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Frank McCourt was a little Irish Catholic boy born in Brooklyn and lived in Ireland until he was nineteen Angelas Ashes is the story of growing up in Ireland His family was extremely poor His father never had a steady job and if he worked a little he spent most of the wages in the pubs His mother stayed home with the children The Irish Catholics do not believe in birth control so they had seven children although three died Since there were so many mouths to feed and Malachy Franks father could not keep a job Frank starved for almost twenty yearsThe Irish blamed their problems on the English I think that they were so helpless they had to blame someone for their suffering Although I am not saying the English were without fault but there ways people could survive The people were so poor and living in the most wretched conditions They had leaky and flea infested houses Their clothes grew funguses and were almost always damp The children were almost always dirty Their shoes had holes in them and their clothes were like rags Frank said he never had a pair of pants until he was fourteen If Malachy was not an alcoholic things would have been a little better for the whole family but he loved his drink and that was more a priority to him then his starving children Even through all of this suffering Frank dreamed of returning to America He worked and did what he could to return to the Land of Opportunity He wanted a better life for himself and his familyThe Irish looked to the Catholic Church for guidance in their life They would always say that if something bad happened it should be offered up to God He would take care of things They took the Church so seriously Frank would go to Confession almost every week He prayed to St Francis of Assisi constantly
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