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Frank McCourt (the author) has passed away

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Carlo Medina, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. Carlo Medina

    Carlo Medina Well-Known Member

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    Rest in peace. Not only a wonderful writer, but a genuinely funny and kind man. Saw him speak at a graduation at UCLA, the best commencement speech I've ever seen/heard (and I've seen a lot). Quite a lovely man, especially given his tragic childhood.

    Godspeed Mr. McCourt.
     
  2. Cees Alons

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    Yes, I liked the books even more than the film (Angela's Ashes), which says nothing to the disadvantage of the film, BTW.

    May he Rest In Peace.


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    My wife persisted and persisted that I needed to read Angela's Ashes.

    I don't have a lot of free time to read books...although it is a passion (along with films). But I usually get to a few each summer.

    I couldn't believe how wonderful a book it was. His ability to tell such a dismal upbringing with such grace and humor and lightness was an extreme gift.

    Like Cees, I much preferred the book to the film. I believe it was McCourt's light narrative which was lost in the translation.
     
  4. Randy_Sh

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    I plan on picking up a copy of Angela's Ashes for s summer read...I was vaguely familar with Frank McCourt's work, but didn't realize his background at all until yesterday.

    Mike Greenburg from ESPN radio's Mike & Mike spoke very fondly of him - before he was as Pulitzer prize winning author, he was a long time English teacher....Greenie had him HS English and had many memories of his classs.
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