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Angela's Ashes: A Memoir

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Publisher Comments:

andlt;Iandgt;Angela's Ashesandlt;/Iandgt;, imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;"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."andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; 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.

Book News Annotation:

A beautifully written memoir full of Irish wit and pathos, making it stand out among the garden variety of youthful reminisces. Let's face it, a bad childhood is more interesting and McCourt had it in spades. He was born in Brooklyn, but his family went back to Ireland where he grew up on the dole exacerbated by alcoholism (his father's), near starvation, beatings by the schoolmasters, and a brief respite in clinic where he discovered Shakespeare. All of this would be merely stereotype in less capable hands, but McCourt's mastery of language manages to make us understand the gentleness, forgiveness, and humor that accompanies misery and enables its protagonists to survive with dignity.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

"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.

About the Author

Frank McCourtFrank McCourt was a writing teacher at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan for many years and performed with his brother Malachy in A Couple of Blaguards, a musical review about their Irish youth. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684874357
Author:
McCourt, Frank
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Author:
McCourt, Frank
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Genealogy
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Irish americans
Subject:
Limerick (Limerick, Ireland) Biography.
Subject:
Irish Americans -- Ireland -- Limerick (Limerick) -- Biography.
Subject:
Limerick
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Limerick (Limerick, Ireland)
Subject:
Biography-Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
ireland, irish, immigrant, great depression, pulitzer, memoir, national book critics circle, book critics circle, family, family saga, colm toibin, toibin, stuyvesant high school, malaky mccourt, limerick, teacher man, tis, cuchulain, poverty, coming of a
Subject:
ireland, irish, immigrant, great depression, pulitzer, memoir, national book critics circle, book critics circle, family, family saga, colm toibin, toibin, stuyvesant high school, malaky mccourt, limerick, teacher man, tis, cuchulain, poverty, coming of a
Subject:
ireland, irish, immigrant, great depression, pulitzer, memoir, national book critics circle, book critics circle, family, family saga, colm toibin, toibin, stuyvesant high school, malaky mccourt, limerick, teacher man, tis, cuchulain, poverty, coming of a
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2nd Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
27
Publication Date:
September 1996
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
frontespiece photo
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 19.67 oz

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Product details 368 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9780684874357 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "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.
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