The tribulations of Frank McCourt and his family as described in his memoir, Angela’s Ashes, is heart rending. The poverty is a curse indeed but at the same time the optimism of the family is an encouragement. There may be many life stories that are similar to Mr. McCourt’s but it is still a very inspiring and one in a million life story.
Mr. McCourt’s father is an interesting person as he shirks his responsibilities but at the same his love for his family cannot be undermined. It seems that he was possessed by two contrasting personalities. I fail to sympathize with such people. Having read Teacher Man by Frank McCourt, it was interesting to read the childhood journey of Mr. McCourt. Presence of religion and education in the life of Frank McCourt seems to have given him the power of discretion and the strength to pursue his dream in America. The lesson for me is that I have to make sure that my children are equipped with the essential tools needed to live a worthy life – education and spirituality.