Angela's Ashes Author:Frank McCourt "Every once in a while, a lucky reader comes across a book that makes an indelible impression, a book you immediately want to share with everyone around you... Frank McCourt's life, and his searing telling of it, reveals all we need to know about being human." Detroit Free Press
This book won the Pullitzer prize and is excellent. It is hard to understand the kind of poverty that drove so many immigrants to this country. This book recalls the Northern Ireland childhood of the author and is the story of his family and their survival. An amazing story that is, in a way, the story of many of our grandparents who came here to find a better life not only for themselves but their decendants- us. If you are not grateful, you will be after reading this book.
This is a very moving and heart wrenching story of a young boy's life. It details life in Ireland, in the poorest sections of town, most of the time in gruesome and honest detail. I'm glad I read it, but it's not for everyone. It deals with severe alcoholism, emotional and physical neglect of infants and children; and basically , "man's inhumanity towards man".
I had never heard of this book before coming on PBS...I saw it when I did the search option, and thought it sounded good, and it is now one of my top favorite books of all time. What a great book, and now that I have it, I don't know if I will part with my copy or not. :-) I highly recommend it, very very good reading.
One of those books that horrifies and facinates at the same time. To think that "modern" times can still have such challenges as the characters in this book were faced with is hard to think about. However, McCort's written voice (heck, you can almost hear the broge while reading it) and the written tone is light in many places, and the missunderstandings and misshaps caused by such utter "ignorance" of the time and place are often hysterical.
This was a wonderful book in many ways - whose story I need not describe here since it has become so well known - but personally I became more and more disturbed by Frank's father and his utter failure in his role as protector and provider for his family. What he allowed to happen to his family, because of his own weaknesses, was unforgiveable, and Frank's hopeful attempts to see the best when his father would come 'round again were heartbreaking.
Excellent story told by a preteen boy in a poor town in Ireland. He talks about his poor family, how they live and get food, he talks about the church and the presence they have in Ireland, he talks about his odd jobs. It is an honest memoir of a young boy who is lost and trying to figure out life and what to do with his. I liked learning about the reality of the culture of a small Ireland town. This book is definately worth reading.
The story is tragic and emotionally draining but it just may make you appreciate your own childhood. The author's writing style is much like reading over journal entries and the thoughts can be a bit "choppy" but as the book progresses, it is easier to appreciate.
This is a very difficult book to read. Few of us have experienced such poverty and to read and know this is not fiction but the true life accounting of the author caused me to feel extreme discomfort. But, like watching a car wreck, you cannot help but continue on through accounts of hunger, pain, and hurtful family relationships. In fact, I ordered the follow-on book of Frank McCourt's life so that I might understand where he landed and how he saved himself from the utter despair of his childhood. Great book.
A wonderfully written memoir. I read this book when I was 12 and enjoyed it, then reread it again when I was older and understood so much more of it. A good read about the life of an Irish boy, definitely recommended
Angela's Ashes was humorous and heart-wrenching at the same time. The intricate details Mr. McCourt writes about really puts the reader in war torn Ireland (Secretly wishing for a Guiness- but that's just me...)
It was one of those endearing books that made me want to read every other book he has written.....In fact, I immediately started 'Tis as soon as I put this one down.
This is another case of a well-written book that has a compelling story that I so wish I could share with my teenagers. But the vulgar parts are just too much, which is really a shame because this is a tale that the kids of today should learn.
I read this book and really enjoyed listening to it on tape. It is a special treat to have the author reading it. I couldn't wait to resume driving in my car so that I could continue to hear the story. Very, very good read and even better "listen".