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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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.
- Angelina Rossellini
Angela s ashes When I think I’m having a bad day now I think of their’s then!
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- Darrilyn Jett
All time favorite book I absolutely LOVE this book. I’ve read it multiple times and enjoy it the same every time.
- Donna Harrell
Teacher Man: A Memoir
Nearly a decade ago Frank McCourt became an unlikely star when at the age of sixty six he burst onto the literary scene with Angela s Ashes the Pulitzer Prize winning memoir of his childhood in Limerick Ireland Then came Tis his glorious account of his early years in New York Now here at last is McCourt s long awaited book about how his thirty year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer Teacher Man is also an urgent tribute to teachers everywhere In bold and spirited prose featuring his irreverent wit and heartbreaking honesty McCourt records the trials triumphs and surprises he faces in public high schools around New York City His methods anything but conventional McCourt creates a lasting impact on his students through imaginative assignments he instructs one class to write An Excuse Note from Adam or Eve to God singalongs featuring recipe ingredients as lyrics and field trips imagine taking twenty nine rowdy girls to a movie in Times Square McCourt struggles to find his way in the classroom and spends his evenings drinking with writers and dreaming of one day putting his own story to paper Teacher Man shows McCourt developing his unparalleled ability to tell a great story as five days a week five periods per day he works to gain the attention and respect of unruly hormonally charged or indifferent adolescents McCourt s rocky marriage his failed attempt to get a Ph D at Trinity College Dublin and his repeated firings due to his propensity to talk back to his superiors ironically lead him to New York s most prestigious school Stuyvesant High School where he finally finds a place and a voice Doggedness he says is not as glamorous as ambition or talent or intellect or charm but still the one thing that got me through the days and nights For McCourt storytelling itself is the source of salvation and in Teacher Man the journey to redemption and literary fame is an exhilarating adventure
Tis: A Memoir
Frank McCourt s glorious childhood memoir Angela s Ashes has been loved and celebrated by readers everywhere for its spirit its wit and its profound humanity A tale of redemption in which storytelling itself is the source of salvation it won the National Book Critics Circle Award the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize Rarely has a book so swiftly found its place on the literary landscape And now we have Tis the story of Frank s American journey from impoverished immigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur Frank lands in New York at age nineteen in the company of a priest he meets on the boat He gets a job at the Biltmore Hotel where he immediately encounters the vivid hierarchies of this classless country and then is drafted into the army and is sent to Germany to train dogs and type reports It is Frank s incomparable voice his uncanny humor and his astonishing ear for dialogue that renders these experiences spellbinding When Frank returns to America in 1953 he works on the docks always resisting what everyone tells him that men and women who have dreamed and toiled for years to get to America should stick to their own kind once they arrive Somehow Frank knows that he should be getting an education and though he left school at fourteen he talks his way into New York University There he falls in love with the quintessential Yankee long legged and blonde and tries to live his dream But it is not until he starts to teach and to write that Frank finds his place in the world The same vulnerable but invincible spirit that captured the hearts of readers in Angela s Ashes comes of age As Malcolm Jones said in his Newsweek review of Angela s Ashes It is only the best storyteller who can so beguile his readers that he leaves them wanting more when he is done and McCourt proves himself one of the very best Frank McCourt s Tis is one of the most eagerly awaited books of our time and it is a masterpiece
Angela and the Baby Jesus
When my mother Angela was six years old she felt sorry for the Baby Jesus in the Christmas crib at St Joseph s Church near School House Lane where she lived Frank McCourt s Pulitzer Prize winning memoir Angela s Ashes is a modern classic Now he has written a captivating Christmas story about Angela as a child often cold and hungry herself compelled to rescue the Baby Jesus and take him home This story is pure McCourt genuine irreverent and moving It is elegantly illustrated by two time Golden Kite Award winner Loren Long and is the perfect Christmas story for all ages
Las cenizas de Ángela: Una novela de memorias escrita en presente.
Cuando recuerdo mi infancia me pregunto cómo pude sobrevivir siquiera Fue naturalmente una infancia desgraciada se entiende euros las infancias felices no merecen que les prestemos atención La infancia desgraciada irlandesa es peor que cualquier otra infancia desgraciada pero la infancia desgraciada irlandesa católica es la peor de todas Así empiezan Las cenizas de Ángela uno de los grandes fenómenos editoriales de los últimos años En ellas el autor nos cuenta con el fino humor que le caracteriza y en el que se trasluce un extraordinario espíritu de supervivencia cómo su familia logra salir adelante en medio de una terrible pobreza y a pesar de todo tipo de adversidades