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Angela's Ashes (Paperback)

Author: Frank McCourt

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  • Book Subgenre: Anthropology / Cultural, General
  • Language: english
  • Format: paperback
  • Book Genre: Social Science, Biography + Autobiography

Reviewer: Rebecca Pepper Sinkler, (Washington Post Book World)

"The most gloriously unwholesome memoir of the year has to be ANGELA'S ASHES. The tale of an Irish childhood blighted by poverty, drink, violence, panic and despair and blessed by an author with a huge sense of the ridiculous plus the ability to forgive everyone, even himself. Give 'Angela' to anyone who loves a roaring story in language so fresh it sometimes comes as a shock to the system."

Reviewer: Denis Donoghue, (New York Times Book Review)

"For the most part, his style is that of an Irish-American raconteur, honorably voluble and engaging. He is aware of his charm but doesn't disgracefully linger upon it. Induced by potent circumstances, he has told his story, and memorable it is."

Reviewer: Michiko Kakutani, (New York Times)

"Frank McCourt...waited more than four decades to tell the story of his childhood, and it's been well worth the wait. With ANGELA'S ASHES he has used the storytelling gifts he inherited from his father to write a book that redeems the pain of his early years with wit and compassion and grace. He has written a book that stands...as a classic modern memoir."

Reviewer: Gail Caldwell, (Boston Globe)

"Unguarded and stunningly unpretentious, ANGELA'S ASHES creeps up on you with all the ghostlike force of a winter afternoon in Ireland....A story so immediate--so gripping in its daily despairs, stolen smokes, and blessed humor--that you want to thank God young Frankie McCourt survived it in part so he could write the book."

Reviewer: Mary M. Morrissey, (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

"...[W]hat is most remarkable is that he has managed to reenter his boyhood self so completely, while maintaining a quiet, sardonic, authorial distance from his early life, which gives ANGELA'S ASHES its rigor and power. Whatever scars McCourt bears from his childhood, they are not exorcised here. Only someone who has successfully battled with his demons could have crafted such a compelling work of art out of his own pain."

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