Number of page: 368
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A Pulitzer Prize–winning, #1 New York Times bestseller, Angela’s Ashes is Frank McCourt’s masterful memoir of his childhood in Ireland.“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.” So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank’s mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank’s father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy—exasperating, irresponsible, and beguiling—does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Frank lives for his father’s tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies. Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank’s survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig’s head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors—yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance, and remarkable forgiveness. Angela’s Ashes, imbued on every page with Frank McCourt’s astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.
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ANGELA’S ASHES: A Memoir A powerful, exquisitely written debut, a recollection of the author’s miserable childhood in the slums of Limerick, Ireland, during the Depression and World War II. McCourt was born in Brooklyn in 1930 but returned to Ireland with his family at the age of four. He describes, not without humor, scenes of hunger, illness, filth, and deprivation that would have given Dickens pause. His “shiftless
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Review: Angela’s Ashes I was 15 and in my first year at boarding school when I first read James Joyce. First, DUBLINERS, then PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN. We talked about these books in English class, and I thought about them in my 8′ by 10′ room, and after a while I decided that I’d been a Jew long enough I was going to convert to Catholicism. This was, of course, not about Jesus in the least. It was about
- jason gray
Good book Great read
- Jaime Morales
The tears wont stop This book has forever changed my view on how my life has been “hard”, one who believes their lives are terrible should read this piece of literature and feel shamed for even thinking it.
- Julie ann
Favorite all time book! This book captivates you. He makes his story so visual. You laugh, you cry, but you are consistently hoping for Frank to overcome his utterly dark and miserable childhood.
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Angela s ashes When I think I’m having a bad day now I think of their’s then!
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All time favorite book I absolutely LOVE this book. I’ve read it multiple times and enjoy it the same every time.
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