I’m glad everyone else in the world has already read this book, because it means I don’t have to immediately call everyone I know and force them to read it. This is truly one of the most heartbreaking books I’ve ever read. It’s the kind of book that makes you want to go back in time and fix the past, until you remember that there are still people starving to death, there are still people without access to education or the most basic health care. And then you just want to crawl in a hole and forget about everything, or get really drunk, or both. But instead you finish Angela’s Ashes and then move on to a book everyone says is funny, but that ‘funny’ book turns out to be about a kid who gets his head run over by a mail truck, is orphaned, and lives in an awful, terrible, dangerous ‘boy’s home,’ and even when things start going good for him, you know there’s just more danger around the corner. And then the next thing you know, you’re a god damn nihilist and there is no turning back.
Or maybe that’s just me.