Editorial Reviews. nvrehs.info Review. 'Tis a blessing that the author narrates his own work. McCourt follows up his Audie Award-winning performance in. 'Tis: A Memoir. Home · 'Tis: A Memoir Author: Frank McCourt This is a free ebook from: TEASEPUBLISHING LLC Check out all your new favorite authors at: . 'Tis by Frank McCourt, , Scribner edition, in English. Cover of: Top Most Requested Print Disabled eBooks for California Top
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Tis by Frank McCourt - Frank McCourt's glorious childhood memoir, Angela's Ashes, has been loved and celebrated by readers everywhere for its spirit, its wit . Frank McCourt (–) was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Irish immigrant 'Tis. Angela's Ashes (Series). Book 2. Frank McCourt Author Kati Nicholl Other. Frank McCourt's glorious childhood memoir, Angela's Ashes, has been loved and celebrated by readers everywhere for its spirit, its wit and its.
At one point he was 29 and graduating from college. The next, he's having a kid at McCourt constantly harps on random people in his life complaining about mundane things.
Then, a girl breaks up with him and he's about to commit suicide. Or he complains about high school kids being obnoxious and unruly. And who the hell has sex with a prostitute after entering the incinerator rooms of Dachau? McCourt's pretty screwed up, or so it shows in his memoirs. Jan 26, Victor Carson rated it liked it Shelves: I did not like this book as well as McCourt's earlier memoir, Angela's Ashes, which related the family's struggles in Ireland in the 's and 's.
Frank McCourt himself read the audio-book edition of 'Tis. This book, however, needed editing to move the story along more smoothly. Certain parts are moving, thoughtful, or funny but some are re I did not like this book as well as McCourt's earlier memoir, Angela's Ashes, which related the family's struggles in Ireland in the 's and 's.
Certain parts are moving, thoughtful, or funny but some are repetitive, self-indulgent, or boring. I grew weary of reading all that Frank was thinking but never saying to people or reading again and again about his drinking - which he knows is destroying his marriage. I admire Frank's rise from abject poverty in Ireland to his college degree from NYU, his teaching career at Stuyvesant High School in Brooklyn, his home in Brooklyn, and his publishing of several well-regarded books, but this book could have been better.
Literati, Lit students, fiction readers. This book would get five stars, except that it isn't -quite- as great as Angela's Ashes , which makes it seem a bit disappointing. In comparison to that book, it is also somewhat less inspiring, in the sense that AA tells a story of perseverance over hardship as Frank survives all by carrying his dream of going to America through times of crushing poverty.
In fact he still spends a lot of time feeling afraid and too insec This book would get five stars, except that it isn't -quite- as great as Angela's Ashes , which makes it seem a bit disappointing.
In fact he still spends a lot of time feeling afraid and too insecure to live the life he really desires. Although that makes this less of a feel-good experience, it also makes it a more subtle comment on Life, and required a degree of self-honesty from McCourt that most authors never attain. His prose remains liltingly poetic, and it is a joy to read, even when the subject matter is depressing or disappointing.
Mccourt was my English teacher for the school year in High school, which is why I still think of him as "Mr. McCourt," rather than "Frank," in spite of his informal writing style. He did not include me as a character in this book although he mentioned some of my classmates , which disappointed me at the time, but actually may be a good thing in retrospect.
Having one's awkward adolescence immortalized in such incisive prose might be a bit overwhelming. I'm just glad that Mr. McCourt did it for the rest of us. The narration of Frank McCourt's life continues in this volume, in which he faces the adversities of life in America.
It is quite easy to understand till the beginning that this version of Frank McCourt is an older, more mature one, that, during the narration, becomes more and more aware of the hypocrisies and incoherences of the society, in a country where theoretically everyone should have the opportunity to make his own fortune but where practically it's harder than ever to make it happen. Fran The narration of Frank McCourt's life continues in this volume, in which he faces the adversities of life in America.
Frank is fully conscious of his "inferiority" and often rant about it and about his jealousy towards the university students. I really liked this part of the book, because I could totally feel what F.
