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)
You mean the movie lied!?
Funny, sad & magnificent story that will stay with you long after the book has ended and read by the author.
This book made me laugh, cry, and gave me a better understanding of a world through the eyes of a child.
Reading this exquisitely beautiful and painful memoir is a rich experience, but HEARING MCCOURT deliver all the voices himself (his innocent boyhood rising when he reads his own quotes), and SING IRISH SONGS from Limerick--I have never experienced a more worthy audio book.
McCourt brings his accent plus a certain realism.
This is a wonderful book that makes appreciate my ancestry even more.
This reading is so much more than a very fine book. He makes the pathos role out like a drum. It's incredibly sad. And it's incredibly funny. And in the end the production left me feeling more grateful and more hopeful about my own life. I wish the same for you.
So fun to listen to. My catholic guilt gushing the whole time...couldn't stop giggling to hear all the boy antics- I'm a mother of 3 boys. Loved it. Cute slice of life read. Refreshing .
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