Sunday, April 24, 2011

Angela's Ashes

This book has joined my list of favourite books. One of the reviews of this books says it all.

"Every once in a while, a lucky reader comes across a book that makes an indelible impression, a book you immediately want to share with everyone around you... Franks McCourt's life, and his searing telling of it reveals all we need to know about being human" -Linnea Lannon

I stumbled across this book in the 2nd hand book shop. At first I was hesitant to buy it because there wasn't any synopsis on the book, only lots of great reviews so I had no idea what the book was about except that it's a memoir of somebody.

This book is absolutely beautiful, telling the story of the author's childhood of poverty in the slums of Ireland during the days of the Great Depression. The unique thing about this book is he writes it from the eyes of how a child views the world. The innocence of a child and how he sees the horrible realities of poverty sometimes in a humorous way.

When I read the Wild Swans, I become grateful that I do not have political propaganda brainwashing me. When I read A Thousand Splendid Sun, I become grateful that I have rights and freedom as a woman. Now after reading Angela's Ashes, I'm grateful that I have food and a roof over my head very night. I'm even grateful that I live in a country where it's hot and dry.

I've become a great fan of reading about people from other countries. It opens your eyes to the different cultures of the world. And it humbles you.