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Frank McCourt (the author) has passed away

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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   Carlo Medina

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Posted July 19 2009 - 05:32 PM

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.

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#2 of 4 ONLINE   Cees Alons

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Posted July 19 2009 - 08:36 PM

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.


#3 of 4 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted July 20 2009 - 04:17 AM

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. 

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Posted July 21 2009 - 02:39 AM

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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