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Frank McCourt's haunting memoir takes on new life when the author reads from his Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Recounting scenes from his childhood in New York City and Limerick, Ireland, McCourt paints a brutal yet poignant picture of his early days when there was rarely enough food on the table, and boots and coats were a luxury. In a melodic Irish voice that often lends a gentle humor to the unimaginable, the author remembers his wayward yet adoring father who was forever drinking what little money the family had. He recounts the painful loss of his siblings to avoidable sickness and hunger, a proud mother reduced to begging for charity, and the stench of the sewage-strewn streets that ran outside the front door. As McCourt approaches adolescence, he discovers the shame of poverty and the beauty of Shakespeare, the mystery of sex and the unforgiving power of the Irish Catholic Church. This powerful and heart-rending testament to the resiliency and determination of youth is populated with memorable characters and moments, and McCourt's interpretation of the narrative and the voices it contains will leave listeners laughing through their tears. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
YA. Despite impoverishing his family because of his alcoholism, McCourt's father passed on to his son a gift for superb storytelling. He told him about the great Irish heroes, the old days in Ireland, the people in their Limerick neighborhood, and the world beyond their shores. McCourt writes in the voice of the child?with no self-pity or review of events?and just retells the tales. He recounts his desperately poor early years, living on public assistance and losing three siblings, but manages to make the book funny and uplifting. Stories of trying on his parents' false teeth and his adventures as a post-office delivery boy will have readers laughing out loud. Young people will recognize the truth in these compelling tales; the emotions expressed; the descriptions of teachers, relatives, neighbors; and the casual cruelty adults show toward children. Readers will enjoy the humor and the music in the language. A vivid, wonderfully readable memoir.?Patricia Noonan, Prince William Public Library, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I loved this book for it's truthful account of the hardships of growing up poor in Catholic dominated Irelend. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jonathan Gilad
I saw the movie first and is one of my favorites. This is a very sad story, very well written, you can heard the voice, the accent of the narrator. Read morePublished 5 days ago by laura flores vilchis
My son had to read this book for his high school English class over the summer. I am an avid reader and so I thought I would read it too. Read morePublished 9 days ago by readingmom
The voice of a boy growing in Ireland , who is considered an American and his father a man from the North of the country. Read morePublished 16 days ago by amateco
I love this book and I have gifted it many times with rave reviews!!! :)Published 16 days ago by Ladybug818
I loved the book from the beginning. I was sorry it had to end!Published 17 days ago by Rande Pauly