Frank McCourt taught English at my high school in NYC while I was a student there - kind, kind soul. So I'm biased - this is great reading. (People keep gifting me copies of his books, knowing the conenction, so I have this one to pass along.)
After Angela Ashes I was really excited to continue with his memiors. However, I was disappointed with this one. It seemed to go on and on and he took a bunch of stories of his life and threw them together to create a book.
Frank McCourt has a charming way of describin American culture from his Irish immigrant view point. In spite of his tragic and poverty stricken childhood; he never capitulates to self-pity and can see the humour in most every situation. It is a delightful read.
Husband and I both delighted in this book. A new Teacher struggles against teens and wins - it's heroic to say the least. We know that schools in a tough part of town can yield tough situations for a new teacher, as the kids try you to the last inch. But, this teacher won in a very different way than most --------in my book he is a Hero!
I absolutely love this author, I have collected all his works in hardback. Truly a person who worked hard and was able to achieve the American dream. Books can be a little gritty for those who are used to mainstream, happy books but they will move you. I am a jaded reader and it takes alot to touch me and I have loved everyone of his books
I highly suggest reading angela's ashes first.I found that book to be very heart wrenching and sad but a good read.I wanted to read this book to follow up on what happened to the whole McCourt family and how they turned out.Found it somewhat difficult to read for me,I kept wandering off when reading the classroom parts.But found it gratifying to follow the McCourts into present day.
This is the continuing memoir of Frank McCourt which began with Angela's Ashes. If you have not read it, you do not need to in order to read 'Tis, but I highly recommend it because it is a wonderful book. 'Tis tells of Frank McCourt's young adult life as he has left his family in Ireland and gone to make his own beginning in New York. You get to see his continuing poverty, struggle through school and becoming a teacher, and of course dealing with the colorful people who come in and out of his life. The writing style is very enjoyable and makes you feel as if you are there with Frank in some of his experiences. Highly recommended.
Well, if you liked Angela's Ashes I believe you will enjoy 'Tis. It is a follow up to Angela's Ashes about Frank's life and the different strugles he went through being in America. I really enjoyed this book but Angela's Ashes is still my fav thus far.
For anyone out there that "doesn't like memoirs", I dare you to listen to Frank McCourt reading his own work and not be enchanted. Frank's life is not only interesting and entertaining, it makes you feel. You cannot hear him and not be sucked back in time there with him. He is the single most talented memoirist I've ever read. And hearing him read his own work is nothing short of an experience. His voice lulls you back in time, and you feel every single word he speaks. I remember reading 'Tis and being disappointed, it wasn't "as good as" Angela's Ashes, but hearing it and the story it encompasses - as well as having read Teacher Man... I now see it was actually the perfect book to come next. It brought you from his childhood in Limerick to the point of "growing up". I'm sure I'm overthinking it, but really, it is a beautiful book. If only to hear him tell his story, the audio book was a great purchase for me...
I'm not sure where I'll take my McCourt addiction after listening to Teacher Man - probably to his brother's book and then to their DVD ;)
A terrific follow up to Angela's Ashes, and easy to follow even if you haven't read the first novel. Frank McCourt's reading of this book, with his Irish accent, adds something to the narrative. I've listened to this book twice!
To be honest, it's been a few years since I read this book, and don't remember alot of specifics about it. However, Frank McCourt is excellent, and I remember liking this book very much. It was one of those books you could really sink your teeth into.
I liked this book. It carried on his story after Angela's Ashes. Not quite as good as Angela's Ashes but good nevertheless. It is amazing how a person can come from such a hard childhood and pull himself up by the bootstraps. Hooray for him.
Ironically, I finished the day after Frank McCourt left us. RIP Mr. McCourt. I can't imagine not hearing this tale from anyone other than the author. No one else could deliver his cadence and humor nearly as well. This is a warm, funny, sad, triumphant tale of McCourt's life when he comes to New York as an adult.
