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  Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Review by: Heath T.
Alberta, Grade 10

It was about Ireland.

Angela's Ashes is a memoir written by Frank McCourt about his own life while growing up in the damp, dreariness of Ireland. Frank's parents met in the New York and, through a one night stand, had their first son, Frank. They then have Malachy, Oliver and Eugene, and Margaret. They find many troubles in The United States, and so decide to move back to Ireland.

I quite enjoyed this book, because Frank McCourt was a very connectable man, even when he was writing about himself as a child. You could feel his emotion, and a dry sense of humour as he joked about happy childhoods. Frank experiences a lot of trauma in his early years, but he seems to recover very quickly. He is a very thoughtful young boy and he shows much sensitivity. As you read the story, you begin to notice that Frank is very determined. He goes out to get a job at the age of fourteen, to help provide for his family, while his father drank away all his earnings. Frank's narraritive makes this book an enjoyable and humourous read.

McCourt's mother, Angela, whom the book was titled after, was a sweet woman who always put her family first. She was unlucky to get caught up with Malachy, her husband, when he impregnated her, because he really did not want a family. But yet, even in such undesirable circumstances, she remained strong. Angela always put her sons' wellbeing before her's. Even when Malachy would drink away the money, she would do everything she could to provide for them. Even when Frank disagrees with some of the things she does, such as begging for charity, it is still clearly displayed she is doing everything she can for them. Despite the situation she is in, she manages to raise her sons to be hard-working and kind men. Angela is a very noble woman, and Frank McCourt must be truly proud of his mother to title his memoir after her.

The main conflict in this story is the McCourt family's battle with poverty. It was extremely interesting hearing of all the ways that families dealt with poverty in Ireland and the United States. They did begging, and little jobs, and picked up scraps. They rarely had money, and their living conditions were horrible. When the first floor of Frank's house floods during the winter, they move upstairs. Where it is warm and dry, and good-naturedly called

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