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Angela's Ashes: A Memoir of a Childhood [Paperback]

Frank McCourt

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6 Dec 1999

Special edition of the bestselling classic, to tie-in with the release of Alan Parker’s major new film of Angela’s Ashes

Angela’s Ashes is Frank McCourt’s sad, funny, bittersweet memoir of growing up in New York in the 30s and in Ireland in the 40s. It is a story of extreme hardship and suffering, in Brooklyn tenements and Limerick slums – too many children, too little money, his mother Angela barely coping as his father Malachy’s drinking bouts constantly brought the family to the brink of disaster. It is a story of courage and survival against apparently overwhelming odds.

Written with the vitality and resonance of a work of fiction, and a remarkable absence of sentimentality, Angela’s Ashes is imbued on every page with Frank McCourt’s distinctive humour and compassion. Out of terrible circumstances, he has created a glorious book in the tradition of Ireland’s literary masters, which bears all the marks of a great classic.

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  • 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
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I saw the cover and wondered why the boy looked so sad and lonely.. 8 Aug 2014
By Riverbank Books - Published on
I will start by stating that I am not a big reader of non-fiction. The reason I read this book is because of the cover; I saw the cover and wondered why the boy looked so sad and lonely. This is one of the most depressing books I have ever read. Frank McCourt tells the story of his family with such heartbreaking reality but with a humorous side as well. It made me hug my children and be thankful for all we have. I couldn't put the book down until I found out what happened to the little boy on the cover. I even bought the sequel, Tis before I finished Angela's Ashes
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book! 7 July 2014
By Hermic - Published on
This is a memoir written about a boy growing up impoverished in Ireland. His father is an alcoholic that can rarely find or keep work, his mother struggles to keep the family going. The way it is written describes the poverty they lived in without dwelling on it and "trying for sympathy". I think what I liked best about this book is the humor with which some stories are told-- through the eyes/mind/understanding of a child. It is a humorous, heartfelt recall of his growing up with all the hardships the family experienced.
5.0 out of 5 stars angel's Ashes 15 Mar 2014
By blackford54 - Published on
I saw the movie before I read the book I thought I had to read the book. I was sadden by what his father did and what his mother had to do to put food on the table. Don't recall what happen to his siblings. If he hasn't already he should write a book on their point of how they felt about what was going on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Angela's Ashes 20 Sep 2011
By Joy M. Peeler - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the second read for Angela's Ashes, it is a moving book about an immigrant family and the struggles ensued over the years. As I read the story, my mind begins thinking of my own mother's life as an immigrant and I plan to write a book about it.
Joy Peeler
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