Angela's Ashes: A Memoir of a Childhood

by Frank McCourt | Biographies & Memoirs |
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Journal Entry 1 by wingTaryawing from Tammela, Kanta-Häme / Egentliga Tavastland Finland on Tuesday, July 21, 2015
A Pulitzer Prize-winning, #1 New York Times bestseller, Angela's Ashes is Frank McCourt's masterful memoir of his childhood in Ireland.

“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.

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First published 1996

Flamingo 1997

Journal Entry 2 by wingTaryawing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, July 25, 2015

Released 8 yrs ago (7/25/2015 UTC) at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland



Lue ja vapauta -

Journal Entry 3 by puskailves at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, August 19, 2015
This one goes next to UK.

Journal Entry 4 by wingReetPetitewing at Beeston, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Thank you very much for the book & the postcard. I went to the Convention at Oxford as well. Good weekend. Did you bring back loads of books?

Journal Entry 5 by wingReetPetitewing at The White Swan Leeds in Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Released 8 yrs ago (10/31/2015 UTC) at The White Swan Leeds in Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom


To be taken to the meet up at The Swan

Journal Entry 6 by TonyWalkerLeeds at Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, September 11, 2021
A good read about the poverty, deprivation and struggle in Ireland against those conditions imposed almost entirely because of the 800 year occupation by the English. A fight hampered and maintained by religion and the Catholic church in particular.

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