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)
i have read the book before. now after listening to the real frank mccourt tell is story with his accent brings the story a whole new life. great story of poverty and triumph. i highly recommend this book.
The story itself is quite compelling, but having it read by the author himself to emphasize the words and phrases in his own way, adds a unique and incomparable dimension. It literally brings the story to life, as if Frank McCourt were sitting across the table and telling you the story of his early life.
Frank Mccourt's life was Heartbreaking, Depressing seemingly hopeless at times! I truly admire and respect this man for all he accomplished with his will to pull himself out of the ghetto's in Ireland and following him on his journey for a better life in America. I've listened to all his books several times and watched the Movie Angela's Ashes numerous times. It's sad he passed away way too early. I wanted to hear more of his stories. RIP Frank McCourt.
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend & have! Keeps you very interested!
The stealing of fruit while they were in the park watching the twins.
The dialect was great in the book. Really put you in the book!
Made you laugh & cry!
I truly enjoyed listening to this book. Frank McCourt is a great storyteller, I felt immersed in Irish/American history. Struggles, that typical Americans cannot even fathom, enveloped a great many of its immigrants. My Irish immigrant ancestors live in me, and I hope that I continue their quest for the dream of opportunity.
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