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)
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 .
I'd heard that many Irish were upset over this book due to some possible imbellishments of the truth. I'd say take the book for what it is a memoir from the p.o.v. of Frank McCourt. His father told them wild stories, it's not hard to see the apple stayed close to the tree.
It was amazing to hear the author telling his own story.. this was a really good book and kept me coming back even when I should have been working or sleeping.
I really enjoyed the book. The author/narrator added a fun side to all the family members in the book. Knowing that this is a story of his like it pulls on the heart strings to hear some of the trials and experiences he has growing up in the US and Ireland during the depression and the war.
I loved that no matter what happened to their family, no matter how bad their struggles the children still had a strong sense of love and togetherness with their mother.
I really liked the section about his younger school years and his understanding as a child about taking communion for the first time.
I was a little disappointed in the ending. He had built up his dream of returning to America and then it just ended leaving you hanging a little, wondering what happened to his family and his future. I was left wanting to know more.
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I did read other peoples reviews about why they were not fussed on the book. I however thought it was good. It gave me an insight into someone's life, it was interesting what others had to endure, and a great reality as to how far we have come. Obviously, you have to take things with a pinch of salt but I would recommend others to read/listen.
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Lyric phrasing, rich characters, unadorned speech reflecting unadorned people, religious constraints, hardship and deprivation unimaginable to most people, and abounding love for family, country and church -- all these elements combine to create an inspiring, uplifting and entertaining tale of growing up in Limerick, Ireland. Thank you, Frank McCormack, for narrating your story for us! What a treat.
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.
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