"Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood."
This is a passage from one of my all-time favorite books Angela's Ashes. It's one of my favorites because Frank McCourt is unparalleled in his use of wit to describe his life growing up poor in Limerick, Ireland. This past week, the incomparable Frank McCourt passed away at 78 and I for one will miss his humor and his honesty.
If you haven't read anything by this fabulous writer, I heartily suggest you pick up any of his three memoirs post haste - especially Angela's Ashes on audio book read by the author himself. And just to whet your appetite - here's a clip of the author himself reading a bit about books and libraries from said classic. Enjoy!