Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Scribner; 1st Touchstone Ed.,
1999 edition (May 25, 1999)
In Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt tells the story of his impoverished childhood and adolescence in Limerick, Ireland, during the 1930s and 1940s. Written from the point of view of the young boy, it is a long catalogue of deprivation and hardship: the alcoholism of his father, the despair of his mother, the deaths of three of his younger siblings, the grinding poverty and unsanitary living conditions they all had to endure.
This book is one of my all time favorites. It’s a gripping memoir that is told in the present and makes you feel as if you are there suffering along with him. From the mother who lived her own pain but still did all she could for her four children, to the children who suffered so much, to the father who drinks his life away. This book is a testimony to the human spirit. Frank McCourt lived through poverty, malnutrition, loss of siblings, shame and despair and comes through it all with his sense of humor in tack. This book made me sad at times and happy at others and intrigued me from the first line. It is an excellent book and I recommend it 100%.