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Angela's Ashes : A Memoir - Frank McCourt

Angela's Ashes

A Memoir

Author: Frank McCourt
Read by: Frank McCourt

Audio CD

Published: 1st March 2009
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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 does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story.

Perhaps it is a story that accounts for Frank's survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig's head for Christmas dinner, and searching the pubs for his father, 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.

Imbued with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion -- and movingly read in his own voice -- "Angela's Ashes" is a glorious audiobook that bears all the marks of a classic.

Malcom Jones, Jr. "Newsweek" It is only the best storyteller who can so beguile his readers that he leaves them wanting more when he's done. With "Angela's Ashes, " McCourt proves himself one of the very best.

ISBN: 9780743581493
ISBN-10: 0743581490
Audience: General
Format: Audio CD
Language: English
Published: 1st March 2009
Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Dimensions (cm): 14.986 x 12.954  x 1.778
Weight (kg): 0.14