↠´ 'Tis: A Memoir À Download by ↠´ Frank McCourt Couple of points here McCourt s story is mesmerizing From what he came from to what he become is beyond inspiring and thought provoking however, I have some qualms with McCourt Knowing what he knows about the dangers and pitfalls of alcohol, why the hell does he touch the stuff It goes on to ruin several of his relationships and opportunities and yet he never comments on this He never touches on the point of alcoholism in families and how his father s drinking did or did not directly affect him Further, how the hell does his brothers open a bar once they both arrive in New York What about the devastation of drinking did these guys not get I regret that his order is off kilter and much of the time the reader has no idea McCourt s age or at least the year At one point he was 29 and graduating from college The next, he s ha First, let me say that I absolutely adored this book While not as dear to my heart as the first, I think this story is moving and the voice is, as always, unique That said, this story is a much familiar one than the last Irish immigrant trying to make a life for himself in a new world, and a war enraged America This story, though, is much tangible than other immigration stories and unique in that, throughout all the troubles, heartache, injustice, and anger, this is a story not burdened with self pity That s magic.
This is the continued story of Frank McCourt see Angela s Ashes and we pick up upon his arrival in America His eyes are still troublesome, a testament to the poverty that has followed him across the ocean The cold water flat he rents is both freezing and tiny, he finds He must stick close to other Catholics initially , and the land The Sequel To Frank McCourt S Memoir Of His Irish Catholic Boyhood, Angela S Ashes, Picks Up The Story In October , 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 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 US 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 GraveyardWendy Smith After reading Angela s Ashes I was glad to know author Frank McCourt had also written a sequel I felt after reading Ashes, I needed closure I wanted to know how Frank fared as a young adult when he arrived in New York as an Irish immigrant in 1949 and if the rest of the McCourt family followed in his footsteps Tis had all the answers I was seeking with such an amazing writing style of aching sadness and desperate humor 5 Stars Do I Detect an Irish Brogue I listened to this book as read by the Author I recommend that, as I read Angela s Ashes and enjoyed it a lot as well, but there is something special about the reading by the author that adds a diminsion to the work that you can t quite catch reading it.
Up front, many are uncomfortable with this work and Angela s Ashes because of the language, which is quite blue in places I don t find it the most endearing quality myself, but as a memoir it captures the language of the army, the loading dock, the teachers lounge and the bar Be warned up front, if you are not comfortable hearing swearing, then this is NOT the book for you.
That having been said, listening to McCourt read, I caught the poetic, lyrical, stream of consciousness attributes that I knew were present in Angela s Ashes, but hearing the All a bit sad.
What happens when your dreams come true and you re still not happy After the shocking story of Angelas s Ashes , any sequel was likely to suffer and unfortunately this one does too This is the often told tale of a young man arriving in the big city and the adventures that befall him.
Frank McCourt arrives in New York aged 19, joins the US army and eventually becomes a teacher It s everything he wanted or dreamed about as a child in Limerick But he s still not happy Like his father, he has problems with alcohol, and it causes him problems with jobs and relationships There is a lot of grown up introspection from Frank, no longer the ignorant kid from the lanes He sees a lot of racism in America, not just black and white, but anti Irish, whites against Puerto Ricans, Italians looking down on everyone and so on.
Of course there are still lots of I enjoyed this sequel to Angela s Ashes , because of Frank McCourt s ability to recollect dialogue, and his way of writing the words so well that you can just HEAR the Irish accent while you read It is so amazing and inspiring to see where Frank comes from, the slums of Ireland, with his essentially single mother to college, eventually graduate school, later a teacher in New York City It s a long road out of the slums out of his own head of fears, limitations, low self esteem to the place where he is able to make something of himself.
One thing about Frank as an author is that he tells the truth, even if it s ugly and shows his own flaws I struggled with him drinking too much repeatedly visiting the Irish pubs, especially after growing up
This is an amazing and a motivational book that has inspired me these past few months being a junior What makes this book inspirtational is how at every event in McCourt s life he finds the positive sides or tries to find something humorous within the event This has taught me that no matter what life throws me at I can achieve, nothing is a major deal I was really able to connect to McCourt in this book than the first, Angela s Ashes because this story took place in New York, and in my neighborhood McCourt mentions the area I live in and the Church I go to, having these images in my head made the story seem closer to home What really kept the story interesting for me is how descriptive McCourt is in his writing, mentioning specific neighborhoods, bars I seem to be somewhat in the minority here, but I enjoyed Tis than Angela s Ashes Perhaps because I was already so invested in Frank s life, so intrigued to see where he went next Or maybe because he had control over his life now he is an adult While he is still deeply affected by his circumstances, he is now in a position to attempt to change them, so it was a little less depressing to read I love his way with language, how he can describe something that is both horrifying and humorous I don t want to spoil anything, so I ll just say I loved finding out where he goes and how he got there Looking forward to reading the final volume soon