Angela's Ashes

Angela's Ashes

A Memoir

eBook - 1996
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The author recounts his childhood in Depression-era Brooklyn as the child of Irish immigrants who decide to return to worse poverty in Ireland when his infant sister dies.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, [1996]
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9780684864839
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 computer file 364 unnumbered pages.)

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Feb 04, 2020

I quite liked Angela's Ashes in book, audiobook (read by the author) and film form. The sequel 'Tis (1999) was not quite as entertaining, but Teacher Man (2005) was the disappointing rambling of someone I could no longer empathize with.

LPL_SarahM Jan 26, 2020

Better 25 years late than never!

Can't believe I only just read this masterpiece by Frank McCourt. What's left to say that hasn't already been said?

Time to read the sequel.

esmom1 Jul 16, 2019

This is one of my all time favorite reads. The humor he puts into the text really brings through a silver lining on the desperate times he grew up in. The two books that follow are also well written and makes you feel like you know Frank.

Jan 29, 2019

the book talks about Frank growing up but doesn't explain the ashes unless it's from the fires in the stove

Sep 14, 2018

Published in 1996, this memoir is the first of the trilogy, with the following books being “‘Tis” and “Teacher Man,” being published in 1999 and 2005. With “Angela’s Ashes,” the narrator, Frank McCourt talks about the challenges he has faced while growing up, such as the death of three of his siblings as infants and an abusive and alcoholic father, all up to the point where he moves to America at the end of the book, at the age of 19. Upon reading this book for English class, I would rate it a 4 out of 5. I have never read a memoir before this one as I find it quite boring to read about someone’s life, but the misery Frank went through growing up mixed with Frank’s humour allowed for an emotional rollercoaster throughout the whole book, creating a heartbreaking, yet funny book to read.
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Jul 01, 2018

Frank McCourt's rambling memoir about growing up a poor Catholic on the streets of Limerick won a Pulitzer Prize in 1997. I was surprised to find that the amount of humour in this book by far outweighed the amount of sorrow. I suspect that a few of the more outlandish tales in this book arise from a somewhat exaggerated sense of Irish humor, but I don't care because it makes for a hugely entertaining read even if Frank's own mother, Angela, declared that the book is a "pack of lies."

Jan 25, 2017

Frank McCourt is able to recount a life of abject poverty without becoming maudlin. While I'm not a fan of his prose style, he manages to capture the famous Irish sarcasm perfectly. After reading the synopsis, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading the book.

ArapahoeAlicia Aug 09, 2016

After living in Ireland as a child, I was always confused when people talked about Irish poverty in recent history as the country I knew was so vibrant. This book really opened my eyes to a world of poverty I had never really considered. Not a book for the faint of heart, but in my opinion McCourt offers the perfect balance of honest, depressing content with Irish story telling and humor. A terrific read.

Jul 14, 2016

Was this a good book? Tis. Tis indeed.

fatimax Apr 12, 2016

I wouldn't reread this book but it did take me a few tries to finish it. We read this for my English class and it honestly made me cry more times than I can count.

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Jul 14, 2016

Frank McCourt recounts his tale of growing up an impoverished little Irish boy. Regaling stories of what it's like to be in the midst of a good, Catholic community to the heart break brought on by the struggles his family faced (and created), Angela's Ashes is a worthy remembrance to the life he has led as a child and how he fought hard to survive.


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