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Into the Ashes

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I was really saddened to hear today of the death of Frank McCourt at the age of 78.  Frank McCourt was the author of Angela’s Ashes, and T’is, two of the most enjoyable books I have ever read.

Written when he was 66 years of age, Angela’s Ashes recounts the tale of Frank McCourt’s impoverished childhood in Limerick (Ireland), the deaths of his brothers and sister, his alcoholic father, and his escape at the age of 19 to America. 

The opening of the book reads;

When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I survived 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.

The first time that I read Angela’s Ashes, I immediately turned back to the first page and re-read it again. 

T’is is the the sequel to Angela’s Ashes which follows Frank’s journey as an immigrant in America and his path to becoming a teacher in New York. 

Both books are beautifully written – both as humourous as they are tragic.  I have always found it so inspirational how Frank McCourt took his dysfunctional upbringing and turned it into such a touching read.  

An amazing author and storyteller who touched many lives.

Requiescat in pacem

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Written by Lores

July 21, 2009 at 12:34 pm

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