Since the book's publication in 1996, readers have sought to know more about the impoverished world that ravaged Limerick, Ireland in the 1930's and 40's; the rampant fever, freezing temperatures and severe destitution that left McCourt and his family starved and struggling for survival. Now, with the upcoming release of Through Irish Eyes: A Visual Companion to Angela McCourt's Ireland, readers will get a glimpse of the day-to-day struggles recounted in Frank McCourt's telling and unforgettable memoir.
With a forward by Malachy McCourt, Frank's younger brother, Through Irish Eyes presents the rugged backdrop of the countryside in a series of archival photographs, capturing the unsentimental images of decrepit back streets in Irish towns, men spending their wages on porter and whiskey at the 'public-house', and low-paid women in garment factories.
Paired with detailed annotations and literary quotes, the visual companion serves, Malachy writes, as a "classical reminder that the poor are always with us somewhere, and it's been a long wait for the meek to inherit the earth. Look at this book carefully and keep it close, lest we and our children and their children forget."
From Through Irish Eyes: A Visual Companion to Angela McCourt’s Ireland, copyright © 2013, published by Glitterati Incorporated. www.Glitteratiincorporated.com.