Angela's Ashes: A Memoir of a Childhood

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Harper Perennial, 2005 - Children - 452 pages
225 Reviews
THE RUNAWAY NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND AUDIE AWARD WINNER 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 does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Perhaps it is a story that accounts for Frank's survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig's head for Christmas dinner, and searching the pubs for his father, 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. Imbued with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion -- and movingly read in his own voice -- Angela's Ashes is a glorious audiobook that bears all the marks of a classic.

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This book was HARD to read. - Goodreads
There is some great writing in this book. - Goodreads
I also found the storytelling to be close to flawless. - Goodreads
The writing is lyrical and concise. - Goodreads
Frank McCourt's storytelling was classic. - Goodreads
And Mr. McCourt's writing style brought it all to life. - Goodreads

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

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This is probably my new favorite book. There were about four different sections in 'Angela's Ashes' where I started to tear up and several times when I wanted to laugh. The great and terrible thing ... Read full review

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

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I had to read this book for school, and I was a bit weary at first because it seemed so depressing, but my goodness was this an amazing book! It certainly is sad, but with plenty of humorous and ... 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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