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am 4. August 2006
Gibt es ein trostloseres Buch als dieses? Mailen Sie mir und sagen Sie mir doch, welches.

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.

Angela lernt ihren Mann Malachy in New York kennen, der erste Abend endet mit einem "Knee-Trembler" an einer Mauer und der Zeugung von Frank McCourt. Mehr Kinder werden geboren. Der Vater bringt durch Gelegenheitsjobs ab und an ein paar Cent nach Hause, meistens vertrinkt er das Geld jedoch am Zahltag. Die Geschwister wachsen völlig verwahrlost auf, werden mit Zuckerwasser ernährt, wenn nicht gutmeinende Nachbarn Lebensmittel bringen. Der Vater, ein patriotischer Nordire, lässt besoffen die Kleinkinder nachts antreten, um auf das Heil von Nordirland zu singen.
Die Familie kehrt zurück nach Limerick, auch dort lebt die Familie von der Hand in den Mund, der verhasste nordirische Vater hat praktisch keine Möglichkeit, in der Republik Irland Arbeit zu finden.
Während dem zweiten Weltkrieg geht er nach England, um in der Rüstungsindustrie zu arbeiten, was viele Iren getan haben, dort wurde gutes Geld bezahlt, und die Männer konnten ihre zurückgebliebenen Familien mit dem wöchentlichen Scheck sehr gut versorgen. Aber McCourts Familie ist die einzige in der Straße, die samstags vergeblich auf den Scheck wartet, denn auch in England vertrinkt der Vater den Lohn.
Das Leben ist geprägt von Demütigungen, Dreck, Gestank, Hunger, durch Mangelernährung oder Kälte sterbende Geschwister, Wanzen, Ohnmacht, Abhängigkeiten von denen, die ein Dach über dem Kopf zur Verfügung stellen, you name it.

Ich habe ab Mitte der 70er Jahre viele Jahre lang immer wieder Irland bereist, damals war das Land für uns Späthippies eine Art Mekka mit seiner Stille, Kargheit, schönen Landschaft und den freundlichen Iren. Ich merke, dass ich nun überhaupt nichts über dieses Land wusste und Romantik meinte gefunden zu haben, wo nun wirklich keine war.

