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Angelas Ashes is an autobiographical novel which takes place in Ireland and in America This book tells the life of Frank McCourt his brother Malachy his mother Angela and his father Malachy The story also includes many other characters including relatives children neighbors and townspeople McCourt describes his life from the time that he was a child of two years until he was about twenty-five years old The amazing thing that he does is that he makes himself the age that he is in the story For example when he was four McCourt records the dialogue how it would actually sound if in fact he was four years old I tell him Malachy stop telling that story its my story He wont stop I push him and he cries Waah waah Ill tell Mam31 The setting of this story has some significance to the attitude of McCourt and the reader It seems as if Frank and his family are always trying to get enough money to go back to America Frank and Malachy were born in America but they had to go to Ireland their parents native country due to lack of money McCourt makes America seem like the place to be while Ireland is just the place where they are stuck for the time being The problem with the family is that Malachy McCourt the father has a drinking problem Therefore he spends every Friday salary on alcohol The wife and children go hungry and without adequate clothing because of the father However they cannot stop him She says Some day well all go back to America and well have a nice warm place to live and a lavatory down the hall like the one in Classon Avenue and not this filthy thing outside our door110 Mam says theres no use waiting up any longer If Dad stays in the pubs till closing time there will be nothing left from his wages and we
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