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.
I highly recommend Angela's Ashes. A true story written by the author but using the point of view he had as a child growing up in extremely tough times. Because it's all he knew at the time, his perception is one of acceptance and survival. This book and such an impact on me. A must read!
I absolutely love this author, I have collected all his works in hardback. Truly a person who worked hard and was able to achieve the American dream. Books can be a little gritty for those who are used to mainstream, happy books but they will move you. I am a jaded reader and it takes alot to touch me and I have loved everyone of his books
On recommendation of a friend I read this book. I'm not a memoir reader but am happy I read this one. It reads like a novel that draws you in almost immediately. The horrors, struggles and happiness (if you can call it that) are astounding. How Frank survived is unbelievable and survived to become a functioning member of society. In my own story I can relate to his survival and shedding his troubled childhood. Frank's story shows what can happen if you want to change your life.
Loved this book! Couldn't put it down. Did not enjoy the sequel, "Tis" quite as much, but this one was a real winner. Incredible how he writes from a child's perspective at the beginning. I was engaged all the way through.
This is memoir of the author of his growing up years in America, then back to his parents homeland of Ireland. I was amazed at the many ways they tried to keep warm with few clothes, no blankets, scraps of coal from the streets, hot water tea and a small portion of bread for their meager meals. Few of us can understand their pain of so little food and then the loss when three children die but strive to carry on for the sake of the living children. I was captivated by Frank's desire to earn money to help his family and eventually return to America, his lifelong dream.
The picture on the cover, though it may not be Frank McCourt himself, personifies the childhood he had: poor, barefoot, yet smiling. He survives without the bitterness that some others acquire.
It is hard for some of us to read about her relatives turning their backs on Angela when she falls into depression after her baby girl dies, and then when the twins die. Angela, as well as Frank, beg and steal to keep the family fed and together.
This book was hard for me to get into at first because of the author's writing style but I soon got into it and couldnt put it down!I ordered the sequel and cant wait to read it. This book is a lot of things rolled into one..sad, tragic, humorous, heart-wrenching, surprising.. Angela's Ashes is a true story about a little boy who barely survived his dirt-poor childhood in Ireland. His father was an alcoholic and hardly every worked. His mother struggled to feed and take care of her children. most relatives were uncaring and mean. This story will really tug at your heart
I found this book to be very depressing, and seemingly never-ending. Dad's drunk, beating Mom and the kids, but we still love him. Now he's quit drinking, and everything is great. Oops, he fell off the wagon again, and we have to move to a hovel, and be subjected to beatings once more. But wait, he has quit drinking again....and the cycle continues through the entire book. I read it because of the rave reviews, but still do not understand what all the hubbub was about. Will not be reading any more of this author's books.
I thought life in America was hard, but it was nothing compared to the life of the Irish during the depression....as I read of his childhood, and what his family survived I knew that I would never again complain of my own life, because it was nothing in comparison to these strong powerful families.....a must read, well worth you time to get to know this family....I couldn't put it down until the last page, and even than I thought, I have to find his other books to see how his life continued from there....
I loved this book, plain and simple. I don't know many other authors who could tell such a tragic story and make you laugh all the way through it, but McCourt does it, and does it well, without losing the message of the story. It'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry, it'll make you think. I can't recommend it highly enough.
what is it that transforms a childhood blighted by poverty, death and disease into a story that shines with love and leaps off the page in language of rare energy music and humor? in the case of angela's ashes, I think it must be frank mccourt's soul. this memoir is the best i've read in years.
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.
Frank McCourt's vivid and compelling account of his childhood in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Horrifying and bleak, humourous and compassionate...sometimes all at once. McCourt's memoir is also an amazing account of story-telling and the redemptive role that it played in his family's life. Deeply moving, beautifully written. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. If you love memoir, you must read this book!
This is a true story of the author's terrible childhood in 1930s Ireland.
He suffered through the negative effects of a severe and unthinking Irish Catholic upbringing, coupled with his parents alcoholism and irresponsibility. You won't soon forget his story, which will make you thankful for your own dull and boring upbringing by average middle class parents.
"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.
I enjoyed this book very much. A quick read as the writer keeps you wanting to find out what happens next in his up and down life as a young boy.
Really give you a chance to appreciate the things in life that we take for granted like, flush toilets, and apples.