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  Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Review by: Tyler N.
Alberta, Grade 10

Limerick, Ireland is a dark, dreary place. Through his powerful use of imagery Frank McCourt sucks you into his novel, allowing you to experience his life almost as if you were there. The quote “Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.” describes Frank’s life growing up perfectly. This novel takes you through a journey that is filled with hardships and horrors.




Frank grows up living in terrible poverty. His stay at home mother and father who drinks all his earnings so the family is always in a struggle for money. Frank almost seemed destined to have the same fate as his four dead siblings. Although all of this suffering the family encounters Frank still goes on without complaining. The title Angela’s Ashes is somewhat ironic in my opinion. Angela would sometimes sit by the fireplace and look at the ashes that resemble death, just like her, hopelessly burning away without that once vibrant flame of her youth and hope. The large fireplace upstairs is somewhat symbolic of him, even though there is nothing good, Frank still has a warm heart and is very bright just like the fire.




I strongly believe having to overcome challenges helps make good character. Leaving New York helped Frank battle through hardships which helped him build perseverance and determination. If you’re looking for a happy read, this definitely is not your type of book At times it may have been a bit dull but in the end it sends an inspiring message. Just like the fire, the only light in a dark place, Frank ended up making the best out of his rough life.


I didn't really like the book because it was a bit too dull at times for me.

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