Book review: Angela’s Ashes : a memoir by Frank McCourt

November 21, 2007

Angela’s Ashes is the story of Frank McCourt’s childhood in Ireland. McCourt’s family was dirt-poor and his father was a drunk who neglected his family and drank his wages. Frank manages to recount his horrific childhood with great humour and honesty.

It isn’t easy writing your memoirs – many things one does are simply too painful or embarassing to recollect. McCourt however reveals all with breathtaking honesty – stealing, jacking off in the open, etc – its all in there.

I’ve never come across a writer like McCourt before – his prose is so simple that he doesn’t even put speech in quotes.

Despite growing up extremely poor McCourt still manages to find humour in his dreary childhood. Angela’s Ashes is one of those rare books that will have you laughing out loud.

This book is one of the most original and interesting books i’ve ever read. Highly recommended.

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2 Responses to “Book review: Angela’s Ashes : a memoir by Frank McCourt”


  1. […] Angela’s Ashes : A memoir, Frank McCourt […]


  2. One of my new favorites.

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