Angela's Ashes is Frank McCourt's sad, funny, bittersweet memoir of growing up in New York in the late '30s and in Ireland in the '40s. It is a story of extreme hardship and suffering, in Brooklyn tenements and Limerick slums; too many children, too little money, his mother Angela barely coping as his father Malachy's drinking bouts constantly brought the family to the brink of disaster. It is a story of courage and survival against apparently overwhelming odds.
Written with the vitality and resonance of a work of fiction, and a remarkable absence of sentimentality, Angela's Ashes is imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's distinctive humour and compassion. Out of terrible circumstances, he has created a glorious book in the tradition of Ireland's literary masters, which bears all the marks of a great classic.
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©1996 Frank McCourt; (P)1999 Harper Collins UK
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"I get the feeling this is a true story"
The indepth understanding of the Irish
A little raunch and roughness on the appropriate occasion
The various ones when the drunken father showed he loved his children no matter what
Pity it is only available in the abridged version. It is a book that lends itself to both listening to and reading
Sarcastic, funny, Inspirational.
When he 'helped himself' to the dead woman's loot...I kept on laughing at his use of words there
I am into accents and hearing the rich Irish and american accents made me feel as If I was there watching it all.
Yes...very sad that it was abridged.
I was really looking forward to listening to Angela's Ashes as i adore the film. I was disappointed to find that the audible story was abridged. I never see the point in listening to an abridged version of a story as you are missing out on so much and it just seems pointless. I did not realise this was abridged until i had already bought it. Good book but would have loved to hear the entire story.
Great listening, difficult to switch off. Very true to how Ireland and the Catholic Church were at the time and at least through the 50's and 60's. Hopefully it's not so bad there now.
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