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ANGELAS ASHES

Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes is the life experience of a Catholic Irish boy, born in New York, to Irish immigrant parents, during the United States' worse economic period in history, the depression era. At the tender age of four years old, Frankie McCourt had the responsibility that many children beared at that time. He watched over his younger siblings;Malachy, three, the twins, Oliver and Eugene, almost one, and his only sister Margaret, whenever his mother, Angela, brushed him off to the neighborhood playground or left him in care, of the children, when she had to run errands. Amazingly, Frankie was able to see the humor in many, of the obstacles, within his childhood and adolescent life. It's through his vivid description of his ordeals, in Ireland, with his parents, death, school, church, health, and work that make this book a somewhat good reference to what Irish life was like for a child. The reader becomes enthralled with images that was created, and it's as if, th!
e reader is right next to Frankie McCourt as he went through his afflictions. Frankie's father, Malachy is a real character. He was a type of father that Frankie wanted to hate and despise, yet couldn't. As much as Frankie remembered the bad times that his father put him and his siblings through, he remembered the good times, where he sat on his father's lap listening to a folktale. However, that didn't make up for the family's economic struggles, which caused them to face severe poverty and hunger that bordered on starvation and malnutrition. Malachy was an alcoholic, as were many of the men during that time frame, in order to forget the lack of employment and to magnate the pain of poverty. He genuinely loved his children but the need for a cold drink at the local pub over powered his fraternal instincts. Frankie recalled countless times when his father staggered home, stinking drunk, singing ARoddy McCorley,…

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