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Angela's Ashes: A Memoir

A Memoir. Empfohlen von 14 bis 18 Jahren. Sprache: Englisch.
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Angela's Ashes , imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic. "When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a mi... weiterlesen
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Titel: Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
Autor/en: Frank McCourt

ISBN: 0684874350
EAN: 9780684874357
A Memoir.
Empfohlen von 14 bis 18 Jahren.
Sprache: Englisch.
SCRIBNER MACMILLAN

September 1996 - gebunden - 368 Seiten

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Angela's Ashes , imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic. "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. 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.

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Frank McCourt wurde 1930 in Brooklyn in New York als Kind irischer Einwanderer geboren, wuchs in Limerick in Irland auf und kehrte 1949 nach Amerika zurück. Dreißig Jahre lang hat er an New Yorker High Schools unterrichtet. Für sein erstes Buch, "Die Asche meiner Mutter", 1996 erschienen, erhielt er den Pulitzerpreis, den National Book Critics Circle Award und den L.A. Times Book Award. Frank McCourt verstarb im Juli 2009.

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Michiko Kakutani The New York Times The reader of this stunning memoir can only hope that Mr. McCourt will set down the story of his subsequent adventures in America in another book. Angela's Ashes is so good it deserves a sequel.
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