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Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
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May 04, 13

bookshelves: to-read-aloud, curriculum, want-to-re-read, audio, five-stars, book-club
Read from September 06 to 11, 2011

Because of the title, I kept waiting for the mother to die. I still can't understand why she didn't die with a title like this one. So not-a-spoiler: she doesn't die.

This book is second only to Elie Wiesel's "Night" as the hungriest book I have ever read. Not mouthwatering fantasy/ethnic books that insist on describing every meal in great detail to give "atmosphere." This is more raw, more desperate, more animal. An endless, relentless search for food runs in a heartbreaking undercurrent. The way each windfall, each lucky bit of butter or jam is burned into his memory for life, the taste of it to be praised before his children's children, the sudden flare of hatred for those who had just a little more-- and would not share.

The other wonderful thing about this book is the way it gives a very vivid portrayal of a child's worldview. I don't think I've ever seen a better description of an adult writing a child's point of view.
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message 1: by Shannon (new)

Shannon This one needs to go onto my "to-read" as well. :)


drowningmermaid I've seen the movie, and it has me intrigued...


Synesthesia Emily Watson is a great, underrated actress


drowningmermaid What else is she in?


Synesthesia Breaking the Waves, Hillary and Jackie, Cradle Will Rock, Punch Drunk Love, The Memory Keeper's Daughter http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001833/ She is good at her job.


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