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You are right.

Unfortunately, while "Angela's Ashes" was intended to be a story about about facing one's past (and acknowledging the gifts that had been bestowed), the success of the novel (and the money he made as a consequence)made him forget all about the original reason for the journey.

Again unfortunately, this is not at all a unique tale. Far too many people who have the good fortune of "being in the right place at the right time" somehow or other loss sight of the immense role that plain old luck played in their success! Somehow or other, they all feel that whatever success they are granted is all as a result of "divine intervention" (although in Mr. McCourt's case, somewhat belated!) that came about because of their superior intellect, etc.

Too much of anything (including one's own ego!)can be a terrible disease!!

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