Angela’s Ashes is a poignant and intimate memoir by the author of Hunger, from which it takes its title. Through his childhood in New York during the Depression and his youth in Limerick, Ireland, Frank McCourt details how the Irish way of life was a constant source of pain and suffering. As he grows into adulthood, Angela’s Ashes is inspired by his mother, who is one of the most important characters in the book. It is also an account of their struggles with poverty; war; alcoholism; family issues; racism; and hunger.
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.”Unforgettable” (The New York Times Book Review), this powerful memoir about growing up in Limerick in Ireland recaptures Frank McCourt’s memories of living on the mean streets with his family and coming of age during the Great Depression
One of the most uplifting and vivid memoirs ever produced, Angela’s Ashes is a mesmerizing story of a young boy’s tenement immigrant family during the Depression. Moonlighting as a teacher, telling stories of how he grew up on potato-stooters, clipping coupons and dreaming of America has never been more entertaining or heartrending than in this marvelously entertaining read.
When Angela’s Ashes hits the shelves, it will be a joyous event: a new classic that has been in the making for many years. This has all the marks of a classic: humor and compassion, including passages about death and religion, an amazing story with incredible characters–all set to music, even on paper.
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Imbued on every page with Frank McCourt’s astounding humor and compassion. This is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.
“When I look back on my childhood, I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: a 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 Pulitzer Prize-winning 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.