The third installment in the autobiographical books of Frank McCourt. This one is geared totally toward his years of teaching... not too much about personal life or family, although there are snippets here and there. As usual, very entertaining and humorous. His take on life is very worth the read. I'd recommended reading his two previous books (Angela's Ashes and 'Tis) before this one.
This was an amazing tale of Frank McCourt's teaching career in the the NYC public high schools. He aptly describes the essence of good teaching...how you know if the kids are with you. And his kids ARE with him, leading to both hilarious and poignant tales both from the classroom and from his childhood. This book, from the author of Angela's Ashes, written at age 66 after retirement from teaching, is a wonderful story!
This third volume of Frank McCourt's memoirs covers his 30-year career as a teacher in the New York school system, and is the weakest of the trilogy. It lacks the lyric power of "Angela's Ashes" or the sense of adventure of "'Tis". "Teacher Man" describes a man sleepwalking through much of his adult life. It doesn't really catch fire until the last 50 pages.
Focused on the middle years of McCourt's life (Angela's Ashes is about his youth), Teacher Man covers his career in the New York public schools teaching english.