Cover of: Angela's ashes | Frank McCourt

About the Book

"When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. in the 1930s and 40s. Frank's mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank's father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy -- exasperating, irresponsible and beguiling -- does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Frank lives for his father's tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies. Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank's survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig's head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors -- yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness. - Jacket flap.

Edition Notes

Sequel: 'Tis.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
929/.2/0899162073
Library of Congress
E184.I6 M117 1996

The Physical Object

Pagination
364 p. :
Number of pages
364
Dimensions
25 x x centimeters

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL968807M
Internet Archive
angelasashesmemo00macc
ISBN 10
0684874350
LC Control Number
96005335
Library Thing
5115
Goodreads
77344

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