Book Review Angelaâ€™s Ashes by Frank McCourt
I read the book Angela's Ashes and I was truly amazed that it was
true. I love reading about the old days and this is a book about Frank
McCourt (the author) misfortunes during his childhood in Limerick, Ireland.
It is sad at times and you canâ€™t think "this is only a book" but still
the best read in a long time.
Angela's Ashes is written from the perspective of Angela's first-born
son, Francis McCourt, the author of the novel. Angela and her husband,
Malachy, are both born and raised in Ireland and emmigrate to America
where they meet and marry. Angela gives birth to four sons, Francis,
Malachy Jr. and twins, Eugene and Oliver. Angela also has a daughter,
Margaret. The McCourts return to Ireland with their children after the
grief they are struck by when young Margaret dies from malnutrition and
When in Limerick, the McCourts are welcomed by neither family nor the
neighbours. Angela's insensitive mother tosses them out on the streets
declaring she has no room for them in her house. They were forced to find
a poor shack where fleas feasted on their skin while sleeping at night.
Being from the despised Northern Ireland, Malachy finds it hard to find
a job and when he does he drinks away his wages leaving the family
destitute. After finally settling into the neighbourhood in Ireland, Angela
loses Oliver and Eugene to tuberculosis and the fever. Unable to cope,
Angela forces Malachy Jr. and Francis to spend much of their time outdoors
while she rests. Angela has two more boys, Michael and Alfie. Malachy is
unable to support his family and Angela is often left to beg from charities
in order to keep her family alive. Francis is neglected by his parents and
many of the Irish people.
As he grows older he deepens his understanding of sex and involves himself in
sexual acts, which he later regrets. His religion makes him feel extremely
guilty for these "dirty" acts. He begins to take on many more responsibilities
such as living with his uncle away from his family and finding work in
order to support himself. This novel grabs a hold of you and pulls you into
the story, forcing you to feel what it's like to live in the slums. Although
McCourt lived a very rough life he managed to pull out a few humorous scenes
in his story.
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