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  Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Review by: Nolan P.
Alberta, Grade 10

Angela’s Ashes book review
By Frank McCourt
Review By Nolan
In 1930’s Ireland seemed very wet and dreary. In the book Angela’s Ashes Frank McCourt makes it clear that how hard his life was and the extreme challenges he and his family faces. I found this book very interesting and descriptive.
Frank is a very complex character. He really loves his family and though most of the book he is helping his mother in one way or the other. Even from when he was little he was putting food on the table for the family. He is very smart and strong willed and will do anything to survive.
Malachy is Frank’s father. He is a raving drunk and spend the whole family’s money on the pint. He can never hold on to a job for very long because he is always sleeping of the hangover. When their girl is born he stops drinking but soon after she dies and this drive him back to the bar to drink away the pain.
Angela is frank’s mother and is always trying to get Malachy to bring some of the money home. She is very heart felt that her kids should be good Catholics. She has no control in her life. She loves her kids and protects them when Malachy come home ragging drunk.
Frank uses amazing imagery in this book like when he describes the damp coolness of Ireland that kills everyone. He also describes there small upstairs they call Italy as having a big fireplace and a very small bed. He also describes Laman’s griffin place as a small little place that does not even qualify as a house.

Though the start is fairly slow it picks up in the middle and has a good ending I would not recommended though because it though because I found t boring most of the way through.

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