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Angela's Ashes: A Memoir Paperback – Dolby, May 25, 1999
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The innocence of a young boy of say 8 or 9 is experienced here like in no other book I have read. The young boy finds himself talking with "the angel of the seventh step," & wishing to hear stories of his mythical hero "Cuchulain." When the boy learns something for the first time, so does the reader. While he ages, his vocabulary grows as does his views of the world around him which starts to make more sense to him, no matter how unsettling.
The reader feels Frankie's angst when his alcoholic father comes home drunk after drinking his paycheck away. The descriptions of the strict Catholic school alone where he was not allowed to even ask a question in class made it seem more like a prison than a place to seek "knowledge & comfort." The living conditions in the Limerick of the 1930's-40's Ireland were truly on a third world level. Their home would flood in Winter, & the many family homes they lived in when they could not afford their rent are gut wrenchingly vivid.
The most poignant emotions are from Frankie's mother Angela.
The reader can feel her desperation & frustration with her useless husband, who often failed to keep a job because of his boozing.
Her anguish that she could not clothe or feed her sons, & her other children who were "dead & gone," & her feelings of shame that she had to borrow & beg in order to keep her family alive leap off the pages.
The dialogue & story captures the imagination, one can feel the chill of damp air & the sickness it brings. This book has it all, the sorrow, heartache, want, humor, & slivers of hope.
"Angela's Ashes" is a modern-day classic - one that I'm sure I will re-read every few years, just to hear the magical and shimmering prose in my ears again and again.
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One of the most memorable stories I've ever read. I'm writing this review years after reading it for the first time, and this book is one that remains fresh in my mind.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a wonderful book. Ive read it a couple times and needed to buy it again for school. Keeping it this time! Read morePublished 15 days ago by navypride
Give him 2 stars for his EXCELLENT writing style... no stars for sexual content!!Published 17 days ago by Midwife4Him
This is an eye opening story about things as they were in Ireland. Very good story and I found myself praying for the families.Published 18 days ago by Cyndi C
Never before have I read an author's works that could make you laugh and cry at the same time. McCourt breaks your heart with the hopelessness of these people's poverty at one... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jessica