De as van mijn moeder: een Ierse herinnering

De as van mijn moeder een Ierse herinnering Frank McCourt wordt geboren als oudste zoon van een dood arm Iers gezin in het New York van de jaren dertig Zijn vader is een onverbeterlijke alcoholist die er niet in slaagt zijn gezin te onderhouden
  • Title: De as van mijn moeder: een Ierse herinnering
  • Author: Frank McCourt Christien Jonkheer
  • ISBN: 9789035124042
  • Page: 469
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  • De as van mijn moeder: een Ierse herinnering
    Frank McCourt wordt geboren als oudste zoon van een dood arm Iers gezin in het New York van de jaren dertig Zijn vader is een onverbeterlijke alcoholist die er niet in slaagt zijn gezin te onderhouden Nationalistisch als hij is, laat hij zijn zoontjes stram in de houding Ierse liederen zingen Maar de magische klank van het woord Ierland gaat al snel verloren als het gezFrank McCourt wordt geboren als oudste zoon van een dood arm Iers gezin in het New York van de jaren dertig Zijn vader is een onverbeterlijke alcoholist die er niet in slaagt zijn gezin te onderhouden Nationalistisch als hij is, laat hij zijn zoontjes stram in de houding Ierse liederen zingen Maar de magische klank van het woord Ierland gaat al snel verloren als het gezin door geldnood gedwongen remigreert naar Limerick, de geboorteplaats van Franks moeder Angela.
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  • Frank McCourt Christien Jonkheer

    Francis Frank McCourt was an Irish American teacher and author McCourt was born in Brooklyn however, his family returned to their native Ireland in 1934.He received the Pulitzer Prize 1997 and National Book Critics Circle Award 1996 for his memoir Angela s Ashes 1996 , which details his childhood as a poor Irish Catholic in Limerick He is also the author of Tis 1999 , which continues the narrative of his life, picking up from the end of the previous book and focusing on life as a new immigrant in America Teacher Man 2005 , detailed the challenges of being a young, uncertain teacher who must impart knowledge to his students His works are often part of the syllabus in high schools In 2002 he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Western Ontario.He died Sunday, July 19, 2009 of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer He was 78.

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  • Before I get too deep into my review, let me just say this Angela s Ashes is one of the most depressing books I have ever read That said, it is also fascinating, heartbreaking, searingly honest narration told in the face of extreme poverty and alcoholism This absolutely entrancing memoir follows an Irish American Irish American on this later boy who comes of age during the Depression and the War years in a country gripped in the stranglehold of the Catholic Church, tradition, rampant poverty an [...]


  • What, did NO one find this book funny except me I must be really perverse.Although the account of Frank s bad eyes was almost physically painful to read, the rest of the story didn t seem too odd or sad or overdone to me My dad s family were immigrants his father died young of cirrhosis of the liver, leaving my grandmother to raise her six living children of a total of 13 on a cleaning woman s pay So Life was hard They weren t Irish and they lived in New York, but when you hear that your dad occ [...]


  • I read his book, then I got to know him, and rarely will you find as similar a voice between the man and the writer as in this memoir A tragic gem of a childhood story.


  • But the worst offender of the last twenty years has to be the uniquely meretricious drivel that constitutes Angela s Ashes Dishonest at every level, slimeball McCourt managed to parlay his mawkish maunderings to commercial success, presumably because the particular assortment of rainsodden cliches hawked in the book not only dovetails beautifully with the stereotypes lodged in the brain of every American of Irish descent, but also panders to the lummoxes collective need to feel superior because [...]


  • If you had the luck of the IrishYou d be sorry and wish you was deadIf you had the luck of the IrishThen you d wish you was English instead How can ONE book be so WONDERFUL and so HORRIBLE at the same time I have no idea But this book is both Big time It s difficult to imagine anything worse than a childhood crushed under the oppressive conditions of abject poverty, relentless filth and unmitigated suffering The childhood described in this book is the worst I ve ever encountered The lucky childr [...]


  • There once was a lad reared in Limerick,Quite literally without a bone to pick.His da used scant earningsTo slake liquid yearnings In American parlance a dick.To get past a father who drankIn a place that was dismal and dank,He wrote not in rhymes,But of those shite times A memoir that filled up his bank.


