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  Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Review by: Randi L.
Alberta, Grade 10

Life as a limerick couldn't have been easy for Frank McCourt and he would be the first to tell you just that. In Angela’s Ashes you get the sense that life in Ireland during the time period of his life was rough. Frank the author and main character in the story of his childhood was forced to grow up irrelevantly fast and learn to cooperate with minimal. As a young boy Frank was always trying his best to keep everyone comfortably happy and support his family. He was determined and would do whatever it took.

Mr. McCourt (Frank's father) caused immense pain within his family. Malachy was his name and he liked to attend the pub after each day at work. Every cent he made went to his pint of beer causing his family to struggle with the hardships they endured. Frank for example had been woke up numerous times by his father’s horrendous singing, of Roddy McCorley and Kevin Barry songs late at night. Bursting through the door father would shout and get Frank and little Malachy out of bed to swear to die for Ireland one day in exchange of a penny. Mother was always up waiting for father to come home, but it always ended with disappointment.

However life for the McCourt’s was without a doubt challenging they always seemed to find a way to work together and keep their family as close and enjoyable as possible. Father was a horrible influence on the boys but mother knew what was best. She fought and held on with everything she had to make it work. Maybe there was a hope of faith that father could come around but he was in bad condition.

Angela’s Ashes is very descriptive and explains the McCourt’s life in a way that people who weren’t there or have no idea what it was like can understand what they went through on a daily basis. I enjoyed reading Frank McCourt’s “Angela’s Ashes” and I learned so much about his life and the hardships that he and his family went through. I felt I could understand to the point that anytime I picked up the book I walked right into the middle of the McCourt’s upstairs room.

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