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Angela's Ashes: A Memoir

106 Ratings: 3.3
A book by Frank McCourt

Frank McCourt's haunting memoir takes on new life when the author reads from his Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Recounting scenes from his childhood in New York City and Limerick, Ireland, McCourt paints a brutal yet poignant picture of his early days … see full wiki

Author: Frank McCourt
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc
Date Published: November 01, 1999
16 reviews about Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
review by . July 03, 2010
This memoir truly stuck with my after I read it. Mccourt is such an honest storyteller, and did not try to paint it any other way than exactly how it happened. Reading through his childhood experience and knowing that from those beginnings he was able to write that memoir and publish it for others to read showed me the strength of the human spirit and how no matter the circumstances, every person has the potential to make something positive out of a difficult experience.      …
review by . June 22, 2010
  Wow. What else can be said? This is a must read for everyone, especially those who are interested in reading/writing memoir. McCourt fills the page with vivid descriptions and interesting, sympathetic characters who remain in our hearts well after the last page is turned. We had talked about this all throughout my high school career, but I never thought to pick it up until this year, after graduating college. McCourt has seething, beautiful insights and a knack for creating scene and environment. …
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
Could not really get into this one
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
Excellent book. That anyone can go through such harsh experiences and retell them with humor is a tribute to man's ability to adapt.
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
Reading McCourt's "Angela's Ashes not on gave an heart wrenching view into his particular childhood, but also an intimate look into Limerick City's poverty in the '30s and '40s. Wonderful book and a haunting read.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
A great memoir of growing up in Ireland; the sequels are also good
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
Gritty and realistic tale about life in poverty.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
gOOD!
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
Another good read about our history and ancestors.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Could read this over and over again.
Quick Tip by . April 17, 2010
I thought that McCourt's objectivity about his very sad childhood made this easier to read than other books of the kind.
Quick Tip by . April 16, 2010
Just so hard to read! (Sad).
Quick Tip by . March 18, 2010
An honest novel that doesn't try to impress anyone by being falsely uplifting. McCourt tells his story as it was.
review by . November 10, 2003
If you can make it through the first 100 pages of "Angela's Ashes," then the rest is much easier. This isn't because it's poorly-written. Far from it; "Angela's Ashes" quickly captures the reader with a unique and compelling voice. The difficulty is that the first part of the book is tragic beyond words... and yet Frank McCourt has found words which capture the tragedy of his early years with ruthless honesty.In bone-clean prose, McCourt details the events of his early childhood, first in America …
review by . March 09, 2001
When I first heard about this book, I didn't understand what all the fuss was about. Then I bought the book and read it and understood. In life there isn't much difference between tragedy and comedy. The two outlooks come from the same source, the difference is that one offers some hope and the other doesn't believe there is any hope left to offer. Tears and laughter flowing from the same fountain.ANGELA'S ASHES is like that. What the McCourt family suffered through was severely depressing (though …
review by . February 29, 2000
Pros: Wealth of emotional experience     Cons: Very sad, can be depressing     I first heard about Angela's Ashes here on Epinions. I had been hearing about the movie coming out and I was curious. I was careful to read reviews that did not reveal too much about the story, and I'm really glad that I made that choice. As a result of my investigation, I made my first online purchase from Amazon.com. A few days brought Angela's Ashes to my front door.   …
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