Frank McCourt - Angela's Ashes: A Memoir

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  • An autobiography of autobiographies - Angela's Ashes

    Nov 15, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellently written. What an autobiography ought to be.
    Cons: Very few. Style does not quite fit the norm.

    Summary: I should make it clear from the beginning, that I have no real love for biographies. There was a time that a biography was written with some purpose. The story of a person’s life was generally not put down on paper for no other reason than to put ... read more

  • "...and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood."

    Apr 21, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Well-written, brutally honest memoir
    Cons: None

    Summary: When I look back at my childhood I wonder how I survived it 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 ... read more

  • Angela's Ashes - powerful but troubling - there are no excuses

    Feb 10, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: This true story is hard to read and hard to put down.
    Cons: This one ripped at my heart. I can't find any compassion for the parents.

    Summary: My idea of a good book is on that makes me think and one that makes me feel. Angela’s Ashes fits the bill on both counts, although I almost stopped early on in the book, because I responded so emotionally that I wasn’t sure I could ... read more

  • Angela's Ashes: Pulitzer Prize Winning Writing

    Jul 12, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A rollercoaster of non-fiction emotion in present tense.
    Cons: I can't think of one; this book is a must-have!

    Summary: There are several themes in Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes: poverty, religion, stereotypes, mass disease, and the heroic male who is to rise from the destitution of Ireland (as he perceives it). Angela's Ashes is a first-person/present-tense account (an ... read more

  • McCourt's Path to Success

    Jul 11, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: An extremely well-written book
    Cons: The thought of extreme poverty is absolutely depressing.

    Summary: I vividly remember when my mom first told me about the Pullitzer prize-winning book, Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. She kept telling me that it was the best book that she has ever read, and tried to get me to start reading the book. However, 3 ... read more

  • Food for the soul... Breath taking

    May 26, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Touching, Eye opening, Educational, Inspiring...
    Cons: May bring a tear or two to your eyes as you read on... somewhat depressing

    Summary: Pulitzer prize award winning Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes is a memoir of the author’s life. Born in the pandemonium and questionable times that was World War Two to an immigrant poverty stricken Irish Catholic family. Frank was born in Brooklyn ... read more

  • Made me laugh, made me cry

    May 22, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Written with the amazing innocence of a child
    Cons: None

    Summary: Oh wow ... what an amazing book. Frank McCourt manages to transport us to his childhood in America and Ireland, for a glimpse at the confusion and innocence which confronted him in his daily existence. Rather than offer us a mature rendition ... read more

  • A Glimpse of How it Was

    Jan 3, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent writing, very vivid, unique style.
    Cons: Not many. There are parts that may be inappropriate for younger readers

    Summary: Very well-written book and I can see why he got a Pulitzer. He captures so vividly the trials of the poor Irish and brings to life the village town of Limerick. The writing is fresh and so clearly descriptive. There is a ... read more

  • The Inspiration Factor

    Dec 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellently written, and inspires people to do good things with their lives.
    Cons: Absolutely Nothing Wrong

    Summary: Moments after my mother handed me the brownish tinged cover, I immediately memorized. The old saying “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” almost made me want to lay it back down, to collect dust in my overly endowed bookcase. Until my mother started ... read more

  • Excellent!

    Dec 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent history of impoverished Ireland
    Cons: none

    Summary: This was by far the best Autobiography that I have ever read. It's smooth, easy, and addictive! I read this book in 2 days, even with 2 little children in the house! I can honestly say I did not want to put this book down. I laughed! I cried! I was ... read more

  • McCourt Scores a Hit with Angela's Ashes

    Nov 15, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Well written, wonderful use of language, excellent retelling of his own life story.
    Cons: Can get repetitive and overly thorough at points.

    Summary: Frank McCourt helped countless individuals feel the love for writing for the first time as a teacher. Finally, with Angela's Ashes, his autobiography, he shares his own life and love with us. An absolutely brilliant book, the language is authentic and ... read more

  • Angela - We love you

    Sep 14, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Too interesting to put down
    Cons: it ends

    Summary: I really enjoyed reading this book. It took me a long time to pick it up, as I hate when books don't live up to the hype. This one did and more. This book can be read quickly and you won't want to read in any less than one sitting. Don't see the ... read more

  • Hail Angela's Ashes!

    Aug 14, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautifully written account of Frank McCourt's coming-of-age in Limerick
    Cons: Depressing

    Summary: Och! What's this then? Ye mean to tell me ye've not read "Angela's Ashes," the story of the McCourt family trying to survive the River Shannon that kills, an alcoholic father, the most horrifying schoolteachers in the world, the Catholic church, ... read more

  • Poverty must create great writers.

    Aug 14, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful, free-flowing prose told from a child's perspective.
    Cons: none

    Summary: Frank McCourt probably won the Pulitzer Prize because "Angela's Ashes" shows an aspect of the human condition, poverty, from a compassionate, humorous, and brutally honest perspective. He does it all from a child's point of view which gives it a ... read more

  • 'Tis Something to Consider

    Aug 10, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: A very intimate look at a life most of us will never experience.
    Cons: Reads a little slow at times.

    Summary: I started out reading this book and became somewhat bored with it. I would read a little and set it down for quite sometime before picking it up again. I thought it was slow and although it was interesting, I couldn't stay with it. Once I had read it ... read more

  • A story about a tragic childhood, told with warmth and humour

    Jul 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The story is told from the view of the child, naïve and warm, however tragic.
    Cons: The Irish dialogues are sometimes hard to understand at first

    Summary: I must start by saying I was impressed. Prior to reading the book, I have heard a lot of people commenting on it and how good as well as tragic it was. They were obviously right in my opinion, but they left out something important; it is funny too. I ... read more

  • Angela's Ashes: Repetitious in the extreme

    Jun 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Tells the story of a Irish poverty-stricken childhood
    Cons: Depressing, repetitious

    Summary: When Angela's Ashes was released in 1997 by first time author Frank McCourt it received much critical acclaim. In the printing I recently read, there was a full two pages of acclaim from such sources as the 'Times Literary Supplement' and the ... read more

  • The world through a child's eyes

    Jun 10, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: captivating, holds nothing back, heart-warming, something for everyone to relate to
    Cons: None

    Summary: This book is not only a memoir of an incredible man but a story about life that almost everyone can relate to. Whether you are a struggling single mother who is desperately trying to survive or someone with a dream that hopes to one day conquer it. This ... read more

  • Angel on the seventh Stair

    May 13, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good
    Cons: none

    Summary: In reading my last few book reviews, I realize that I have been rather negative and I think pretty arrogant in expressing myself. For that I apologize.This time I promise not to say a negative or arrogant word-or at least not very many. I ... read more

  • DO WE REALLY HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE EXPERTS

    Apr 25, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: True account of l930s Ireland. Well written,Some humour.
    Cons: Repetitive . Very depressing at times

    Summary: I must be perverse....I really must be. Whenever something is recommended or awarded a special prize my reactions never seem to echo those of others. Take Educating Rita for example. "It's hilarious" I was told "You'll laugh your socks off" (I don't ... read more

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