure what is his role in life. Suddenly after he stops in a crazy impulse a bank robbery he begins to receive mysterious letters about places and people he should know. In every “mission” he must learn something about himself, about the other people or about life. By side that we are introduced to his friends, to the girl he loves and to his dog (probably the best character in the book hehehe). All that things he will learn will change his life and the life of this people that are close to him until he finally find out who sent him all the missions and why.

It all could really be a nice kick in the balls if it wasn’t told the way it is. The style of writing of the author is very much like a mind flow, so this is not a book which you need to “concentrate” yourself to read. The pace is fast, adjusted with dialogs and characters with a deepness that is hidden behind the things they say.

Besides the subtle and ironic humor that is in the entire book, there is also philosophy, but build up and said in a way that it doesn’t look like they are quoting some heavy philosophy book, but only talking and wondering about life, asking about the reasons of things. Some “philosophic dude” would say that wonder about life, asking about the reason of things is exactly what philosophy is, but when we take this to the “books universe”, this is not like that. For some mysterious reason writers use to think that to speak of philosophy they need complex quotes that make reference to a billion things that not even they know. Not this book.

An important thing to a book about self discovery is to create this discovery, this evolution and make it believable. Most of the time that’s the case in this book, but is possible to notice a some lack of coherence in the way some things are show or how some things suddenly get easy to solve. Another small complain (yeah, I’m a crying baby), that is not a true critic, is that the characters don’t feel real all the time, and I’m not saying they need to be. It’s a history, It’s a book. The author can and should do whatever he wants with it. Moreover, the history itself justifies some of that, but ignoring that, this is yet for sure a very good book.

I Am the Messenger is not the best book in the world, probably isn’t also the most original, but is relevant and honest. If you like histories about self discovery or liked books like The catcher in the rye you will probably love this book. But if you are one of those who prefer a more classic way of tell a history, maybe this is not a book for you.