  • Quite different from other memoirs I read especially the brand of memoir that s been coming out in the last few years Frank McCourt s Angela s Ashes tells of the author s poverty stricken childhood in Ireland in the early 20th century It s told from the first person present perspective, which doesn t allow for as much mature reflection, but it does create a very immediate immersive atmosphere And speaking of atmosphere, McCourt writes so descriptively and which such skill that you can really pic [...]


  • Angela s Ashes is a beautifully written, painfully honest account of Frank McCourt s childhood in Limerick, Ireland.Frank s parents, both Irish, met in New York and began their family there McCourt himself was born in New York, but this was in the 1930s and the depression hurt everyone and everywhere, especially immigrant Irish with no resources.So back to Ireland they go to live near his maternal grandmother 1930s Limerick was not much better than New York, especially for Frank s father who spo [...]


  • C nd tata vine acas cu leafa din prima s pt m n , mama e nc ntat c poate pl ti datoria italianului dr gu de la b c nie i c poate ine iar capul sus, fiindc nimic nu e mai r u pe lume dec t s fii dator i obligat fa de cineva Face curat n buc t rie, spal c nile i farfuriile, cur masa de firimituri i de resturi de m ncare, gole te r citorul i comand o nou bucat de ghea de la alt italian Trebuie s studia i i s nv a i, spuse el, ca s v face i o p rere proprie despre istorie i toate celelalte, dar ce p [...]


  • I have to admit that I didn t love the first third of this book but I realize the information gained there made me enjoy the rest even At times, this book was a beautiful dark comedy, There is nothing like a wake for having a good time, and I think that some day I might make my kids promise to die for Ireland Near the end, the young boy is trying to figure out what adultery is by looking it up in the dictionary he is forced to look up new words with each explanation he finds and the result it p [...]



  • This autobiographical book about Frank McCourt s childhood is so lyrical and well written But, seriously, it ripped my heart into little pieces and then stomped on the remains.When I read Angela s Ashes my children were small, about the ages of Frank and his siblings at the start of the book I found the story of their neglect filled childhood in New York and Ireland with a helpless mother and an alcoholic father who spends his odd paychecks, as well as their welfare payments, in the pubs and let [...]


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  • In Angela s Ashes, Frank McCourt paints a picture of a childhood mired in poverty He manages to be humorous and heartbreaking, and hopeless and triumphant all at once I laughed, I cried, I felt dearly for the disadvantaged McCourt family that struggled against all odds.The memoir borrows heavily from the art of realism as tales of impoverished childhoods usually are McCourt was born in depression era Brooklyn to an alcoholic father who spent all his wages at the bar, and a mother disgraced and d [...]


  • Picked this memoire to experience some foreign countries through literature Good choice What could have easily been another misery porn immense poverty, hunger, never ending unwanted pregnancies, drunkenness, strict religion, deaths of TB and pneumonia on every other page became something because of the author s remarkable voice, filled with innocence, humor and almost unwavering optimism of childhood Amazing that McCourt managed to preserve this voice well into his 60s.


  • I had not planned on writing a proper review, so I began to read others Quite a few unleashed verbal vitriol at McCourt s memoir, claiming that it is not entirely accurate and that it is too mawkish maudlin bathetic Others claim that the author romanticizes the penury and destitution of the lives in his lane First, no memoir can ever be 100% truthful our memories are incomplete and sporadic at best In fact, as I read I liked that there were NO quotation marks used to indicate speech I actually t [...]


  • Frank McCourt, n o precisou puxar pela cabe a para escrever um livro repleto de ingredientes que lhe garantissem sucesso imediato, bastou lhe desfiar as mem rias da inf ncia passada nos bairros pobres de Limerick, na Irlanda Quis a sorte ou o azar que tivesse nascido numa fam lia regada a cerveja, reinante na ignor ncia e na mis ria, aben oados e condenados por um catolicismo fervoroso A educa o em casa e na escola era feita na base da chapada pedag gica, desde cedo que os mi dos aprendiam a def [...]


