Thursday, July 23, 2009

Irish author Frank McCourt dies

Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes, died on Sunday 19th July 2009.

Frank was born in Brooklyn in 1930 but his family moved back to Ireland when he was four. Angela's Ashes tells the story of his poverty-stricken childhood in Limerick. His father was an absent alcoholic and his mother was haunted by the deaths of three of her young children. Frank and his siblings grew up with hungry mouths and worn shoes. But somehow, Angela's Ashes is also a heartwarming, funny and endearing memoir; written with a child's intelligence. It was loved by readers but hated by many Irish who felt its depiction of Limerick's poverty and intolerance was unjust. Either way, it's a great read and Frank McCourt was awarded a Pulitizer Prize for his life works. Find them today, on the library catalogue.

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