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Angelas Ashes : A Memoir

Frank McCourt  Author

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Angelas Ashes : A Memoir

English

ISBN: 068484267X

EAN: 9780684842677

Category: Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural/Biography & Autobiography / General/Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

Publisher: Scribner

Release Date: 05/31/1999

Synopsis: When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood. So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Franks mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Franks father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy-exasperating, irresponsible, and beguiling-does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Frank lives for his fathers tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies. Perhaps it is story that accounts for Franks survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pigs head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors-yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance, and remarkable forgiveness. Angelas Ashes, imbued on every page with Frank McCourts astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.

Awards: American Library Association Notable Books – null  Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award – null  National Book Critics Circle Awards – null  Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year – null  Pulitzer Prize – null  Rea Non-Fiction Prize (Boston, Massachusetts) – null 

Angelas Ashes : A Memoir

Illustrated: No

Format: Paperback

Height: 0.8 inches

Width: 5.5 inches

Length: 8.44 inches

Weight: 11.85 oz

Pages: 368