Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt

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7 Responses to “Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt”

  1. Ryan H. Says:

    Summary: This book is about Frank McCourt, a young Irish boy that lives with his mother and alcoholic father during the Depression. The family is very poor and all the money is either spent on raising children and buying alcohol. Most of the children in his family eventually die and later on Frank too becomes an alcoholic.

    Evaluation: This book is a good book, and it gives interesting insight to how it was like to live in extreme poverty, especially during very rough times. It will give you a real look at what it was like during the Depression and the physical and mental issues that would tag along with it. Although it is very interesting and informational it most definitely is not a page turner and it can be hard to trudge through the pages.

    Rating: Overall I would give it 3 out of 5 stars.

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  2. Tanner H Says:

    Evaluation: This was a well written motivational autobiography. Personally, I found Angela’s Ashes to be difficult to relate to. I also disliked the fact that the author left it to the reader to guesstimate what the characters were thinking and feeling. In my opinion it would have been better if the author had focused a little bit more on describing the different emotions each character was showing. Without that, I feel that you don’t get the whole story. Contrary to all that, I can still recognize that this was an incredible book, even though I didn’t like it. This book stands alone among others in its description of how things can be always be worse.

    4/5 Stars

  3. Zoe B. Says:

    Summary: Angela’s Ashes is a memoir on Mr. Francis McCourt’s less than fabulous childhood. It starts in Brooklyn where the reader is informed early on a little bit about the McCourt’s long history of poverty, starting in Ireland where Francis’s parents are from and how they travel to America separately, meet and eventually marry. Malachy and Angela give birth to Frank, Malachy, twin boys named Eugene and Oliver, and Margaret. The family moves to Ireland after Margaret’s infant death. In Ireland the twin brothers die from poverty. The death of Frank’s twin siblings brings out the worst in his parents… Further adding to his father’s alcoholism and fueling his mother’s depression. Angela’s Ashes is a story of a boy’s life growing up in Ireland and the horribleness that it presented. As a young adult, Frank escapes to America where it is possible that he could follow in his father’s footsteps.

    I rate Angela’s Ashes 3 out of 5 stars, because although I believed Francis McCourt, and his memoir is an interesting story, it was extremely long, because he didn’t change his tone throughout out the entire book which made it difficult to get through.

  4. Cooper D. Says:

    Angela’s Ashes tells the tale of Frank McCourt’s (the authors) life from firstborn to age nineteen. It is a memoir of happiness, woe, poverty, love, anger, and indifference. The story highlights Frank’s interactions among family and friends in Ireland at around the time of the Great Depression.

    I thought that Angela’s Ashes was overall a good book. The writing style is detailed yet simple, personal yet shared in voice and experience. When he writes about an event, he covers everyone’s reactions. The memoir was very sad but one that a reader can definitely become attached to.

    4 out of 5 stars!


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  5. Derek G. Says:

    Angela’s Ashes was about an Irish family going through the Great Depression during WWII. The parents of this family started out with four kids, then more came out and kept digging the family into a deeper hole. They were evicted from their homes because Malachay, their father, was an alcoholic and had no job most of the time. The kids ran wild and always had crap in their pants. The mom had given up after losing most of her kids to death. In the end Frankie grew up and became an alcoholic too.

    I thought this book was very depressing, always talking about the family’s troubles. I don’t believe one good thing came out of this book. Seemed like the same stuff and troubles every chapter. But on the other hand, this was interesting to learn about, and in the end I enjoyed reading it.

    Ratings: 2.5 Stars

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  6. Bryce H. Says:

    Summary: The story is about a boy named Frank and his life growing up in Ireland during the times of the Great Depression. His father is an alcoholic, and his mother doesn’t work. Many children die, and the family is just trying to survive.

    Evaluation: I didn’t really enjoy this book becuase I am not a fan of the drama genre. It was very slow and hard to get into the book.

    Recommendations: The Things They Carried, 1984, The Catcher in the Rye

  7. Kasia D. Says:

    Summary: Angela’s Ashes is a memoir told by a boy named Frank McCourt. Frank lives with his mom, Angela, and his alcoholic father, Malachy, who spends all their money at the bars. Frank has had a hard life growing up. Many people in his family have died or moved away. He eventually moves out and becomes very independent and can only rely on himself. He dreams of one day moving to America. This book is sad and exciting, but overall a great book.

    Evaluation: My evaluation on this book is it was a good book to read. It was kind of long and a little boring at times, but it’s not one that will disappoint you. The ending isn’t what you would expect it to be what it is true. This book has its ups and downs but you get to understand and feel what the family is going through. This book is one I would recommend if you want to broaden your imagination of what times were like in the olden days, especially during the depression when poverty was a major issue.

    Rating: I would rate this book with 5 stars, because it is a good/true story that you don’t hear too much about in a book: the dark sides of life.

    Recommendations: Because of Winn Dixie, The Glass Castle, and Fairy Tale Interrupted.

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