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.
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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 McCourt gives life to his memoir through this beautiful, tragic, comical and wildly colourful narration. The book itself is wonderful, but the book as read by the author is magnanimous and powerfully real.
The daily struggles of a boy who saw things as they were and with great composure kept on going day by day.
The accent of course and the narration put me in Frank's shoes, if he had any at the time.
I saw that as troubled as his father was, he loved his children.
His family life was in constant turmoil yet he persevered.
IRISH TRUE GRIT
Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Each renders the experiences of a painful Irish coming-of-age heartbreaking vivid (and side-splittingly funny, at times). Several obvious parallels in Joyce's and McCourt's early experiences. Both give us an inside look at growing up in traditional Catholic Ireland.
Himself, of course - but a superlative performance throughout!
I'll never forget the scenes of Frankie and his little brother being jerked out of bed late at night by a drunken father late, lined up like little soldiers, and made to sing patriotic songs and promise to die for Ireland!
While I LOVE this book and performance overall, I dislike the last chapter. I guess Frank's "sexual liberation" upon landing in America is supposed to be a declaration of independence from being poor and oppressed in Catholic Ireland, but I found this a disappointing, anti-climactic (no pun intended) conclusion to an otherwise generally great book.
What can you say about a book that has already won a Pulitzer Prize Award. Well, for starters, the audio book is even better! It's read by Frank McCourt himself and no other reader could have done a better job. His matter of fact tone and cadence will, in itself, keep you laughing and sobbing. I especially loved the voices of the teachers and English. He just does an excellent job. It's like your in a pub having a pint and he's telling you his stories.
If you haven't read the book yet, well then it's simply a must read. This book captures the sorrows and joys of the time (30's and 40's) and place (mainly Limerick, Ireland) like no other. It's written and told in the first person as viewed by Mr. McCourt. If he's age seven or eighteen then the views are from a seven or eighteen year old Frank McCourt. And this is why I think the story is such a classic like no other. If you want to listen to a book about human endurance, spirit, and survival (when the world seems against you) and still find the humor in it all then this is the book to listen to!
Very interesting story, makes one appreciate what he has.
Frank & Angela, the main characters
No. Just made me kind of depressed to think that people had to live and die this way.
I would love to find out what happened next.
New England born want-to-be Irishman. I love stories set in Boston and Ireland.
I have listened to this story twice already and will probably listen again. Frank McCourt's voice and phrasing makes his words sing. This book must be listened to if you want to understand what he is trying to communicate. His Irish brogue is simply beautiful to hear.
His class room banter as young child and in his later books are magical!
I could listen to Frank McCourt read a phone book and enjoy it. He is fantastic.
Pathetic, Funny, Inspiring
The narration by Frank McCourt.
Determination can make it happen.
There is no way reading could pick up the emotion provided by Frank McCourt as the narrator.
Listening to the author read this was a true joy. The story is so depressing that I can hardly listen to it. But he soldiers on...this was his life.
I read the paper book but hearing Frank McCourt read it was great!It brought me back to my childhood growing up with Irish grandparents, aunts and uncles.
I never realized how much influence the catholic church had in Ireland.
I could feel as though I was in Ireland and New York at the time the book took place.
I liked it so much it's on to Tis for my next read.
I would recommend this to a friend because it is a real life story told straight from the person who experienced it.
The fact that Frank McCourt lived through all those hard times.
It is his story in his own words, that can never be transferred into print as accurately as his own voice can portray it.
No, I had to take a break from it at times as it has so many disturbing parts.
I sometimes listen to parts of the book again while driving simply because I miss the young boy from the "story".
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