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Angelas Ashes: A Memoir
Angelas Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt 068484267X 9780684842677
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Angelas Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt

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. Franks mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Franks 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 fathers 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 Franks survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pigs 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.Angelas Ashes,imbued on every page with Frank McCourts astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.

Author: Frank McCourt

Language: English

Edition: 1st Touchstone Ed., 1999

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 368

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: 1999-05-25

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