McCourt was saying: And I appreciated the importance he gave to teaching, too, however, in particular in the last part of the book, I started to disagree more and more with his tendency passivity, his inability to impose his opinions and himself over others, a behavior that made me remember of his father.
The last part of the book, then, was utterly sad. While in Angela's Ashes there was hope, in this one there was just sadness, that type that comes from disillusionment and old age, partially. Anyhow, his writing style is still the same, even more acute I may say in stressing the inconsistencies of life. Feb 06, Floripiquita rated it did not like it. Lo antirecomiendo. Jan 09, Kressel Housman rated it it was amazing Shelves: Above all, his message is that of an encouraging teacher.
What a privilege it must have been to be in his class! Clearly, he lived and breathed literature, but he is saying more than that. Everyone has a story to tell. If you loved Angela's Ashes , read the next two books. Frank McCourt is awesome no matter what he writes.
Mar 01, Bookguide rated it liked it Recommends it for: Frank McCourt's first book, Angela's Ashes , was incredible in its descriptions of an unbelievable poverty experienced within living memory in a Western European country. The impact of the continuation of McCourt's life story could hardly fail to pale in comparison. I felt that his descriptions of his miserable life at a succession of pitiful jobs and in the army dragged on too long.
I was irritated by the continual harping on about how fortunate the Americans were, with their electricity, hot an Frank McCourt's first book, Angela's Ashes , was incredible in its descriptions of an unbelievable poverty experienced within living memory in a Western European country.
I was irritated by the continual harping on about how fortunate the Americans were, with their electricity, hot and cold running water and cooked food, about how beautiful they all were. It didn't matter what happened to McCourt, good or bad, he was always moaning about how unlucky he was to be Irish, have bad eyes and teeth. None of these things seemed to hold back his brothers, it was just Frank and his dismal view on life and his inability to stay away from the drink.
When his mother arrives on the scene, it is clear where he got his aptitude for seeing the darker side of life; they were a pair made in heaven, well-matched in their ability to be ungracious and ungrateful.
Perhaps the reason this grated with me so much was because I have recently read The Adventures of Augie March describing life in a poor Jewish family in Chicago, with an overlapping timeframe, and they were living in similar poverty and squalor; this was by no means the exclusive fate of Irish immigrants and McCourt suggests is was. It wasn't until the second half of the book that it really came to life for me. McCourt's descriptions of his teaching at the vocational college on Staten Island and later at community college and an upper-class high school in Brooklyn were fascinating, sometimes hilarious and probably ring true for all teachers of teenagers.
The way Frank won students over to his side, or at least got them discussing books, even if they weren't the books on the syllabus, was wonderful. His reverse psychology which resulted in an entire class enthusiastically acting out five of Shakespeare's plays was amusing and inspiring.
The fact that he could become a teacher at all, having never gone to high school in Ireland himself, is both proof of 'the American dream' and a sad indictment on the American education system of the time, especially considering McCourt's extreme poverty when starting out as a teacher, unable to pay his way in life and certainly unable to save.
On the whole, I enjoyed this book, although I never warmed to the author himself. Perhaps if I heard these stories told by the man himself as a self-deprecating comic over a pint of beer, I would appreciate it more.
It was also a shame that he didn't paint longer portraits of some of his friends, many of whom seem to have been real characters, such as Horace at the docks and his neighbour Virgil Frank. In fact, the whole book seems to be rather self-centred, and this is what lowers my rating. Entertaining, but not memorable enough. View all 3 comments. Mar 10, Melissa rated it liked it. I must admit that my first reaction to this book was to be offended He was frustrated, disenchanted, tired, confused.
I continued reading - I wanted to see how this guy redeemed himself I must admit that my first reaction to this book was to be offended I continued reading - I wanted to see how this guy redeemed himself. Frank, like so many of us, tries on many different "suits" until he finds the one that fits - education. He steadily works his way through college and aspires to teach literature to high schoolers.
I was hoping to read accounts of students who came back professing what a difference he had made in their lives. Maybe he was too humble to include this in the book, or maybe he was too overwhelmed and disappointed being a teacher to have made a difference at all?
