Aug 21, 08
Read in August, 2008
I have to admitt this book sat on my shelf for a while. I kept passing it over for another book. Grant it, I didn't see the movie, but people told me it's a sad story about a very poor family. I didn't think I would like the book and I wasn't quite sure why I even bought it.
Well, I didn't like the book. I LOVED the book. Frank McCourt, the author and main character engaged me by the first 2 sentences of the book. I enjoyed his style of writing and the way he displayed conversations. I truly felt like I was there with him listening to his story.
After reading this book, you can't help but look at life and all that is around you and know that it is true, we do live a life of "excess". America is about big houses, big cars (thank you GM Hummer), big meals (thank you Claim Jumper and AG Spurs) Hollywood Glamour, money...and it is true; Americans are "whiners". What really do we have to complain about? We have a roof over our heads, food in our bellies, clothes on our bodies, and shoes on our feet. Gosh...
My son woke up from his nap yesterday as I was reading about Frank McCourt. He walks down the hallway in clean PJ's, a diaper, in the protection of our home, and is looking for a cold glass of milk and a snack. How lucky is he? This furthers my desire to move my family abroad and live off the land.
So...Angela's Ashes is about Frank McCourt and his family after they travel to Ireland from New York to live a better life in "Free" Ireland. Unfortunately, it goes from bad to worse, if that is possible. Frank loses sister's and brother's, doesn't have shoes nor a change of clothes. Rarey do they have food and it's tea and bread for days, even weeks. They often don't have a decent place to stay since they have no money. A father who spends his time hugging his pint then this children. Disease is ramptant. Winter is unbearable. And it goes on and on...