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"When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish...
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This is a raw, truthful, very revealing memoir set mainly in Ireland. The poverty the author lived through in his childhood was ghastly and painful to read about, and the fact that he survived at all is amazing. He tells of the extremes of poverty and the negligence of his alcoholic father who failed to provide for his family even when he'd manage to land a job for a few weeks. His mother suffered greatly, several of his siblings died, he himself almost succumbed to typhoid. Even with all this, the story is such a good read by a man who was brave enough to share it.
Jun 13th, 2021
I sobbed out loud on the metro reading this--not just once!
Mar 24th, 2018
It took me awhile to get into this book, I didn't like the writing style at first. Once I'd reached the half way point it had grown on me and I really enjoyed the rest of it. Well worth a read.
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Jun 19th, 2015
Definitely in the top three of must-read books. Outstanding work of art.
Feb 21st, 2013
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