In my opinion The constant theme: Individuals are always fluctuating between feeling "better than" and "not good enough". And, sometimes life is nothing but hard work. The most endearing part of the book: Frank's vantage point of his adult students when he teaches community college, and those same students gratitude towards him Would have gladly read more about: Mistakes are a foundation for learning - Frank does plenty of "book learning" but little "real learning" Jul 31, Book Concierge rated it liked it Shelves: This book picks up where that one left off.
But although nothing is as he expected and he feels more ignorant each day, the year-old Frank pursues his dreams of the American life.
And the love of a classic American blonde beauty makes his dream of a clean job, a clean wife, a clean house and clean children seem finally within his grasp. McCourt has a way with language. His direct, present-tense style has immediacy to it that just keeps me reading. I was anxious to see him succeed, but I was frustrated with his apparent inability to get on with it. View 1 comment. Feb 09, Barbara Mitchell rated it liked it.
First lesson, New York City and its people don't much resemble his expectations. He's still poor as a churchmouse of course but he finds a job sweeping the floor and emptying ashtrays in the lobby of the Biltmore, then moves on to a warehous Quite some time ago I reviewed McCourt's first autobiography, Angela's Ashes. He's still poor as a churchmouse of course but he finds a job sweeping the floor and emptying ashtrays in the lobby of the Biltmore, then moves on to a warehouse job on the docks.
He rents a place at a rooming house with a strange landlady and her handicapped son. Eventually he talks his way into NYU despite his lack of a high school diploma.
Many of my friends will be happy to learn he got in because of his reading habit. He had read classic literature that most American youth would disdain. At length he becomes a teacher, a teacher with a girlfriend no less. You may remember he had three surviving younger brothers; they all came to this country.
His mother finally came here as well and made a career of carping about everything American. The book ends as the McCourt sons and their children take Angela's ashes back to Limerick. I raved about the first book. I laughed my head off reading parts of it and other parts tore my heart out.
Young Frankie's poverty-stricken childhood was terrible. However, I was disappointed in this book. It's written in the same stream-of-consciousness style and he has the same sense of humor, and parts of it made me laugh out loud.
The adult Frank McCourt, though, isn't such a sympathetic character. There were times when I wanted to take him by the shoulders and shake some sense into him.
I wanted to say, "Stop feeling sorry for yourself and for heaven's sake stay out of Irish bars! May 01, Melinda rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I guess we all know that Frank McCourt's life turned out pretty well, being a published prizewinning author and all that.
But if we didn't know how his story ends, we would be left with the fact that he was a pretty sorry soul who was forever not saying what he wanted to say and forever following in his father's drunken footsteps. He haplessly falls into situation after situation that are entirely joyless, and looses women and opportunities to the bottle.
Angela's Ashes was lovely storytelling a I guess we all know that Frank McCourt's life turned out pretty well, being a published prizewinning author and all that. Angela's Ashes was lovely storytelling artfully accomplished through the eyes of a boy.
But 'Tis had nothing that special going for it. A memorable read, an Irishman in New York. This is a sequel to Angela's Ashes. We are introduced to Irish culture in another land, the heartaches of work, the odd jobs to make ends meets, the bedsits, the education, marriage, and finally death. At times it is hilariously funny, at times poignant. We are introduced to books, authors, to the teaching profession and the p A memorable read, an Irishman in New York.
We are introduced to books, authors, to the teaching profession and the pupils who are fed up with studying stuff they don't understand. You have to read to appreciate the sense of humour and life. Pales in comparison to its prequel Angela's Ashes , which is heart-wrenching and brilliant. Ciao Frank! Ma tu eri diverso, tu ti eri emozionato a leggere Shakespeare quando avevi il tifo, anche se non capivi quello che ti voleva dire, tu andavi a lavorare per riscattare una madre straziata da un marito, tuo padre, che pure non riuscivi a rifiutare, che lasciava i figli senza una briciola di pane pur di bere.
