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.
One of the greatest writers of our time. A must read. He is asble to pull out emotions like no other.
A wonderful book. Filled with touching and amusing experiences of a magnificent teacher/author and his students.
Loved this memoir! His writing is effortless and the stories about his years teaching high school in NYC are funny and heartwarming. It also reminds teachers not to give up.
Great story teller and very in-sightful
I was really disappointed in this book. It's nothing like Tis'.
I had read the other books by Frank McCourt but didn't think this one would interest me, I was wrong! Another great read that I am glad I didn't miss. If you liked Angela's Ashes and 'Tis, you will want to read the rest of the story. An interesting read about an interesting life.
lighthearted, light reading, highly recommended
So enjoyable! McCourt showed his impact on the students without bragging. What a diverse life he had. He made me want to be a teacher!
I enjoyed this memoir of a teacher. Since it is his story of teaching high school, there is some bad language which would be expected.
Frank McCourt writes in such a compelling way that it's difficult to put this book down. Anyone who has taught will recognize characters and situations from their classroom in this book.
Light-hearted, not too informative, but enjoyable. A quick read.
The 3rd installment of the crazy life of Frank McCourt.
This book is a great read for anyone who has taught any grade level. In bold and spirited prose featuring his irreverent wit and heart-breaking honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs and surprises of teaching in public high schools.
A great self-portrait of a high school teacher. Gives you a glimpse of a classroom from the eyes of a teacher. Humorous and honest.
Fabulous book! As a writer, I found this an encouragement as well. I don't know how you CAN'T enjoy it...
Good entertaining read. I loved his sense of humor.
"...It's a book that every reader can relate to."
The San Diego Union-Tribune "A begiuling, moving story...McCourt describes the teacher we all wish we'd had." The Washington Post