Angela's Ashes

Angela's Ashes

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"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 does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Perhaps it is a story that accounts for Frank's survival. Wearing shoes repaired with tires, begging a pig's head for Christmas dinner, and searching the pubs for his father, 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2005]
ISBN: 9780743595117
Branch Call Number: eAUDIO OVERDRI


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Nov 17, 2016

Nov 16, 2016.....this one is a hit for Rick! (and me as well.)

Dec 27, 2015

I never would have figured out how to pronounce some of the words in McCourt's dialogues by the spelling he uses to indicate regional accents, so the author's own narration is exceptionally helpful, as well as entertaining and beautiful to listen to.

Aug 01, 2015

A tender and lighthearted recounting of the childhood, boyhood, and youth of the author, who lived in abject poverty.


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