Pulitzer Prize, Biography/Autobiography, 1997
National Book Critics Circle, Biography/Autobiography, 1997
Frank McCourt's Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, movingly read in his own voice, bears all the marks of a classic. Born in Depression-era Brooklyn to Irish immigrant parents, Frank was later raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. His mother, Angela, had no money to feed her children since Frank's father, Malachy, rarely worked, and when he did, he drank his wages. Angela's Ashes is the story of how Frank endured - wearing shoes repaired with tires, begging for a pig's head for Christmas dinner, and searching the pubs for his father - a tale he relates with eloquence, exuberance, and remarkable forgiveness.
Listen to Frank McCourt talk about this book on C-SPAN's Booknotes (7/11/97).
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"Frank McCourt is a marvelous writer whose words are made all the better when he reads them aloud..." (Bookpage)
"...one of the best I've heard in years." (The Boston Globe)
"...so good it deserves a sequel" (The New York Times)
Frank is an endearing child/teenager. I find it difficult to truly comprehend the depth of disappointment & lack of overall care that he (& many) faced in childhood. Endearing from the heart of a child as the reader "peaks" into his thoughts & wondering as he grew & facing much sadness & adversity. His story is well told in this book. I look forward to reading the next 2 books which Frank McCourt wrote to reveal more of his life story as he grows into a young, then fully grown, man.
Frank McCourt brings joy and authenticity to the story of his childhood in Ireland. I think having the writer narrate what they have written makes the listener feel what he feels and take each step in their shoes. Loved it!
Frank is a fascinating author .... His humor in telling of his upbringing in Ireland is great . Loved that he narrated it
One of the top three audiobooks I have heard.
Frank of course, the book is him and everyone else just makes the story
The twins, made me so sad when they died.
very much so. We take so much for granted in our generation. My parents told stories of the depression in America, but never to this level of poverty
Having the author perform the book really makes it special. The songs, stories, etc. It does go on and on a bit, but there also is humor and escape.
I loved how the author was so transparent and accurate. The story shows how different children were treated back then and in that depressed area of the world. It shows how much more civilized we are as a people now.
It was painful to hear some of the ways people treated one another. They were just people just like the rest of us. They were so poor and their circumstances were horrendous.
Men! Wow! Could it be any more obvious that men ruled the world? Thank god that is changing too!
I recommend this book to all young people. They need to appreciate how far society has come and we all need to help better the circumstances for the poor.
I hope there's a sequel!
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