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Angela's Ashes Paperback – Bargain Price, November 30, 1999
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Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I laughed. I cried. I felt pity for the McCourt's plight. I only wish I had had the opportunity to have a conversation with Mr Frankie.Published 2 hours ago by Amazon Customer
One of the most readable best written books I've read in years. Frank McCourt tells the story of the extreme poverty of his time as a young person in Ireland with such great... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
When this book was first published I remember enjoying it very much, however this time around I'm having trouble reading it because I'm bored with it.. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Frances McQuinn
Angela's Ashes will leave you in tears. Not only tears of sadness, but tears of anger. Anger that anyone would have to go through what that child did; the anger intensifies when... Read morePublished 9 days ago by JRG
the book came beautifully and it was only 4 bucks what a steal! but the book itself was complete s*** I hated almost every page of itPublished 10 days ago by Stephanie
This books deserves the press it got, but 2/3rds of the way through, I really wanted it to end. It was depressing. And you can only do depressing so long, before you tire of it. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Melinda D. Wiselka
A little challenging getting uses to the stream of consciousness writing style but worth the effort.Published 15 days ago by Gayle M Fankhauser