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Angela's Ashes (The Frank McCourt Memoirs) (edition 1996)

by Frank McCourt (Author)

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Title:Angela's Ashes (The Frank McCourt Memoirs)
Authors:Frank McCourt (Author)
Info:Scribner (1996), 364 pages
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Review: Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. 03/12/2017

This book was a tough one for me. Frank McCourt is a great writer but for some reason I thought his memoir had no emotion to it. Reading about the accounts of his family’s struggles and his terrible childhood was gloomy as he told it. I know how it feels to be brought in a dysfunctional family and I couldn’t feel any emotions coming from McCourt’s written work. I was sad because I couldn’t pick up any feeling from him. The compassion was there for people who do live this way but as I read I couldn’t feel what this family went through. Plus, I was upset with myself because as I read I felt at times wondering if the story was true…I’m totally sure it was but I just lacked feeling his emotions.

The memoir of Frank McCourt, who was born in a depression era in Brooklyn, New York to Irish immigrants and traveling back to the slums of Limerick, Ireland at four years old where all their family members lived, Frank begins his story. He writes about his father, Malachy, passing on a gift of storytelling to him from a young age. He told Frank about the Irish heroes, the past about Ireland, their neighbors in Limerick and many stories beyond Ireland’s shores. However, he also tells about how his father was an alcoholic and how he worked off and on and when he got paid his father would go spend his entire pay at the tavern while his mother, himself and his siblings were home with no food. Frank tells the reader the painful loss of his siblings to sickness and hunger and how his mother, Angela, would go out begging for charity, and how the stench of the sewage outhouse stood right beside his house and was used for all families on that street.

When McCourt nears adolescence he discovers the shame of poverty, the mystery of sex, and the power of the Catholic Church. Even though Frank’s father was undependable, annoying and charming at the same time his stories of who saved Ireland fascinated Frank and he felt he could carry the stories on to others. Everything the McCourt’s went through it’s amazing that some of them survive. Their diapers were made form rags, having to beg for meat for a Christmas dinner and had to settle on a pig head, and trying to stay warm and cook with coal droppings they gathered near the coal pickup area. I give Frank credit on how he tolerated poverty for all his childhood years, being near starvation and occasional cruelty from relatives and neighbors and to be able to write his story with powerful determination, and remarkable absolution…I know what they went through…I just didn’t feel it in his words… ( )
  Juan-banjo | Mar 14, 2017 |
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Parker, AlanDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carlyle, Robertsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCourt, FrankOriginal booksecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Life in impoverished Depression-era Ireland holds little promise for young Frank McCourt, the oldest son in a tightly-knit family. Living by his wits, cheered by his irrepressible spirit, and sustained by his mother's fierce love, Frank embarks on an inspiring journey to overcome the poverty of his childhood and reach the land of his dreams: America.… (more)

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