Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1) by Frank McCourt

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Read Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1) Online Free - “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.



Title : Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1)
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ISBN : 0007205236
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 432 pages


Reviews


Eric rated it ★★★★☆

December 03, 2013

Before I get too deep into my review, let me just say this: "Angela's Ashes" is one of the most depressing books I have ever read. That said, it is also fascinating, heartbreaking, searingly honest narration told in the face of extreme poverty and alcoholism. This absolutely entrancing memoir fol...


Gail rated it ★★★★★

December 14, 2016

What, did NO one find this book funny except me??? I must be really perverse. Although the account of Frank's bad eyes was almost physically painful to read, the rest of the story didn't seem too odd or sad or overdone to me. My dad's family were immigrants; his father died young of cirrhosis of t...


Mitch rated it ★★★★★

November 18, 2015

I read his book, then I got to know him, and rarely will you find as similar a voice between the man and the writer as in this memoir. A tragic gem of a childhood story.


David rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 15, 2007

But the worst offender of the last twenty years has to be the uniquely meretricious drivel that constitutes "Angela's Ashes". Dishonest at every level, slimeball McCourt managed to parlay his mawkish maunderings to commercial success, presumably because the particular assortment of rainsodden cli...


George Bradford rated it ★★★★☆

March 16, 2008

“If you had the luck of the Irish You’d be sorry and wish you was dead If you had the luck of the Irish Then you’d wish you was English instead” How can ONE book be so WONDERFUL and so HORRIBLE at the same time? I have no idea. But this book is both. Big time. It’s difficult to imagine anything worse...


Steve rated it ★★★★☆

February 10, 2017

There once was a lad reared in Limerick, Quite literally without a bone to pick. His da used scant earnings To slake liquid yearnings; In American parlance – a dick. To get past a father who drank In a place that was dismal and dank, He wrote not in rhymes, But of those shite times A memoir that filled u...


Maxwell rated it ★★★★☆

July 10, 2016

Quite different from other memoirs I read--especially the brand of memoir that's been coming out in the last few years--Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes tells of the author's poverty-stricken childhood in Ireland in the early 20th century. It's told from the first person present perspective, which...


Lyn rated it ★★★★☆

April 02, 2016

Angela’s Ashes is a beautifully written, painfully honest account of Frank McCourt’s childhood in Limerick, Ireland. Frank’s parents, both Irish, met in New York and began their family there. McCourt himself was born in New York, but this was in the 1930s and the depression hurt everyone and every...


Jonathan rated it ★★★★☆

January 14, 2016

I have to admit that I didn't love the first third of this book but I realize the information gained there made me enjoy the rest even more. At times, this book was a beautiful dark comedy, "There is nothing like a wake for having a good time," and I think that some day I might make my kids promi...


Brina rated it ★★★★★

February 22, 2016

Read pre goodreads. I've seen it pop up on a lot of people's feeds. One of the most inspiring books I ever read.





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