Angela's Ashes

Angela's Ashes

Imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion. This is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic. "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 child Imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion. This is a glorious book that bears all the...

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Title:Angela's Ashes
Author:Frank McCourt
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:452 pages pages

Angela's Ashes Reviews

  • Teresa
    May 29, 2007
    In Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt paints a picture of a childhood mired in poverty. He manages to be humorous and heartbreaking, and hopeless and triumphant all at once. I laughed, I cried, I felt dearly for the disadvantaged McCourt family that struggled against all odds. The memoir...
  • Eric Althoff
    Aug 27, 2007
    Before I get too deep into my review, let me just say this: "Angela's Ashes" is one of the most depressing books I have ever read. That said, it is also fascinating, heartbreaking, searingly honest narration told in the face of extreme poverty and alcoholism. This absolutely entrancing...
  • David
    Jul 15, 2007
    But the worst offender of the last twenty years has to be the uniquely meretricious drivel that constitutes "Angela's Ashes". Dishonest at every level, slimeball McCourt managed to parlay his mawkish maunderings to commercial success, presumably because the particular assortment of rai...
  • Gail
    Nov 09, 2007
    What, did NO one find this book funny except me??? I must be really perverse. Although the account of Frank's bad eyes was almost physically painful to read, the rest of the story didn't seem too odd or sad or overdone to me. My dad's family were immigrants; his father died young of c...
  • M is for Mallory
    Oct 09, 2007
    I can't put this down! I'm getting such a dark kick out of Frank McCourt's childhood. Favorite line that had me laughing out loud: "Oy, you Irish. You'll live forever but you'll never say challah like a Chew." I'm devastated this book is ending; it's been the most pleasurable part of m...
  • Steve
    Jan 23, 2017
    There once was a lad reared in Limerick, Quite literally without a bone to pick. His da used scant earnings To slake liquid yearnings; In American parlance ? a dick. To get past a father who drank In a place that was dismal and dank, He wrote not in rhymes, But of those shi...
  • Angela Paquin
    Aug 22, 2007
    It's been ten years since I've read this book. Like everyone else I was floored by it when it first came out. But time and age have made me wiser. I don't think it's stood the test of time and the more I think of it... my grandmother is right. It's a one-sided, depressing view of li...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Jan 11, 2013
    Angela's Ashes: a memoir of a childhood, Frank McCourt Angela's Ashes: A Memoir is a 1996 memoir by the Irish-American author Frank McCourt, with various anecdotes and stories of his childhood. It details his very early childhood in Brooklyn, New York, but focuses primarily on his lif...
  • Alicia
    Feb 06, 2008
    There are not words to describe how horrible I felt this book was. First, I was somehow under the impression that it was a WWII novel, so that was a disappointment to begin with. I really felt like the theme of this novel was how to survive life's trials and difficulties by masturbatin...
  • George Bradford
    Mar 16, 2008
    ?If you had the luck of the Irish You?d be sorry and wish you was dead If you had the luck of the Irish Then you?d wish you was English instead? How can ONE book be so WONDERFUL and so HORRIBLE at the same time? I have no idea. But this book is both. Big time. It?s ...
  • Adam Floridia
    Jun 23, 2010
    I had not planned on writing a proper review, so I began to read others'. Quite a few unleashed verbal vitriol at McCourt's memoir, claiming that it is not entirely accurate and that it is too mawkish/maudlin/bathetic. Others claim that the author romanticizes the penury and destitutio...
  • Melvina
    Apr 30, 2008
    One of my most favorite books and authors of all time. I can't get enough of Frank's stories. I also listened to him tell it on an audio recording, and it's even more awesome listening to his Irish accent. The most compelling characteristic of his writing is the ability to write about ...
  • Maxwell
    Jan 11, 2016
    Quite different from other memoirs I read--especially the brand of memoir that's been coming out in the last few years--Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes tells of the author's poverty-stricken childhood in Ireland in the early 20th century. It's told from the first person present perspect...
