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Angela's Ashes (1996)

por Frank McCourt, Frank McCourt

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Séries: Frank McCourt’s memoirs (1)

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"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. 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. Angela's Ashes, imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.… (mais)
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    Nickelini: The Hiding Place is often compared to Angela's Ashes. The settings and subject matter are indeed very similar; however, McCourt's book has a lot of humour written between the depressing bits. And the Hiding Place is more creative and literary. Two very different approaches to poverty in the British Isles.… (mais)
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Much has been heard about this. The beginning particularly is depressing. But it is a valuable record of poverty. Imagine a boy who possesses only one shirt.
  jgoodwll | Oct 20, 2021 |
The touching and often hilarious story of a family growing up in the Limerick, Ireland slums.
  BLTSbraille | Oct 18, 2021 |
Where to start with this one?

First off, I can't believe I am just now reading it. With the reputation it has had through the years, I'm surprised I've just now gotten to this one. I thought it lived up to the hype. Nothing about the book disappointed me, while much of it horrified me. Generally, I can't read books where children suffer abuse. And that's what these children went through. I understand that alcoholics, like any addict, can't necessarily control their actions, but the neglect those boys suffered due to their father's addiction was difficult to read about.

So why did I like this book so much? I think it's because of the spirit Frank and his family demonstrated. Yes, things were horrible. But they did not let that stop them from enjoying themselves when they could and for taking care of each other and their mother to the best of their ability. I think I loved the book because of the love that was shown through the bleakness. The writing is spare and beautiful. He doesn't sugar-coat anything about himself nor his motivations. And that makes it all the more endearing. His time, like ours, was difficult, but in spite of how we may feel, if we keep on doing the best we can, this gives me hope that things will ultimately work out.

I suspect there is more to this than I can successfully articulate. This is one of those rare books that touched me deeply. As soon as I finished, I was tempted to begin again, but instead, I looked up every interview I could find with Frank McCourt online. When I get copies, I plan to read 'Tis and Teacher Man as well. ( )
  Library_Lin | Oct 4, 2021 |
Couldn't put it down. ( )
  PhyllisH | Sep 3, 2021 |
Seldom do I read a book that causes me, as I approach the end, to hope against hope that there will somehow be a few more pages to come. How can a first-time writer produce a story of a shatteringly awful childhood that makes one smile and occasionally laugh out loud, alongside the pauses for sad reflection? ( )
1 vote NaggedMan | Aug 1, 2021 |
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A spunky, bittersweet memoir.
adicionada por Shortride | editarTime, John Elson (Sep 23, 1996)
 
Frank McCourt waited more than four decades to tell the story of his childhood, and it's been well worth the wait. With ''Angela's Ashes,'' he has [written] a book that redeems the pain of his early years with wit and compassion and grace. He has written a book that stands with ''The Liars Club'' by Mary Karr and Andre Aciman's ''Out of Egypt'' as a classic modern memoir.
 
For the most part, [McCourt's] style is that of an Irish-American raconteur, honorably voluble and engaging. He is aware of his charm but doesn't disgracefully linger upon it. Induced by potent circumstances, he has told his story, and memorable it is.
 
This memoir is an instant classic of the genre -- all the more remarkable for being the 66-year-old McCourt's first book.
adicionada por SqueakyChu | editarThe Washington Post, Nina King (Jul 20, 1996)
 

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"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. 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. Angela's Ashes, imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.

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