I had never read any of Frank McCourt's books until I ended up with an unabridged audio book "Tis". I was heading out on a long trip and took it with me and enjoyed it immensely. The author has recorded it himself and his Irish brogue is just perfect for the reading of the book. I was riveted by his story and can't recommend it highly enough. He is a gifted story teller
Not as good as "Angela's Ashes" but still a compelling read. The story seems whiny at times, self-serving at others, yet it's a memoir and McCourt certainly has the right to tell the story his way. Toward the end the author spends some time recounting his experiences in the classroom and those accounts, to me, were fascinating--enough so to make me impatient to read his most recent memoir, "Teacher Man."
Both hilarious and painful, the true story of a man who returned to his place of birth with a strong accent, bad teeth, eye disease, and no education past the age of 14. He had rather go to war than continue his job at a swank hotel (where he had to make up a phone number message from the garbage) and that lead to the GI Bill. This is a wonderful story of making it in America.
A story so immediate that you want to thank God young Frankie
McCourt survived it, in part so he could write this book....
Tis is the story of Frank;s amazing journey from impoverished
imigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur...
I was delighted with this book because I,too, was a teacher and had many of the same problems and many of the same kinds of students. I just wish I had been as creative as Frank McCourt. For teachers there are many joys, many laughs, and many poignant moments or should be. Frank McCourt describes these moments so well. I can not repost the book because I sent it right off to an old colleague who will enjoy it as much as I did.
I have just realized that I rated the wrong book. The comment above refers to Teacher Man. I also requested Tis but have not read it yet. I know it will be good because Angela's Ashes and Teacher Man appealed to me. How can Frank McCourt go wrong! Sorry about the mixup.
I tend to like whatever Frank McCourt writes. This memoir picks up when young Frank comes to New York, eventually goes off to war, and then finds his way through working on the docks to New York University, to falling in love and finally to the the one job he knows will be what the world holds for him. That one will be teaching. Later on he will add writing to that dream. Frank McCourt writes with a clarity, candidness and humor that I've seldom found in other memoirs of this type. He's a favorite of mine.
If you loved Angela's Ashes, you can't help but love this book - the continuation of the story of growing up poor and Irish, and the struggle to find one's place in life. Written with such innocent humor and honesty, you seem to feel all of his struggles. I highly recommend this book.
This audio CD was interesting. It weaves a tale of intrigue and lessons learned by a young immigrant. The storyteller's cadence in the writing, and on the audio is staccato and blunt. It's not hard to listen to, but has a much different rhythm than most books. I saw America at mid-twentieth century through the eyes of someone learning and yearning to know new things, new ways, and new people. The fresh-faced youth at the beginning of the book is not the same rather hardened cynical man toward the end. Life will do that to you. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.
The sequel to Frank McCourt's memoir of his Irish Catholic boyhood, Angela's Ashes, picks up the story in October 1949, upon his arrival in America. Though he was born in New York, the family had returned to Ireland due to poor prospects in the United States. Now back on American soil, this awkward 19-year-old, with his "pimply face, sore eyes, and bad teeth," has little in common with the healthy, self-assured college students he sees on the subway and dreams of joining in the classroom. Initially, his American experience is as harrowing as his impoverished youth in Ireland, including two of the grimmest Christmases ever described in literature. McCourt views the U.S. through the same sharp eye and with the same dark humor that distinguished his first memoir: race prejudice, casual cruelty, and dead-end jobs weigh on his spirits as he searches for a way out. A glimpse of hope comes from the army, where he acquires some white-collar skills, and from New York University, which admits him without a high school diploma. But the journey toward his position teaching creative writing at Stuyvesant High School is neither quick nor easy. Fortunately, McCourt's openness to every variety of human emotion and longing remains exceptional; even the most damaged, difficult people he encounters are richly rendered individuals with whom the reader can't help but feel uncomfortable kinship. The magical prose, with its singing Irish cadences, brings grandeur and beauty to the most sorrowful events, including the final scene, set in a Limerick graveyard.