by Mccourt F
Editor: SIMON & SCHUSTER
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Impregnated with Frank McCourt is incredible humour and compassion, Angela’s Ashes is a glorious Pulitzer Prize-winner that bears all the marks of a classic”When I think back to my childhood, I wonder how I survived everything.It was, of course, a miserable childhood: happy childhood is hardly useful in your timeWorse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish of early childhood, and worse still is the miserable Irish Catholic of childhood”This is how the bright memory of Frank McCourt, born during the Brooklyn Depression to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland, begins.Frank’s mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank’s father Malachy, rarely operates, and when he does, he drinks his salaryAgain Malachi only feeds Frank an appetite for the one thing he can offer: a storyMaybe it’s a story that explains Frank’s survivalWearing repaired shoes with tires, begging, a pig’s head for Christmas dinner, and looking for publicity for his father, Frank endures poverty, destitution, and the occasional cruelty of family and neighbors-still alive to tell his story eloquently, exuberantly, and remarkable forgiveness
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