Cover of: Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

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An edition of Angela's Ashes (1996)

Angela's Ashes

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Publisher
Harpercollins Uk
Language
English
Pages
352

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"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." So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. in the 1930s and 40s. Frank's mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank's father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy -- exasperating, irresponsible and beguiling -- does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Frank lives for his father's tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies. Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank's survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig's head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors -- yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness. - Jacket flap.

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Angela's Ashes
November 15, 1999, Flamingo
Paperback - New Ed edition
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Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
November 30, 1999, Simon & Schuster
Paperback in English - 2nd Touchstone edition
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Angela's ashes
1999, Large Print Press
Large Print in English
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Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
May 25, 1999, Simon & Schuster
Paperback in English - First Touchstone edition
Cover of: Angela's ashes
Angela's ashes: a memoir of a childhood
1999, Flamingo
in English
Cover of: Angela's ashes
Angela's ashes: a memoir
1999, Simon & Schuster
in English
Cover of: Angela's ashes
Angela's ashes: a memoir
1997, Wheeler Pub.
in English
Cover of: Angela's Ashes
Angela's Ashes
May 6, 1997, Harpercollins Uk
Paperback in English - New edition
Cover of: Angela's ashes
Angela's ashes: a memoir of a childhood
1997, Flamingo
in English - Special Travellers'Edition.
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Angela's ashes: a memoir
1996, Scribner
in English

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First Sentence

"My father and mother should have stayed in New York where they met and married and where I was born."

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Number of pages
352
Dimensions
7.7 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
Weight
11 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL9214110M
Internet Archive
angelasashes000fran
ISBN 10
000649840X
ISBN 13
9780006498407
Library Thing
5115
Goodreads
856990

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My father and mother should have stayed in New York where they met and married and where I was born.
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