"A man is not a whole and complete man," wrote America's poet, Walt Whitman, "unless he owns a house and the ground it stands on." Italians have historically seen property as their most important investment, and now they are buying US buildings.
"My father and mother should have stayed in New York." Frank McCourt's reading of Angela's Ashes is captivating from the very first words. His writing and his voice combine to make an apparently horrific story totally hilarious. The images from his childhood in New York and Limerick are unforgettable.
"Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood" is how Angela's Ashes begins. Frank McCourt achieved literary fame with his story of his early life in Limerick.