Born in depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants, Frank McCourt experienced a childhood fraught with poverty and occasional cruelty. When the family moves back to Limerick, Frank endures the most miserable of childhoods. An astonishing, glorious debut, Angela's Ashes recounts McCourt's existence with remarkable exuberance and remarkable ...
Born in depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants, Frank McCourt experienced a childhood fraught with poverty and occasional cruelty. When the family moves back to Limerick, Frank endures the most miserable of childhoods. An astonishing, glorious debut, Angela's Ashes recounts McCourt's existence with remarkable exuberance and remarkable forgiveness.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Very Good 1st Edition, 14 printing. A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. ***** SYNOPSIS "Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, " writes Frank McCourt in Angela's Ashes. "Worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." Welcome, then, to the pinnacle of the miserable Irish Catholic childhood. Born in Brooklyn in 1930 to recent Irish immigrants Malachy and Angela McCourt, Frank grew up in Limerick after his parents returned to Ireland because of poor prospects in America. It turns out that prospects weren't so great back in the old country either--not with Malachy for a father. A chronically unemployed and nearly unemployable alcoholic, he appears to be the model on which many of our more insulting cliches about drunken Irish manhood are based. Mix in abject poverty and frequent death and illness and you have all the makings of a truly difficult early life. Fortunately, in McCourt's able hands it also has all the makings for a compelling memoir. Pulitzer Prize Winner! ***** *****MY SHIPPING PLEDGE ***** Orders placed by 4pm CST will be shipped same day. Shipments are packaged by ex-shipping dept., head inside fluted and/or box board. Any other requirements from you, please contact us immediately.
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Very Good. 0684874350 Signed, 27th printing, Scribner hardcover w/ DJ, 1996. Book is VG, w/ clean text, solid binding; gift inscription on ffep. DJ is VG, w/ light edge/shelf wear (no tears or chips). Signed and inscribed by author on title page. Free delivery confirmation.
What a wonderful sad yet humorous memoir. Also uplifting in that he rose above the poverty etc and made it back to the states and became a teacher. Interesting how so many people come here from other countries and succeed yet some of our own are happy to live in squalor and poverty with help from the government. A really good book.
May 16, 2011
Listen to this book!
I checked out the audio-tape version of the book after visiting Ireland in 2009 at the time of Frank McCourt's death. I loved the tapes because he read it himself (and the two following the first) and his Irish accent just lends it such authenticity! His siblings were so comical and pitiful , The descriptions are so vivid, I still see the characters in my mind. I laughed out loud so often. If you read the book, try also to listen to the tapes.
Oct 28, 2008
I loved this book & never wanted to put it down! The setting & how everything was described made you feel like you were actually there. It was absolutely the best book that I've ever read...so good that I even purchased the DVD!
Oct 11, 2007
A Pleasant read
A pleasant read. Quite a few chuckles as I thought abouit my 3 Irish aunts.
Mar 24, 2007
My Thoughts on Angela's Ashes
This book was riveting from cover to cover. Frank McCourt tells about his Irish Catholic upbringing in the midst of devastating poverty. The setting of the story starts out in New York City in the early 1900s, and then moves to Northern Ireland when Frank's parents decide they might do well to live closer to family. Frank's father is an alcoholic with only short bouts of employment. Frank's twin brothers become ill and die within months of each other. Amidst these and other continuing hardships, young Frank manages to find employment, get an education, and eventually move back to the United States. Ultimately, this is a story about a young man who triumphs against astonishing odds.
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