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Angela's Ashes A Memoir (Paperback)

Author:  Frank McCourt
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 068484267X
ISBN-13: 9780684842677
Sku: 30122444
Publish Date: 5/1/1999
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 0.75T
Pages:  368
 
"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." (from the first line)
Frank McCourt returned to America when he was nineteen. For many years, he was an English teacher at Stuyvesant High School in New York City. The sequel to "Angela''s Ashes, ''Tis, " will be published in the fall of 1999. McCourt lives in Connecticut.
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The author recounts his childhood in Depression-era Brooklyn as the child of Irish immigrants who decide to return to worse poverty in Ireland when his infant sister dies.
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After years of teaching creative writing, Frank McCourt published his first book, thus obliging his many friends who had been urging him to write about his childhood--a subject they knew from the many uproarious and affecting stories he told about it. ANGELA'S ASHES traces the tortuous path of his life from his days in abysmal poverty in Limerick, Ireland, to his arrival in New York as a teenager, eager to start a new life.
Author Bio
Frank McCourt
Frank McCourt was born in Brooklyn, New York to Irish immigrants. When he was six, his family returned to Ireland, and he spent the remainder of his childhood in Limerick. McCourt came back to New York at the age of 19, and aside from a stint in the U.S. Army, he has lived in one of the five boroughs ever since. McCourt held a wide variety of jobs as a young man, including longshoreman and a stint feeding the birds in the lobby of the Biltmore Hotel (he was demoted when the birds started dying). He worked his way through New York University and became a high school English teacher in the late 1950s. After several years at McKee Vocational High School in Staten Island, McCourt transferred to Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, where he specialized in teaching creative writing. He was much beloved by his students for his skill as a raconteur as well as his teaching. Since retiring in 1987, McCourt has performed in a revue of words and music, entitled "A Couple of Blackguards," which he wrote and starred in with his brother, the actor Malachy McCourt. In 1996, ANGELA'S ASHES, McCourt's memoir of his tough childhood in Limerick, became an international bestseller and garnered several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for autobiography. He followed that with two more enormously popular memoirs, ?TIS and TEACHER MAN, and earned countless more fans through speaking engagements, where he routinely regaled audiences with further tales of his impoverished youth in Ireland and New York. McCourt died from melanoma in 2009 at the age of 78.

Praise

Kirkus Reviews
"An extraordinary work in every way. McCourt magically retrieves love, dignity, and humor from a childhood of hunger, loss, and pain." 07/01/1996

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." - Denis Donoghue 09/15/1996

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." - Michiko Kakutani 09/17/1996

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." - Gail Caldwell

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." - Mary M. Morrissey 09/29/1996

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." - Rebecca Pepper Sinkler 11/24/1996

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Product attributePublisher:   Scribner Book Company
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