Dieses Buch hat zu Recht den Pulitzerpreis gewonnen, und ich empfehle es jedem Leser.
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VINE-PRODUKTTESTERam 11. November 2009
This is a very impressive book, in which McCourt describes his childhood and adolescence in the Irish town of Limerick during the thirties and forties. It is an amazing survivor's story - life just isn't fair. McCourt was born to two Irish parents, his father was an irresponsible and hopeless alcoholic who never gave anything to his family as a present except a half-eaten chocolate box. He seemed to have had a good heart, but all his good intentions were always swept away by his alcoholism. Young Frank still craves his father's love and he remembers fondly not only the drinking bouts of his father but his caring side, when he tells him stories early in the morning when nobody else is awake. His mother is the loving kind but she is overwhelmed by the harsh poverty from which there is no escape. Several of his younger siblings die as very young children and there are many people young Frank loses to death along the way. The author keeps consistently the child's perspective which is the only way to make the biography bearable for the reader. So there is some humor and some amusing insights, though not so amusing once your really understand them 'My father wanted me to die for England, the priests wanted me to die for the faith, wasn't there anyone who wanted me to live?' The poverty of Ireland and the influence of the Catholc church - little Frank doesn't have many nice things to say about the Church either - make his childhood really traumatic. What makes it even harder to take is the fact that his childhood wasn't the only one deeply affected by poverty. But Frank McCourt survived to tell his story for all the others who never could. Highly recommended.
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am 11. Januar 2000
Angela's Ashes, Frank's McCourt's New York Times Best Selling Memoir, centers on the cold, hard life of a poor Irish Catholic family. Frank McCourt, the oldest child, tells the story of his family in Ireland and their unfortunate poverty and depression. The father is a mean, cold-hearted man who constantly spends his and his children's money on liquor for himself. The mother, Angela, is without a doubt the backbone of the family; she makes sure they eat and worries about the rent and the well-being of her children. Throughout the story Angela teaches her children the importance of pride and dignity. The ill-starred family is continually struck with the death of very young family members. Even though several children die from starvation and cold before the age of five, McCourt manages to portray these tragedies and shows the family's ability to move on with life. Although the memoir, in general, is an incredibly sad one, the humor of McCourt's style makes the book bearable. Because McCourt's writing style is so descriptive, the reader is able to feel the families sorrow and unhappiness, and we see the world in which they live. Unfortunately, Angela's Ashes did not shine through in the recent holiday film released by Paramount. The film showed the importance of McCourt's humor by not incorporating it into the adaptation. Without this humor, the film was dark, sad, ugly and unbearable. The book on the other hand, may be sad, but is at the same time uplifting.
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am 10. April 1998
Reading Angela's Ashes produced emotions in me that no other book has ever done. Imagine a childhood having three younger brothers, living in a damp, one bedroom apartment without a restroom, eating one or no meal a day (a pig's head for Christmas Dinner), and a father that squanders the family's minuscule income on "pints". Like an adult, at three years old Frank took care of his brothers; he cleaned their "arses" and and dreamed of the day that he could make a little money and support his family. McCourt's life story provoked so much sympathy inside of me that I wished I had the power to travel back in time to give him my only sandwich for lunch so he wouldn't starve. One must read to believe that a person could survive such a hard childhood. Easing this sadness, Frank McCourt uniquely adds humor with the thoughts he had as a child like excusing his father's mistakes for being "dropped on his head" as a kid. Yes, I enjoyed the book because Frank's life story made me cry and laugh, but I loved it because it made me more caring of other people in life and realize that if Frank McCourt could overcome his hardships, anyone can. That is the potential power of Angels's Ashes. It deserves a perfect 10, and I think "Joseph, Mary, and Jesus" would agree. Brian 2
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am 24. Juni 2005
The book is about a boy who experienced a terrible childhood. It's written from the point of view of young Frank McCourt, and it's mostly autobiographical. The style is very authentic and simple but the content is all the more miserable. It's astonishing how detailed he's able to remember and how much he was able to bear at the time. The family had nothing to eat, the father lost his job after the second week if he managed to get one because he drank all the wages and missed work. The family wasn't welcome either in America or in Limerick, they were just troublesome appendices because, they were spongers. Frank had to go through and endure the stern and intense school of everyday life and the malicious treatment of his grandmother and the hypocritical Catholic traditions. All in all it's amazing how he managed to survive despite the harsh and brutal circumstances. I would recommend people to read this book although it's quite a long read.
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am 27. Juni 1999
As an Irish Catholic brought up in Los Angeles, there are more differences than similarities between the McCourts and my family. But this beautifully written story opened my eyes to understand why my parents and grandparents behaved the way they did, where Catholicism is not just part of their lives; it IS life. This book was enlightening on a personal level.
To those who don't share the McCourts' background, there is still something to be gained by this book. It is a poignant story of survival. Frank McCourt never once takes pity upon himself; he shares the the strength of his mother, determined to do whatever necessary to get by, without the "you owe it to me" attitude. Told with a humorous tone, Frank, the true survivor does not become the stereotypical Irish male drunk, but had his mother's obstinance and one track mind of survival.
He observes the fanatical devotion of his family and neighbors to the Catholic church, probably the one driving force that gave these pitiful families a purpose and reason to continue living. He conveys the same confusion and questions many other Irish Catholic children, but offers no answers, as we've learned there are none.
Frank McCourt is another great Irish writer.
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am 17. November 1999
With trepidation, I started reading Angela's Ashes. I was afraid that: 1) I wouldn't get out if what everyone else has; and 2) I'd find a descriptive memoir like this boring. Happily, I am a third of the way through, and I love the book. I go home during lunch so I can read a few more pages. It's an incredible the way, how did McCourt remember all this stuff? So far, I can say that I love the kid. Thank goodness for his naivete, which prevented him from realizing how horrendous his upbringing was and allowed him to find some joy and humor in his everyday confines. Wow. The religious angle, coming from a Catholic background, is hilarious, too. There were a lot of thumps on the heads for Frank and his schoolmates. This book brings out other emotions as well, since it's very hard not to greatly dislike his irresponsible father and not to feel so sorry for the other poor kids who starved and had no shoes. I can't wait to get to the end... which brings me to the word "Tis."
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am 10. Oktober 2001
Ein Buch der Gegensätze: Es ist absolut erstaunlich, wie die Schilderung der erschreckenden Zustände, in denen Frank McCourt in ärmsten Verhältnissen im erzkatholischen Irland aufwächst, ein derartig bezauberndes Buch ergeben kann. Der kindlich-unschuldige Umgang mit einer derben, häufig von Fäkalausdrücken geprägten Sprache macht ein weiteres Spannungsmoment dieses Werks aus. Die übermächtige Rolle der katholischen Kirche und die Doppelmoral der Menschen stehen ebenfalls in krassem Gegensatz. Alles in allem: zutiefst beeindruckend.
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am 5. Januar 2002
Die Geschichte "Angela's Ashes" von Frank McCourt hat mich sehr begeistert. Der Autor erzählt seine eigene Kindheit, was mir besonders gut gefällt, da ich realistische Bücher mag. Ein solches Leben, wie es Frank McCourt beschreibt, hätte ich mir vorher nie vorstellen können, es regt durchaus zum Nachdenken an. Es wird interessant und glaubhaft aus der Sicht eines Kindes erzählt. Das Buch ist so spannend, das ich einfach nicht ausfören konnte zu lesen.
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am 23. Mai 2000
I adored this novel. Frank McCourt is not only a wonderful writer, but an honest one as well. Many other reviewers have said that they know Irish people who didn't grow up this way, so therefore McCourt must be imagining all the poverty of his childhood. Well, just because your buddy is Irish doesn't mean that he knows about Limerick. Everyone in Ireland didn't grow up in the same place, there is variation in every country. There are people in New York living in penthouses, and just a few blocks away people living in cardboard boxes. At the beginning of the 20th century Ireland was a poor country, and he happened to grow up in one of the most poverty-stricken districts of it. Just because his life was so different from your own doesn't mean that he fabricated this entire tale. Of course some of the story would be filled in in places, no one can remember their childhood with complete clarity. The fact is that I beleive this novel to be true because McCourt was so honest. He shared his feelings and thoughts, most of the time thoughts that you would never admit to having. His story telling style is unique, the lack of quotations is confusing a bit at first, but if you are an intelligent person, you soon get over it. He made you feel his conflicting emotions of anger at his father for wasting his paycheck, and his intense admiration of him as well. I don't believe that this novel is reinforcing bad stereotypes about the Irish people. It is portraying, rather, their ability to survive, and make a living in an unimaginable situation. It is a testament to the strength of the Irish people, as well as their weaknesses. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who would like to see how those less fortunate live, written in honesty, intelligence, and remarkable humor.
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