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Ich habe das Buch erst Jahre, nachdem ich den Film gesehen hatte, gelesen. Schon der Film hat bei mir großes Unbehagen ausgelöst. Es ist ein unvorstellbares Elend, in dem Frank McCourt aufgewachsen ist.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Sure an' its a good book....
I read it. In a day, 's matter a' fact. I've wanted to for some time now, saw it on a chair at my niece's, sat in the chair, opened the cover and I didn't get up until I was done. There are many things that stick in my mind. His first pint and the way those in the pub raised their glasses, fully aware of the gravity of the act; when I read about the time he slept in...
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1.0 von 5 Sternen i love this book, 3. Februar 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Angela's Ashes (Gebundene Ausgabe)
this book was great! I highly recommend i
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Smashing, 24. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Angela's Ashes: A Memoir (Taschenbuch)
It is a very well written novel about a young boy growing up in a rather weird household. He writes very lightly about, in my opion, disasters happening to him and his family. Alcoholisme, unwanted pregnancies and the death of of some of his siblings.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Leaves a bad taste in my mouth, 3. November 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Angela's Ashes: A Memoir (Taschenbuch)
Yuck, yuck and double yuck. After having seen the movie trailer while in the middle of reading Angela's Ashes, I stand amazed that this book has drawn such an avid audience (and no doubt the movie will too). The author spends so much time with graphic descriptions of hunger, poverty, disease and filth, but character development, growth, or even self-reflection barely surfaces in this book. I kept reading just to see who was going to die next. As for humor, maybe McCourt's reading on audio makes it funny, but the droll tongue-in-cheek humor that is often based on mockery and ignorance didn't even make me smile. At the end, turning to thievery and adultery could have even been a bit ironic, but in the drab context of his endless laundry list of "this happened, then this happened", it barely registers in this novel. Save your money. Save your time.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Great Read for the Season, 12. Dezember 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Angela's Ashes (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Angela's Ashes is one of the greatest books I have ever read. It involves the story of a young boy in Ireland and his struggle to survive the harsh realities of poverty. That little boy's name is Frank McCourt, an immigrant from Ireland to America, and back again. The story's plot develops itself slowly, but once you reach it, you can finally see why it's written in a first person, biography format. He is telling you the stories, the cold facts, of his childhood as a boy. He doesn't sugar coat anything, but he never directly comes out and says certain things. When he talks about his experiences with love, he never says, "I love her", he says, "She takes up space in my heart and I cherish her every word". The book's underlying emphasis on Catholicism and it's power in Ireland is clear more towards the end. You learn of the intolerance the people there have towards the Protestants and the English. It's also a matter of accepting the fact that they believe Catholicism to be the one and only religion. The book won a Pulitzer Prize, it's not hard to see why. The description and imagery are great, and the memories it brings back for the reader are incredible. The one thing that this book really does, and really pounds into you, is that you have to realise how lucky you are. "Frankie" came from nothing but poverty and a broken family. He had nothing to start with, but slowly worked himself up to become a respected man. It's no wonder you cheer for him the whole book. I wish that I had read this sooner, when my grandmother had recommended it. I thought I wouldn't like it. The dark humor shown is a little disturbing at times, but like any TV show or movie, it's gone and voer with before you have any second thoughts. It's the underlying sense of self-determination and self-reliance that will really hit you in the end. There is one fault with this book and it's style. There are no quotation marks. You don't have any knowledge that someone is speaking in some places so you have to go back and re-read it to make sure you didn't miss anything. I wish he'd had used them but the lack of them makes the style even more creative.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Somewhat disappointed..., 15. November 1997
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Angela's Ashes (Gebundene Ausgabe)
"Have you read that book by Frank McCourt? It's sooo good, you positively haaaaaave to read it!" This statement would then be followed by close to ten minutes of ravings about Irish accents, something about a pig's head, overflowing latrines and dirty Limericks.
A few weeks ago, I finally got tired of being continually gushed at when I would reply that I haven't read Angela's Ashes. I bought a copy, went home and prepared to have the most profound experience of my life. I was somewhat disappointed.
The first several chapters of the book were interesting and I found myself laughing out loud several times. The childlike narration is good in the beginning, but you would expect it to mature somewhat throughout the book as the child/narrator grows up. It doesn't. The latter parts of the book are what gave me trouble, I suppose. The gruesome details of every sort of sickness imaginable and the description of horrible living conditions is pretty compelling stuff, but after awhile it just gets gross. Not to even mention that there are some very personal things about Mr. McCourt that I would have rather not known.
It would be unfair of me to say that I didn't like the book at all, because I felt it had it's moments. But to me those few moments don't make up for the number of times I have been accosted with "Oooh have you read that book by Frank McCourt?"
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Delightful and Distasteful, 16. März 2002
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When I first started listening to “Angela’s Ashes” I was hoping for a glimpse into the life of the common Irish. Much of the book was an absolute delight, whole other parts were very distasteful.
“Angela’s Ashes” is Frank McCourt’s story of his life from his first memories in New York, through his childhood and teen years in Limerick until he is able to save enough to return to America on his own.
At the start of the book, McCourt says: “My father and mother should have stayed in New York where they met and married and where I was born...Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.” He then writes a first person stream of consciousness narrative to prove his premise.
The parts of the book which were absolute delights were the parts in which one is treated to the language of the Irish with all of their peculiar phrases, expectations and beliefs. While listening to these selections, I was reminded of some of the phases which I have heard from my Irish born relatives. Some of the beliefs and world views illustrated did not seem so different from some of which I have heard or even held. There is just enough truth to make the quotations humorous.
I am glad that I listened to the audio version which was read by the author. His Irish accent made the book more entertaining than the written word would have been. I noticed that the pronunciation was not always the way the book was writen.
The oppressive and endless poverty and burden of alcoholism are depressing but, in his as in too many families, real tragedies.
The characters are, perhaps, realistic dichotomies. Malachy, seems to be a good man when sober, but his weakness for the drink renders him an irresponsible father. Angela, the mother, seems to be a an incompetent personality who, somehow, manages to hold her family together when with little and, eventually, no help from Malachy. The initial, cold receptions of the McCourts by their families in Ireland ultimately give way to grudging acceptance and assistance. Frankie, the author and narrator, begins as a naive child who, forced by circumstances, becomes a self sufficient adult. Perhaps the tragedy of Frankie is that, immersed in a world of hardship and formal religion he learns much about self-sufficiency but little about morality.
The parts of the book which I found to be most distasteful were the later sections which degenerated into what would have to qualify the work for an “X” rating. Perhaps this is McCourt’s ultimate way of proving his premise that the worst childhood is an Irish Catholic childhood. I suspect that this would have been a better book had the immorality been eliminated from the later sections, but, perhaps, it would not then have conveyed the intended message.
This book is enjoyable to read in parts and I am glad to know what it is about, but any endorsement would have to be lukewarm.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Depressing!, 11. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Angela's Ashes (Taschenbuch)
An unexciting story about a boy who grows up in a depressing and disgusting situation. I could do without ever knowing that people in the world live in houses where excrement and vomit are left to fester on stairwells INSIDE the home!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great Film, 11. Juli 2005
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Angela's Ashes: A Memoir of a Childhood (Taschenbuch)
Frankies family goes to ireland to have a better live, but when his brothers die and his father goes to England, he lokks for work to help his mother to survive. He meets a girl and falls in love. They have a love affair and when she dies because she has consumption he feels guilty. When Mrs. Finucane dies, who Frankie has written letters for, he steals her money an goes to America.
I liked the film because it was realistic and exciting
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