  • It s been ten years since I ve read this book Like everyone else I was floored by it when it first came out But time and age have made me wiser.I don t think it s stood the test of time and the I think of it my grandmother is right It s a one sided, depressing view of life in Ireland Woah is me is the book in a nutshell This book simply has you marinate in negativity Maybe I ve read too much Phillip Roth in the meantime and compared to his characters this book seems too whiny and annoying.I rea [...]


  • I can t put this down I m getting such a dark kick out of Frank McCourt s childhood Favorite line that had me laughing out loud Oy, you Irish You ll live forever but you ll never say challah like a Chew I m devastated this book is ending it s been the most pleasurable part of my days over the past week It s of course depressing, I mean, like he says in opening Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhoood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood I [...]


  • One of my most favorite books and authors of all time I can t get enough of Frank s stories I also listened to him tell it on an audio recording, and it s even awesome listening to his Irish accent The most compelling characteristic of his writing is the ability to write about a subject as dire and despairing as poverty and neglect, and make it so blisteringly funny, I m in tears Then in another chapter, I m crying with grief over the loss of his siblings and the humiliations of his mother But [...]


  • There are not words to describe how horrible I felt this book was First, I was somehow under the impression that it was a WWII novel, so that was a disappointment to begin with I really felt like the theme of this novel was how to survive life s trials and difficulties by masturbating Someone please tell me if I am way off here.



  • This is one of the most depressing and heartbreaking true life novels I ve ever read so be forewarned, this Pulitzer Prize winner is pretty tough to take.In the beginning, Francis Frank McCourt s family story starts out so desperate, you think it can t get any worse, BUTES Frankie had a very short and dreadful childhood in Limerick, Ireland Even at age four with only the clothes rags on his back, he had adult responsibilities caring for his twin baby brothers, changing and washing dirty diapers [...]


  • Couldn t bear it Whiney, self obsessed and smacked of disingenuity Using misery, either yours imagined or others purloined to make money seems to be the height depth of cheap shots Someone once told me of a review of the book that they had read somewhere Baby born, baby died, baby born, baby died, baby born, baby died, baby born, baby died it rained.Admittedy there was to it than that, however I read it a long time ago and the gloom of the misery and rain hangs still over the whole thing in a r [...]


  • Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.This book is kind of like that bit in A Chorus Line where the director is making everyone tell him about their childhoods and the one guy goes, Nobody wants to admit they had a happy childhood There are two instances where this statement is extremely true show business, and memoir writing Angela s Ashes which is apparently the first in a series chronicles the chil [...]


  • Let me cut to the chase and say that this is heartbreaking My first McCourt book I was thrilled that the author himself narrated the audio and in all his Irish glory it made it so much I am pleased that I chose this as my introduction to this writer, as I feel I will now have a better understanding of his ambition and how his childhood made him view the world and people around him.Heartbreakingly sad due to the horrible poverty and surroundings, I was amazed at how humorous this memoir actually [...]


  • Overpraised and insubstantive, the first installment in Frank McCourt s memoir cycle, Angela s Ashes, is mostly based around such an obvious cycle that its mind numbing Times were tough and we were on the dole Me father drank and came home late at night waking us up and making us swear we d die for Ireland Me mother and me father fought and he shaped up Got a job, but nobody liked him because he was from the dirty north So he drank his first Friday s paycheck, was late to work on Saturday, and t [...]


  • I grew up hearing about how my Irish maternal grandfather had gone out one day to buy a pack of cigarettes one night and never returned home to his family While they were not exactly in the economic level of poverty of the Frank McCourt s family, it still brought to life the mentality of that time especially of the men who were alcoholics It was a hard book to read, depressing on a different level when told from the perspective of a child That still doesn t take away from my feeling that it was [...]


  • This review may contain what some may consider as spoilers On the whole, I don t think reading this will take away your enjoyment of the book, however, I just had to put the warning here.This review has now been shifted to myBLOG.


  • This is a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed it, which seems ironic, considering its subject matter.This is a story about grinding poverty and an alcoholic dad who spends the money for food on the pint There are terrible tragedies and the family is constantly fighting to survive.Kids and parents alike are nearly starved, most of the time They are constantly cold and damp because of their lack of clothes and disgusting living conditions This, in turn, causes disease and death The Catholic church [...]


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