Tu volevi studiare, volevi l'istruzione. L'istruzione, quella stessa istruzione che oggi i ragazzini si scocciano di raggiungere, ragazzini che a casa hanno tutto, e che pure non hanno voglia di istruirsi, di studiare, di spaccarsi il culo come hai fatto tu. Tu la volevi, anche a costo di pagarla cara.
E sei arrivato ad insegnare, partendo dall'istituto tecnico per arrivare al liceo. A scuola, fuori dalla scuola. Ma non ti sei mai fermato. Pur di insegnare, che era il tuo obiettivo. Che quelli come me, con i denti bianchi, il pasto pronto e le copertine belle dei libri, li invidiavi.
Grazie, Frank. Jan 21, Helen rated it really liked it. He said they weren't true. So here I am, missing that brogue, as our friend has died. I dove into the audio versions. They did not disappoint. Frank McCourt's prose is true poetry. Whether or not he played with the facts is another matter. As with most Irish story-tellers, McCourt's memories were probably embellished for effect as they were retold.
I'll forgive him that, knowing that his overall Many years ago, I was warned by our Irish parish priest not to bother reading Frank McCourt's books.
I'll forgive him that, knowing that his overall perception of his experience was accurate. One thing the McCourt brothers had going for them was charm. Frank also had a profound insatiable love of literature and a fascination for people, no matter their walks in life. How did he manage to escape the slums of Limerick to the slums of New York and then on to university without ever going to high school? So take the facts with a grain of salt. Choose the audio version and enjoy his voice.
Angela's Ashes was wonderful, lots of history mixed in with the memoir, and so emotionally engaging. This one was a lot more memoir and not so much history, and far too much detail about his sex life and frequent masturbation though he does, amusingly, refer to the latter as "interfering with himself".
The beautiful Irish voice still comes through, so it's pleasant to read even when the subject matter becomes pedestrian, and there are a few brilliant moments: When these essays turn out to have been written by the kids' parents, uncles, cousins, etc. This is the follow up to his book Angela's Ashes. I think the previous book leaves the reader with him getting on a boat to America.
And he's still on that boat when the second book starts. It is more about how he made his way in America.
What are some of the things that turned him around - like a bartender telling him he ought to find his way to the library instead of spending so much time in his bar. And he took him up on it. I think he worked on the docks. Went into the Army not by choice. And he went to school.
And he got married.
And he helped at least one brother to come over, maybe more. But he got educated and became a teacher. The first book was about his boyhood and his mother doing whatever she had to do to get by. This one is about his real coming of age and learning that there are other things that can be done.
Nov 23, Lydia rated it it was amazing. Mr McCourt is an amazing writer. As was the case with Angela's Ashes, I constantly had to remind myself this was not fiction. Otherwise I would have laughed out loud at what was in fact misery.
Actually, I would remind myself that this was not fiction, then ask myself,"but how the hell does a single person in a single lifetime collect so many lunatics?
I love this book. In my mind, Tis and Angela's Ashes are one book so I will skip the comparisons. This book surpris Mr McCourt is an amazing writer. This book surprises. After the misery of Limerick, I had the romantic notion that Frank would roll his sleeves up, polish off his brains, work hard, walk the thin and narrow, and attain the American dream.
Instead, he went and struggled with the drink, ghosts of a slum upbringing and all that. How un-romantically human! And isn't that why we fell for McCourt in the first place? There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Frank McCourt. McCourt was born in Brooklyn; however, his family returned to their native Ireland in He is also the author of 'Tis , which continues the narrative of his life, picking up from the end of the previous book and focusing on life as a new immigrant in America.
Teacher Man , detailed the challenges of being a young, uncertain teacher who must impart knowledge to his students. His works are often part of the syllabus in high schools. In he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Western Ontario. He died Sunday, July 19, of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Peter Collier Los Angeles Times Book Review 'Tis has those elements that made Angela's Ashes such a success -- the narrative brio, the fierce sympathy for human tic and torment, the intuitive feel for character and, above all, the love of language and that very Irish understanding that words are our only weapon in our long quarrel with God.
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