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)
Amazing book which I kept replaying through my mind during the day when I wasn't listening to the reading by Frank McCourt. Frank's book and reading helped me to recall things my Irish grand pa would say when I was a young child 50 some years ago. It is amazing to me the level of humor the Irish produce in the presence of incredible misery.
McCort gives an excellent point of view on what it was like for him to grow up in Ireland. Humor, sadness, and often feeling like I was a fly on the wall in his home.
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.
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