- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Flamingo; Film tie-in edition edition (6 Dec. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0002571668
- ISBN-13: 978-0002571661
- Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 14.6 x 3.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Angela's Ashes: A Memoir of a Childhood Paperback – 6 Dec 1999
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About the Author
frank mccourt has published just one book, Angela’s Ashes. It won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; it has sold 1.5 million copies in its Flamingo editions alone and tens of millions worldwide. For thirty years he taught in NYC schools, before, in his 60s, settling down to write his story.
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I reflected on my own Irish heritage. My maternal line full of Irish suffering and finding a new life in America during the Great Famine. My own Irish grandfather's life a testament to the stereotype; drinking himself to death at barely 50. I have romanticized Ireland my whole life. I have always wanted to make a special trip to see the famed land my ancestors regrettably left. I have to admit, the romance has died after reading "Angela's Ashes". The book hardly finds one kind soul and more folklore and superstition than this American can handle. It is certainly not a book to boast about Irish hospitality or family.
Though I found disappointment in McCourt's Ireland, my biggest disappointment was the book itself. It is one of the most heartfelt reads I've come across in a long time, but the ending is anticlimactic. I kept drudging through the last 8 chapters or so where Frank has hit puberty and hit it rather hard in vivid detail. The second half of the book seems to be all about wanking; wanking in the fields, wanking in lavatories, wanking in parks. I kept thinking, if I could just get through, Angela is going to die, it's going to be sob-worthy, Frank is going to have some clear realization, and there will be a happy ending for him. There is a happy ending for him indeed. It just isn't the kind I expected. And what are Angela's "ashes" anyway?