Monday, July 20, 2009

Ashes To Ashes


I first read Angela's Ashes after writing a paper comparing the film to another Irish film as the final for my Ethnographic Film Study class my freshmen year of college. The film was good, but the book was something else entirely. Beautifully poignant. Harshly honest about the reality of it all. I quickly dove into 'Tis. That book had me bothering my roommates my Sophomore year as I kept the light over my bed on reading late into the night. I wish I had the words to better express those books.

Frank McCourt passed away yesterday, exactly one month before his 79th birthday. He has touched the lives of his family, friends, students and readers and his voice will be missed.

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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