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Book Review – Angela’s Ashes


Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt (Scribner) ISBN: 9780684842677

Angela’s Ashes recounts the Frank McCourt’s childhood growing up Catholic, Irish, and destitute. It is a poignant, funny, beautifully written book that reads almost lyrically.

Set in Ireland in the 1930s/1940s of McCourt’s childhood, he describes (with childlike perspective befitting his age at the time) the death of his siblings, his father’s alcoholism, and his mother’s efforts to make ends meet and her relationship with God. His interrogation and experience of his own faith as an adolescent is both funny and tragic. The Irish turn of phrase is a delight to read.

Deborah Minors
4/5