Angela’s Ashes by Frank Mccourt
Angela’s Ashes (Scholastic ELT Reader) (Scholastic ELT Reader)
Angela’s Ashes, permeated on each page with Frank McCourt’s amazing silliness and sympathy, is a radiant book that bears every one of the signs of a work of art.
“When I think back on my adolescence I consider how I figured out how to get by any stretch of the imagination. It was, obviously, a hopeless adolescence: the cheerful youth is not really justified regardless of your while. More regrettable than the standard hopeless youth is the hopeless Irish adolescence, and more terrible yet is the hopeless Irish Catholic youth.”
So starts the brilliant diary of Frank McCourt, conceived in Depression-period Brooklyn to late Irish migrants and brought up in the ghettos of Limerick, Ireland. Straight to the point’s mom, Angela, has no cash to encourage the kids since Frank’s dad, Malachy, seldom works, and when he does he drinks his wages. However Malachy – angering, untrustworthy and bewildering – nurtures in Frank a hunger for the one thing he can give: a story. Straight to the point lives for his dad’s stories of Cuchulain, who spared Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mom babies. Maybe it is story that records for Frank’s survival. Wearing clothes for diapers, asking a pig’s set out toward Christmas supper and social affair coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank bears destitution, close starvation and the easygoing pitilessness of relatives and neighbors- – yet lives to tell his story with expert articulation, richness and astounding absolution.