Frank McCourt Message Board

Melba McCauley posts on 3/1/2009 7:07:21 PM This is for those displeased with Frank Mc Court's honesty in his writings. There is such a thing as a trash can . Use it and be done with it . I on the other hand love his books and have the urge to touch his books as though it will bring me closer to him . I saw Frank McCourt years ago on a talk show when anounced that the book Angela's Ashes was comming out . He is a wonderful author.
Ann Siljegovich posts on 3/1/2009 5:58:23 PM I enjoyed "Angela's Ashes" very much. Also I enjoyed "Tis". Can someone tell me if Angela's ashes were the dreadful life she lived? Angela was cremated in "Tis" and it would seem to me that the second book name should have been "Angela's Ashes"
Amanda posts on 2/8/2008 4:24:51 PM I think Frank McCourt is our greatest writer today. He's so gifted it's terrifying. I read all his books and loved them all but, of course, nothing compares to his Angela's Ashes which was written with blood and has earned him immortality. Lucky for us, he chose America to develop his talent. I hope the magic well never runs dry and he produces many, many more books in his lifetime.

Marion Dante posts on 12/15/2007 5:34:08 AM I love Angela Ashes. It is so real. I hail from Limerick too and would love to get my book 'Dropping The Habit' onto the American scene:ISBN 978-184223-297-2 I left home at 14 to join the nuns and spent 32 years inside.I had to write my book as therapy. PLEASE HELP ME FRANK! Although my autobiography hit number 2 in Ireland it has not made it in England either. Hopefully Marion
Catherine posts on 11/20/2007 6:18:12 PM I read this book twice over. Once because it was like stuffing a very expensive delicious dinner down your throat because you were starving. The second time I savoured it. I think what makes this incredible memoir so palatable is that F McCourt does not indulge himself with pity, nor thrusts it in the lap of the reader. Quite a feat to tell the truth in all it's wretched detail, embelish it with humour for the sake of the reader and not turn it into a mawkish pity fest. I thought it was a piece of literary highwire.
norliza posts on 11/20/2007 1:47:44 AM Angela's Ashes is the best book I've ever read. I read it a few times in a row when i first borrowed it from a library. Then i bought my own copy and read it a few more times. I never really care about the political, sexual or religious issue about it. What's important on top of everything is how the story touches the humanity inside of me and the rest who read it. A salute to Mr. Frank McCourt, an ultimate learner of life. Just take the best out of everything, we'll do just fine :)
Mary Thompson posts on 8/22/2007 9:18:03 AM I go to yard sales and every once in awhile I come across a book for sale that catches my eye....hence the cover on this book of Frank in a coat with no shoes on his feet. That alone, inspired me to buy the book....cost of only $1.00, and I have never in all my many years of reading, been so captivated by Mr. McCort's account of his upbringing and the atrocities he had to endure during his early childhood and on into adulthood. His book kept me riveted to every word. I so admire him and his perserverence to rise above the "ashes" and turn out out to be what I feel is the most prolific writer I have ever come none. I would be so honored to meet a man of his stature, and I would highly recommend his book to all mature adults who think they have it tough in this world. I'm sure a good many of them could not endure what he has lived through. My hat is off to you Mr. McCort.....your book was the best dollar I ever spent. God Bless and protect you always.
posts on 10/13/2006 7:26:39 PM Paulette, I completly understand your concomitant inability to "debate." You failed to answer my query about your being Catholic. This is significant because it demonstrates bias on one's part toward the Church, specifically the Church and its historical relationship to both Northern Ireland at the Republic of Ireland. Have you been to Ireland and seen first hand the love many have for the Roman Catholic Church? Lastly, I have never said I speak for other commentators on this site as you claim you do. Do you applaud McCourt's two sexual expolits in the book in question? Yes or no!
posts on 10/13/2006 6:35:34 PM Mr. Anderson, Please understand I have no desire to debate your opinions concerning Mr. McCourt’s sex life or religion. Being Christian I believe there is only one who sits in judgment over us, and his name does not begin with R. It is over-simplifying to imply that one has to agree with every word in a book to enjoy the book. The sexual parts you so tirelessly refer to were a very small part of his story. Mr. McCourt owes Irish society no apology for revealing a theological and societal callousness toward those living in poverty, nor do the poor choices of his parents deserve to be concealed. All these factors led not only to a miserable childhood, but to the untimely death of several beloved siblings. I’ve been trying to decide what you’re hoping to gain by lurking in wait for someone to make a favorable post about Mr. McCourt’s work, only to spew forth belittling, name-calling, typo-mocking, gender-classing insults. If you’re attempting to influence other people’s thinking, your technique doesn’t appear to be working for you. Maybe you should approach it from a more intellectual point of view with literary details about his work, rather than supreme judgment of his life. If you’re trying to impress people with your insight and intelligence, judging from the comments, that doesn’t appear to be happening either. People tend to be more open to ideas when they’re not under attack. Would it be so painful to temper your comments with a little respect and kindness?
posts on 10/11/2006 8:15:25 PM Paulette, then you do endorse the sexual behavior of Frank McCourt and his attempt to make money off of it in his mediocre literary work? Regarding the Roman Catholic Church: Are you Catholic? Please do not obfuscate or skirt the issue(s)here.
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