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Angela's Ashes: A Memoir (Movie Tie-In)

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Even before Angela's Ashes won the Pulitzer Prize for autobiography, it was the most talked about memoir of the nineties. In fact, Angela's Ashes was one of the most highly acclaimed books of the decade, winning also the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Abby Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Though some might attribute the success of Angela's Ashes to the extreme circumstances of his story ("the poverty; the shiftless loquacious alcoholic father; the pious defeated mother moaning by the fire; pompous priests; bullying schoolmasters; the English and the terrible things they did to us for eight hundred long years...")

Publisher Comments:

Now a major motion picture from Paramount and Universal Pictures International.

The #1 national bestseller. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and the ABBY Award.

"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.

Review:

"Angela's Ashes owes its widespread appeal to Frank McCourt's exceptional skills as a storyteller. Certainly, destitution made a lousy babysitter. The mischievous and resourceful McCourt children were often perceived as filthy little hooligans. Nonetheless, a miserable Irish Catholic childhood does provide a number of great anecdotes. And in McCourt's confident hands, his otherwise grim upbringing is as hilarious and poignant as it is troubling." Lilus, Powells.com

Synopsis:

Now the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir of growing up poor and Catholic in Ireland is available in a movie-tie-in edition, just in time for the holiday release from Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures International. The movie is directed by Academy Award-winning Alan Parker and stars Emily Watson and Robert Carlyle.

About the Author

Frank McCourt returned to America when he was nineteen. For many years, he was an English teacher at Stuyvesant High School in New York City. The sequel to Angela's Ashes, 'Tis, will be published in the fall of 1999. McCourt lives in Connecticut.

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brunettegal418, January 3, 2008 (view all comments by brunettegal418)
Though I read this book a long time ago, remembering this book brought back memories of fantastic and moving writing, a twist-and-turn storyline, and the idea of surviving through anything with love and hope. Not only does Frank McCourt create an imaginable setting of Irish immigrant living, but he tells a moving story that will always stay with the reader. A must read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684872179
Subtitle:
A Memoir (Movie Tie-In)
Author:
McCourt, Frank
Publisher:
Scribner
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Family/Interpersonal Memoir
Subject:
Irish americans
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19991130
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.57x5.57x.90 in. .93 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Scribner - English 9780684872179 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Angela's Ashes owes its widespread appeal to Frank McCourt's exceptional skills as a storyteller. Certainly, destitution made a lousy babysitter. The mischievous and resourceful McCourt children were often perceived as filthy little hooligans. Nonetheless, a miserable Irish Catholic childhood does provide a number of great anecdotes. And in McCourt's confident hands, his otherwise grim upbringing is as hilarious and poignant as it is troubling."
"Synopsis" by , Now the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir of growing up poor and Catholic in Ireland is available in a movie-tie-in edition, just in time for the holiday release from Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures International. The movie is directed by Academy Award-winning Alan Parker and stars Emily Watson and Robert Carlyle.
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