Frank McCourt 1930 – 2009

The sad news was announced this morning that the Pulitzer prize winning author Frank McCourt has passed away. I always think when an author dies what stories we might have missed from them and what there next book would be.

If it is an author that I haven’t read before such as Frank McCourt I then of course wonder what I have been missing out on and now think that I should get a copy of ‘Angela’s Ashes’ and read the work of what sounds like a brilliant author who is sadly no longer with us. Because of this mornings news I have decided to hold of the new page launch until tomorrow, its doesn’t seem quite right to have a blog party.

Have you read any of Frank McCourt’s books, where would you recommend I start? What is his style and which other books apart from the incredibly well known ‘Angela’s Ashes’ would you recommend and why?

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13 responses to “Frank McCourt 1930 – 2009

  1. I have read all his books – I think. Angela’s Ashes was the best, and I recommend you read it, although I have heard it is better as an audio book.

    I was sad when I heard the news of his death. I love the picture you have of him – such a good portrait.

  2. I read both Angela’s Ashes and ‘Tis many years ago; as a decendent of the Irish diaspora I thought it my duty. Definitely read Angela’s Ashes. I can’t think how to describe the style, obviously memoir, and you will probably recognise characteristics of famous Irish literature – the bleakness and the ubiquitous nature of Irish life.

    • It’s not like one of these “all the rage” tragic life stories though is it? I hope not. I am gonna give them a whirl and if its anything like Pulitzer Prize winners I have read so far it will be fantatsic.

  3. The Lasting Tribute website has updated its memorial pages to include Frank McCourt.

    http://www.lastingtribute.co.uk/tribute/mccourt/3115762

    It’s a respectful memorial to Frank and somewhere to pay tribute to his family’s fortitude at this difficult time.

    EVERY comment is monitored so that nothing offensive or inappropriate is published.

  4. Read Angela’s Ashes years and years ago. I loved it then (not sure I’d view it the same way now). If you read it, keep the tissues handy!

    • Oh that sounds like it could be very much up my street as if an autobiography is taught with geniune tragedy and emotion I seem to get a bit weepy which is slightly sad of me.

  5. How sad. I too have meant to read this one but put it off a bit like I do sometimes with films I think are going to be very serious, but then when I do get round to watching I love them and wish I’d done it earlier.

  6. Loved Angela’s Ashes. Indeed a tragic story but so many funny bits, too. I cried AND laughed.

  7. How did I not hear of this earlier? 😦

    Definitely read and start with Angela’s Ashes. A sad, but fantastic read dispersed with comic relief. Although not directly a sequel, ‘Tis might make more sense following Ashes. I have yet to read Teacher Man, which I gave to my da (a teacher) and need to borrow. My da really liked it though.

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