Please give some examples of poverty in Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt.

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Frank McCourt’s autobiographical novel Angela’s Ashes recounts the author’s impoverished life in Limerick, Ireland, until he left returned to America at the age of nineteen. While it is a growing-up story, it is mostly a story of Frank’s fight against poverty. He writes:

When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I survived at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood. 

The McCourts went to America but come back to Limerick at a most inauspicious time, a time when the country has little to offer its people. They receive public assistance, but it is not adequate to raise them out of their abject poverty. Many things contribute to the family’s poverty, including Frank’s father’s alcoholism, and the ramifications shape Frank’s life.

One indication of their severe poverty is how they lived....

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