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· Title, points/pages:
The book I’ve read is called: Angela’s ashes.
The book consists of 460 pages, which are 46 points.
· Explanation of the title:
I think the explanation of “Angela’s ashes” is, that everybody in the commune of Angela (the mother of the author) is dying.
So she only haves ash left.
Which explains: Angela’s ashes.
· Author and particulars (if any):
The author is Frank McCourt.
He’s born in New York in the years of ’30.
Where he was the oldest son.
He moved after a couple of years to Ireland, where he’s growing up and leaves to America.
He’s written this book as an autobiography.
This book was written for audience between 15 and 50 years old.
The writer want to evoke all sorts of emotions.
He tells the story funny, but it’s also very sad.
He don’t want to evoke some emotions, he just want to give the people a description of his youth.
And everyone has to interpret it for themselves.
I think the genre of the book is: autobiography.
The first piece of the story did take place in New York.
I know that, because he tell that they live in New York.
The rest takes place in Limerick, Ireland.
I know that, because he tell about the bad circumstances in Limerick.
And about their journey to and through Ireland.
I think the story was very realistic.
Also because you know it was really happened.
And the story is written from the perspective of that boy.
· Character development:
Yes there was character development.
The boy, Frank McCourt, who’s also the author, was getting older in this story.
He told about different ages of his life.
And his character educated during the years, from boy till young man.
Frankie McCourt was born in New York.
After a few years he gets a brother, who’s named after his father: Malachy.
They lived happy with the four of them, but they haven’t money enough for food and clothes.
Their father, a very nice, gentle man has one big problem: his alcoholism.
He doesn’t take his money at the end of the week home, but he drinks it all at the pub.
And then he came home drunk.
So Frankie and his brother were very lean and wear dirty, old clothes.
His father and his mother do have quarrel often, because of the alcoholism of his father.
But they really love each other. And his mother gets pregnant.
His two brothers, Eugene and Oliver were born.
His father doesn’t bring his money home yet.
And the whole family is hungry, lean and dirty.
But after a few months, his mother is pregnant again!
This time they get a girl: Margaret.
The whole family is very happy with her.
His father has a special relation with the little Margaret, he gets her little presents and cares very well of her.
When Margaret dies after a few weeks, his mother is going crazy and his father is very sad.
They move to Limerick, Ireland to work on a new live.
In Limerick it’s very bad.
They have a bad house, which is flood at the first floor in the winter times. They have to live at the second floor, where the fireplace is. And they haven’t got money to eat and buy clothes. That’s why his mother is going to beg by a help society for poor people. After a few months, his mother is pregnant again. Frankie is getting a brother: Mikey.
But one of the twins is getting ill. He dies because of pneumonia. The left one of the twins is in a shock.
Everytime he’s calling his twin brother, but he doesn’t come back... Then the lonely one of the twins dies too.
And his mother is in a deep dewail. In the meantime, between all the death and doom, Frankie goes to school and experiences a lot of things, as getting his first Communion and play hooky. For the last time, his mother gets pregnant.
They getting a boy again, Alphie. This time, nobody dies in his family again. He grows up and want to go to America.
When Malachy (his brother) is old enough, he goes to England in the army.
And his father is going to England too, because of the war, where he can help to make weapons.
But also this time, he doesn’t send the money for his family.
Frankie, Angela (his mother), Mikey and Alphie are going to live by a cousin of his mothers mother.
Frankie hates that man.
He gets work and keeps money in secret for his journey to America.
Finally, he gets the money, and leaves to America.
That’s where the story ends.
My opinion it’s a very good book.
It’s funny, sad and surprising. I really sympathised with Frankie and his family. And I think that Frank has told very humoristic and without sadness about his lifetime.
To make a (short) outline was very difficult, because there are so many things happening in the story, which makes it hard to pick out the headlines of the story.