"Detroit Free Press"Every once in a while, a lucky reader comes
across a book that makes an indelible impression, a book you
immediately want to share with everyone around you....Frank
McCourt's life, and his searing telling of it, reveal all we need
to know about being human.
"The New York Times"A classic modern memoir...stunning.
Frank McCourt's lyrical Irish voice will draw comparisons to
Joyce. It's that seductive, that hilarious.
"The Philadelphia Inquirer"A spellbinding memoir of childhood
that swerves flawlessly between aching sadness and desperate
humor...a work of lasting beauty.
"The Miami Herald"...a monument to the self-perpetuating power
of the human spirit...an accomplished, authoritative, and
shimmering example of the memoirist's art.
"The Washington Post Book World"This memoir is an instant
classic of the genre...good enough to be the capstone of a
distinguished writing career; let's hope it's only the beginning of
Vanessa V. Friedman
"Entertainment Weekly"The power of this memoir is that it makes
you believe the claim: that despite the rags and hunger and pain,
love and strength do come out of misery -- as well as a page-turner
of a book. And though the experience it tells of was individual,
the point -- and the story -- is universal.
A splendid memoir, both funny and forgiving.
"Irish American Magazine"Frank McCourt has examined his
ferocious childhood, walked around it, relived it, and with skill
and care and generosity of heart, has transformed it into a
triumphant work of art. This book will be read when all of us are
"Angela's Ashes" is a chronicle of grown-ups at the mercy of life and children at the mercy of grown-ups, and it is such a marriage of pathos and humor that you never know whether to weep or roar -- and find yourself doing both at once. Fear not: it ends happily; but all along, through each fresh horror of the narrative, you win be made happy by some of the most truly marvelous writing you will ever encounter. McCourt deserves whatever glittering prizes are lying around. Give the man a Prix de Rome, a Croix de Guerre, a Pulitzer, a Nobel, a Templeton -- and while you're at it pull him another Guinness!