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Frank McCourt was born on 19th August 1930 in Brooklyn New York at the height of the Great Depression When he was abut four his sister Margaret died The family subsequently returned to Limerick Ireland and is the main focal setting of this book Angelas Ashes a memoir of his childhood McCourt returned to New York when he was nineteen and managed to become a teacher after studing at New York university His brother Malachy came to New York shortly after and went on to become an actor When he retired from teaching he decided to write his memoirs Angelas Ashes was published in 1996 and has become an international bestseller winning many awards including the Puiltzer Prize for Autobiography 1997 A motion picture was made based on this book directed by Alan Parker and starring Robert Carlyle released in 1999 He has since written a sequel about his life in America entitled Tis A Memoir From the first sentence of the book McCourt comes straight to the point His narrative is to be a memoir about a miserable Irish Catholic childhood Since this is an autobiography the author has the luxury of identifying at the outset his major themes as a writer and his reason for writing this book His themes will be poverty alcoholism piety defeat the Church bullying schoolmasters and the sheer misery of living in Ireland Limerick the principal setting of most of the memoir is immediately singled out - as a rain-soaked cold dreary place We get the impression from the first page that this is to be a story of misery but to a certain degree we are deceived by this For although the book is tinged with sadness his tale is told with a sense of humour determination and remarkable forgiveness McCourt tells his story through the eyes of a gradually maturing child At first the child sees only what is immediate his family the relationships that
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