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Angela's Ashes

Life in impoverished depression-era Ireland holds little promise for young Frank McCourt, the oldest son in a tightly-knit family. Frank embarks on an inspiring journey to overcome the poverty of his childhood and reach the land of his dreams: America. Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
by absafruitly on Jan 12, 2010

This book is an addictive read. The stories described by McCourt are interesting and it is often easy to forget that it is not in fact a work of fiction but is mainly autobiographical. McCourt describes in detail his childhood, living up as a poor Irish Catholic boy and the situations he encountered. This is not, however, a plea for pity as McCourt takes care to fill the pages with humor and many quirks and strange occurrences keeping the novel lighthearted but not neglecting the serious reality of the conditions he lived in. As it was written from the perspective of Frank as a child, it takes on a strictly childish view and there is no evidence of McCourt reflecting on his child in retrospect, it is merely a memoir, a story of his experience.

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