Over the last twelve plus years, I have kept a database of the books that I have read including observations and plot information. Looking back on this list, there have been books that I have struggled to finish, but I never wanted to stop reading a book in the first 70 pages as many times as I wanted to stop reading Angela's Ashes. The urge to set the book aside was driven by a recurring event in the early years of the author's life.
Ultimately, I am glad I struggled through this section and finished the book. McCourt's description of the abject poverty of his childhood is stunning. Winner of the 1997 Pultizer Prize for a biography, I have never read anything that personalized poverty as this book did.