Originally posted June 2010 on another site.
The Book Thief is simply one of the greatest books ever written. If you haven’t read it yet, please do. I was very nervous to read this one, though, by the same author. Nothing can compare to BF. And I was right. It’s nowhere near as good. However, assuming one hasn’t read BF, this book stands alone extremely well. I took it to training with me on Thursday morning and read while I was supposed to be working. I had to find out what happened!
Ed is a simple guy, nothing special, not smart, not motivated, just exists. He drives a cab, is in love with his friend Audrey, and happens to disrupt a bank robbery, getting the robber arrested. Soon after, Ed receives a playing card in the mail. Yes, that’s right. Just a regular card from a regular deck. However, there are addresses on this card. Addresses of homes of people Ed doesn’t know. After going to each address, he realizes he has to help these people. Sometimes the help is easy and obvious. Other times, it takes a long time for Ed to realize what it is he needs to do. However, helping these people brings such joy to Ed, that it’s impossible not to root for him.
Who is sending these cards? It’s quite the mystery. I never knew which direction this book was going. Are the cards being sent by some future version of himself, or a friend he knows, or is Ed dead and imagining the whole thing, or is his dog really not a dog, but a person who Ed converses with. All of these thoughts seemed plausible throughout the entire book. I just couldn’t figure out how it was all going to work out. It does all work out in the end, but you’ll have to read it for yourself to find out.
I really liked this book. Read the Book Thief for sure, but maybe after this one, so it’s not a disappointment.