Angeles Ashes is a good movie and book. I appreciate any depiction of Ireland. However,if you are going to title a book and movie "Angela's Ashes," is it not reasonable to expect Angela to be more than a prop for all of the male roles in the story? According to Frank McCort, there is no sadder story than one about growing up Irish Catholic at that time in history. My bias from an immigrant Irish Catholic family is to believe this. But what about growing up Irish, Catholic and female? I would expect at least a fair gender balance in a book winning the Pulitzer Prize. My real issue with a big budget movie production of Angela's Ashes telling about hard times in 1930's Ireland is that it came out at the same time that a small budget, independent, gutsey Scottish film called "Rat Catcher" came out. Few people outside of Scotland know of this film, a real gem of story telling about 1970's Scotland during the trash collection strike and the Army being brought in as scab labor. What is it like to grow up in the tenements with a nearby canal where kids drown on a regular basis? Frank McCort made it out of hard times, and it is to his good credit. Rat Catcher is more devasting on this point, as the slums of Scotland do not always allow escape. I have to admit that I had to turn on the English captions to understand the Scottish way of speaking English. However, it was a delight in hear this unique accent. I honor the hardship of both Celtic cultures. My other disappointment in Angela's Ashes is the exclusion of traditional Irish folk music. Is it not fair to expect a few musicians in all the pubs Frank's father drank at in the movie? Pub music is as common as playing darts or drinking Guinness. There is also a wealth of talent to draw from.