Angela's Ashes: A Memoir of a Childhood

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Harper Perennial, 2005 - Children - 452 pages
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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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It's great, loved the writing and story telling. - Goodreads
This book was HARD to read. - Goodreads
The ending was happy though. - Goodreads
There is some great writing in this book. - Goodreads
I also found the storytelling to be close to flawless. - Goodreads
Frank McCourt's storytelling was classic. - Goodreads

Review: Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt #1)

User Review  - Eli Mandel - Goodreads

Wow! What a powerful book! I haven't leaked while reading almost any other book as much as I did while reading this. I also found the storytelling to be close to flawless. I had to remind myself that ... Read full review

Review: Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt #1)

User Review  - Patsy - Goodreads

Read this my sophomore year of high school. It is the most depressing book I've ever read. Nothing good ever happens. Looking back it seems a bit heavy for some 15 and 16 year olds. Will probably reread to see how I feel now that I'm a bit older. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

'Angela's Ashes' won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics' Circle Award. For thirty years he taught in NYC schools, before, in his 60s, settling down to write his story.

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