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'Tis, a Memoir by Frank McCourt
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'Tis, a Memoir (1999)

by Frank McCourt

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Series: Frank McCourt’s memoirs (2)

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Memoir of time in USA — schooling — no high school, odd jobs + College Degree
"2 Eyes Like Pissholes in the Snow" — way he talked @ his red eye disease
Mad about feeling Irish-Catholic — Drink in America — weakness — curse of race
Death of both parents ("I'm an orphan")
Felt a cheated childhood at funeral

Frank lands in New York at age nineteen, in the company of a priest he meets on the boat. He gets a job at the
Biltmore Hotel, where he immediately encounters the vivid hierarchies of this “classless country,” and then is drafted into the army and is sent to Germany to train dogs and type reports. It is Frank’s incomparable voice—his uncanny humor and his astonishing ear for dialogue—that renders these experiences spellbinding.

When Frank returns to America in 1953, he works on the docks, always resisting what everyone tells him, that men and women who have dreamed and toiled for years to get to America should “stick to their own kind” once they arrive. Somehow, Frank knows that he should be getting an education, and though he left school at fourteen, he talks his way into New York University. There, he falls in love with the quintessential Yankee, long-legged and blonde, and tries to live his dream. But it is not until he starts to teach—and to write—that Frank finds his place in the world. The same vulnerable but invincible spirit that captured the hearts of readers in Angela’s Ashes comes of age.
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  christinejoseph | Jun 29, 2016 |
Frank McCourt burst on the literary scene with his memoir Angela’s Ashes, which outlined his childhood lived in abject poverty in Limerick Ireland. This book picks up where that one left off. He begins by recounting some of the overseas voyage, befriended by a priest who encourages him to talk to the “wealthy Protestants from Kentucky,” and who is dismayed when McCourt’s embarrassment over his teeth, his eyes, his clothing, keeps him from asserting himself. But although nothing is as he expected and he feels more ignorant each day, the 19-year-old Frank pursues his dreams of the American life. It’s slow going and the reader begins to wonder if he’ll ever get out of the slums and get his eyes and teeth fixed (though we obviously know he will, because he wrote these books, after all).

Despite the obvious roadblocks in his path, Frank’s ingrained desire to better himself is further inspired by watching the office workers on the bus, overhearing them talk about their children or grandchildren going to college. A stint in the Army makes him eligible for the GI bill, and he begins to take courses at NYU. 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. He doesn’t shy away from that which is painful, embarrassing, or downright depressing. I was anxious to see him succeed, but I was frustrated with his apparent inability to get on with it. In relating the story of the young Frank McCourt he comes across as painfully lacking in self-esteem – a born “loser.” His first book ended on such a high note of hope and opportunity; I was expecting more of the same, and this one didn’t quite deliver. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 2, 2016 |
The first of this author's books I read, just made me want more. One of my favorite authors. An extremely talented writer who obviously writes from the heart. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
This is the autobiography of Frank McCourt, from his arrival in America as a 19 year old, his envying of the life of the well born, educated young Americans that he sees as a cleaner and his eventual achieving an education and job as a teacher and becoming part of the middle class American dream, but not finding things very satisfying. He sounds like he must have been a great teacher.
I think this might have been more satisfactory as an audible book, read in his own voice. As it was, he was very honest, but I didn't particularly like the style of his writing. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
I preferred Angela's Ashes - I didn't really feel that this added anything particularly new or moving to his story. ( )
  sashinka | Jan 14, 2016 |
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Hermstein, RudolfTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jonkheer, ChristienTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lindholm, JuhaniTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ohlbaum, IsoldePhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is dedicated to My daughter, Maggie, for her warm, searching heart and to My wife Ellen, for joining her side to mine
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When the MS Irish Oak sailed from Cork in October, 1949, we expected to be in New York City in a week.
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Der Nachfolgeroman zu den Erinnerungen Frank McCourts an seine irisch-katholische Kindheit, Die Asche meiner Mutter, nimmt den Faden der Geschichte im Oktober 1949, bei seiner Ankunft in Amerika, wieder auf. Obwohl er in New York geboren wurde, war die Familie wegen schlechter Perspektiven in Amerika nach Irland zurückgekehrt. Wieder auf amerikanischem Boden, hat dieser 19-jährige mit seinem pickeligem Gesicht, entzündeten Augen und schlechten Zähnen wenig mit den kerngesunden, selbstbewußten College-Studenten gemeinsam, die er täglich in der U-Bahn sieht. Er träumt davon, es ihnen gleichzutun und zu studieren.



Seine anfänglichen Erfahrungen in Amerika sind genauso grauenhaft wie seine Jugend in völlig verarmten Verhältnissen in Irland; sie schließen zwei der trostlosesten Weihnachten mit ein, die je in der Literatur beschrieben worden sind. Charakteristisch schon für den vorhergehenden Roman, schaut McCourt mit scharfen Augen und schwarzem Humor auf die Vereinigten Staaten; Rassenvorurteile, alltägliche Grausamkeit und aussichtslose Jobs liegen schwer auf seinem Gemüt, während er nach einen Ausweg sucht. Ein Hoffnungsschimmer kommt von der Armee, wo er einige Fähigkeiten als Büroangestellter sammeln kann sowie von der New York University, die ihn trotz fehlendem Schulabschluß aufnimmt. Aber der Weg bis zu seiner Position als Lehrbeauftragter für Kreatives Schreiben an der Stuyvesant High School ist weder kurz noch einfach. Glücklicherweise ist McCourts Offenheit zur Bandbreite menschlicher Emotionen und Sehnsüchte außergewöhnlich; sogar die am meisten zerstörten, schwierigsten Menschen, die er trifft, sind Individuen mit innerer Größe, und der Leser kann sich nicht entziehen, mit ihnen eine beklemmende Seelen-Verwandtschaft zu empfinden. Die magische Prosa mit ihrer singenden irischen Sprachmelodie bringt selbst in die traurigsten Ereignisse Erhabenheit und Schönheit, einschließlich der letzten Szene, in der Angelas Asche auf einem Friedhof in Limerick verstreut wird.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0684865742, Paperback)

'Tis a blessing that the author narrates his own work. McCourt follows up his Audie Award-winning performance in Angela's Ashes with another brilliant reading as he chronicles his return to post-World War II New York. Like all good storytellers, McCourt has good stories to tell; 'Tis pulses with grim adversity and quiet triumphs--character-shaping moments that gain the listener's empathy. What makes McCourt a great storyteller is his ability to give these moments just the right amount of humor and perspective. His lyrical tones are wise but not weary; he's survived life's challenges to tell his tale. And while it may be trite to credit McCourt's verbal skills to his Irish heritage, these war stories were undoubtedly polished amongst friends in the pubs. 'Tis is Grammy material, and a perfect example of how an author's voice can enhance the written word. (Running time: 6 hours, 4 cassettes) --Rob McDonald

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Continues the sometimes harrowing tale of the author's youth as he immigrates from Ireland to the United States, joins the Army, goes to college, and begins building a life.

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