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.
©1997 Frank McCourt, All Rights Reserved; (P)1997 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, Audioworks is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division Simon & Schuster Inc.
"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)
Many things about Angela's Ashes were worth the length. Excellent description and use of language take a person to the Irish countryside. The characters are many faceted and came to life. The ending however was a great dissappointment after such a literary journey.
As a regular non-fiction reader, I was delighted by this story and found myself very eager to get back in the car to listen to more. The autobiographical nature and the author reading his own work really gave this selection the "real" story that I prefer in non-fiction. My only criticism is that the story ended rather abruptly, leaving me in a state of severe withdrawal. I do not like to read books and then see the movies, or vice versa, as I feel I blur the author's original intentions, but I find myself really craving to see this movie. I have since figured out that the author continues his tale in the book "Tis." I won't be able to download that fast enough.
Not quite sure how this made a most popular list. Hearing history firsthand was interesting. It was just so painful to listen to the neglect Mr. McCourt endured, and to hear the drunken waste that his father imparted to his life over and over and over again - well I'd rather have a root canal.
It wasn't all bad, but just slow and repetitive - but it was a memoir so that was his life. Just hard to stay involved at times. Other times - hillarious and completely captivating.
So if you're in the mood for a schizophrenic listen, then this is your book.
I had high hopes for this book since it had so much acclaim. I thought that perhaps it had a different twist on life that made the story more remarkable and more noteworthy. It didn't.
There are a lot of well-written stories about poverty, abuse, and coming-of-age, as this is. But this book doesn't add anything new to the genre. If not for McCourt's accent, I would have been bored to tears.
This could have been a beautiful story. Frank endured things which can make one great. I would warn anyone looking for a soul-inspiring story that this book, while generally a wonderful story, is littered with crassness, and disgusting episodes of self indulgence.
As I listened to this audiobook, I couldn't help but think that my seven year old niece could tell a more coherent story, things were repeated several times that were not important, repetitive details
Poor Frank McCourt had a rough life... He did a good job of portraying the Irish drinking and filthy language problems. This book was VERY drawn out. I only listened to the first half, and skipped through the rest of it. I kept thinking the plot would thicken, or he would make something of himself. I listened to the ending and was SOOO glad I didn't waste another 7 hours on the second half of the book. Don't waste your time...
The Author has a nice way with words but for my taste he is much too datail oriented - I have a need for speed ;-)
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