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I read Angelas Ashes by Frank McCourt McCourt was a Pulitzer Prize winning author in 1997 He writes non-fiction based on his life Angelas Ashes is an autobiography about his childhood experiences McCourt lived in Limerick Ireland with his poor immigrant family He moved to New York City at age 19 He worked as a high school English teacher for 45 years In 1935 it was common for Irish families to come to America instead the McCourts went back to Ireland The family contained 4 children of which the author was the oldest the mom and the dad Angelas family is not happy to see them because Angela was Catholic but she married a Protestant The family goes through one tragedy after another Angela has to get welfare because her husband will not work When Frank gets old enough he gets a job as a telegram boy and a collections letter writer for the towns moneylender At age 19 he became afraid of being like his father because most men were alcoholics in Limerick He moved to New York City The story develops mainly through flashback It is written as if from memory The only dialogue is written from the authors memories There are many plots intertwining around the story of this family The main character in Angelas Ashes is Frank McCourt because the entire book is written about what he remembers from his childhood Frank McCourt is a small scabby-kneed boy at the beginning of the book The book follows his progress into manhood It explains the hardships of depression era Ireland and the effects it has upon the shaping of the children there Frank is a very aware child He always seems to sense things and feeling of the people around him He grows and changes throughout the whole book He becomes more bitter toward the world and his father as the book progresses It is filled with his thoughts and feelings
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