  • Tatiana
    Jul 18, 2016
    Picked this memoire to experience some more foreign countries through literature. Good choice. What could have easily been another misery porn (immense poverty, hunger, never-ending unwanted pregnancies, drunkenness, strict religion, deaths of TB and pneumonia on every other page) beca...
  • Mark
    Oct 23, 2009
    Couldn't bear it. Whiney, self-obsessed and smacked of disingenuity. Using misery, either yours (imagined) or others (purloined) to make money seems to be the height/depth of cheap shots. Someone once told me of a review of the book that they had read somewhere 'Baby born, baby died...
  • Brina
    Feb 22, 2016
    Read pre goodreads. I've seen it pop up on a lot of people's feeds. One of the most inspiring books I ever read. ...
  • Connie
    Oct 05, 2013
    Let me cut to the chase and say that this is heartbreaking. My first McCourt book I was thrilled that the author himself narrated the audio and in all his Irish glory it made it so much more! I am pleased that I chose this as my introduction to this writer, as I feel I will now have a ...
  • Emer
    Sep 20, 2015
    This is probably the most unpopular of all my unpopular bookish opinions considering how this is supposed to be some sort of literary masterpiece or whatever... but ughhhhh, this book... Maudlin, over-sentimentalised, disingenuous, miserable, clichéd hack. It sent me int...
  • Julie
    Aug 31, 2013
    Life is suffering. And the root of all suffering is want. And we want. Oh, we want. We want the husband to keep the job and come home sober. We want the kids to live. We want shoes and clothes that fit and don't have holes. We want to eat. We want a roof that doesn't leak and ...
  • Lyn
    May 19, 2015
    Angela?s Ashes is a beautifully written, painfully honest account of Frank McCourt?s childhood in Limerick, Ireland. Frank?s parents, both Irish, met in New York and began their family there. McCourt himself was born in New York, but this was in the 1930s and the depression hu...
  • Jaline
    Jan 04, 2012
    If you are afraid of your emotions, whether the depth or variety of them, don't read this book. If you can allow yourself to explore them fully by being led through an incredible life's early journey and experiencing the range of feeling available to humanity, you will love this book. ...
  • Carol
    Dec 28, 2012
    This is one of the most depressing and heartbreaking true-life novels I've ever read so be forewarned, this Pulitzer Prize winner is pretty tough to take.In the beginning, Francis (Frank) McCourt's family story starts out so desperate, you think it can't get any worse, BUT....IT....DOE...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Mar 08, 2013
    This autobiographical book about Frank McCourt's childhood is so lyrical and well-written. But, seriously, it ripped my heart into little pieces and then stomped on the remains. When I read Angela's Ashes my children were small, about the ages of Frank and his siblings at the start ...
  • Mitch Albom
    Jan 08, 2014
    I read his book, then I got to know him, and rarely will you find as similar a voice between the man and the writer as in this memoir. A tragic gem of a childhood story. ...
  • Carmo
    Mar 31, 2017
    Frank McCourt, não precisou puxar pela cabeça para escrever um livro repleto de ingredientes que lhe garantissem sucesso imediato, bastou-lhe desfiar as memórias da infância passada nos bairros pobres de Limerick, na Irlanda. Quis a sorte (ou o azar) que tivesse nascido numa fam?...
  • FeReSHte
    Mar 28, 2016
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  • Jonathan Ashleigh
    Oct 07, 2014
    I have to admit that I didn't love the first third of this book but I realize the information gained there made me enjoy the rest even more. At times, this book was a beautiful dark comedy, "There is nothing like a wake for having a good time," and I think that some day I might make my...
  • alyssa
    May 08, 2018
    4 Stars [for my final english exam] ...
  • Andrei Bădică
    Jul 30, 2017
    " Când tata vine acas? cu leafa din prima s?pt?mân?, mama e încântat? c? poate pl?ti datoria italianului dr?gu? de la b?c?nie ?i c? poate ?ine iar capul sus, fiindc? nimic nu e mai r?u pe lume decât s? fii dator ?i obligat fa?? de cineva. Face curat în buc?t?...
  • ||Swaroop||
    Oct 28, 2017
    The title of this book can also be "How to find humor and "excitement" in pain and poverty?" #sad #funny #warm #honest #hope #survival #must-read Frank McCourt`s Angela's Ashes is a very interesting and a different kind of memoir... this will remain in your memory for a long ti...