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While this book's content was wonderful and thorough, as a recovering Catholic, it was very difficult for me to hear how the church bullied people and threaten them. Frank was an excellent narrator and I wondered through it all how he survived and became a successful human being. Many people would have become bitter and dependent on alcohol or drugs to deal with the trauma they endured.
This is one of those books that makes you choke because you start dying laughing in the middle of a good cry, great book and narrated perfectly
One of the best, saddest, most engaging books I've read.
This book is so very sad: extreme poverty, starvation, diseases, neglect, and many dead children. The most terrible thing in these situations is the parents' neglect of their children, and their blindness and ignorance about it. Neglect that leads to many of the terrible things that happen to kids in poverty. And that leads very young children to prematurely behave and become adults, as Frank was already at the age of 5 or even earlier. So sad, so painful. The book is bleak, but what can you expect when the kids are dirty, dressed in filthy rags, starving, barely have a shack for a house, a father that drinks his weekly salary (when he has a job!), and diseases that are overlooked by neglecting parents and get sever sometimes to the death of infants. There is also some black humor in this book, and it is funny although depressing. And of course, whomever loves this book should also read The Glass Castle.
I went through a variety of emotions from laughter to anger to sadness. This has been the best read of my life thus far.
A terrible life, redeemed by human tenacity. His reading makes it unforgettable.
This is the third time I've listened to this memoir and I have read it twice. 'Nuff said.
I loved this book. The narration was excellent! I highly recommend it.
"Frank McCourt was born in 1931 in Brooklyn, New York, to Irish immigrant parents; grew up in Limerick, Ireland, and returned to America in 1949. For thirty years he taught in various New York City high schools, including Stuyvesant, and in city colleges. He lives with his wife, Ellen, in New York City and Connecticut."