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'Tis, a Memoir by Frank McCourt

'Tis, a Memoir (1999)

by Frank McCourt

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Series: Frank McCourt’s memoirs (2)

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I find Frank McCourt a very inspiring human being.

Whilst by this point in his life he has very much lifted himself out of the squalor and into a series of professions, you still get the sense of a man trying battle for recognition in what is to him a strange land.

He paints a warts and all picture of himself, but he does gloss over his mistakes, and in my opinion embellish a lot of his stories.

I;m not planning to read Teacher Man and will end my journey with Mr McCourt here, but I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Angela's Ashes. ( )
  johnny_merc | Jun 3, 2014 |
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  guylian1609 | Apr 4, 2014 |
See review of Angela's Ashes: Much of it applies to this second over-laden dirge of McCourt's alleged life. As with the first tome one word for those who were variously enthralled, stunned etc. by the content... GULLIBLE! ( )
  tommi180744 | Sep 21, 2013 |
McCourt's memoir [pt 2] of his life in returning to america at nineteen; journeying to life, both in a new country and in manhood.

The book kept a good pace with all the material covered. I did find some confusion in the ordering of the story when references would be made to work scenarios or activities I thought McCourt had already terminated. Tightly spaced pages of small print didn't add to the ease or enjoyment of this read which did seem lengthy after some solid uninterrupted reading time. McCourt's excellent descriptive use of english definitely a plus, but roughness of dialogue, though a norm in the life and relationships he lived, was not easy to read.

What I did appreciate were the references to the positive attitude and commentary McCourt would report of his mam at home in Limerick with nothing but hard work without a convenience in the world, contrasted with whining and complaining americans who couldn't see their complaints were unfounded and unjustifiable..

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  FHC | Jun 13, 2013 |
Yeah, not as moving as [book:Angela's Ashes] but seamless transition/continuation to it as if they were written as one long book (I wonder if the publisher separated them for marketing purposes?). Much more teachery towards the end -- setting up for [book:Teacher Man]? Time passes faster in this one; I would've been interested in having the war section extended/drawn out a bit more. I liked listening to the book for the "brogue" (sp?), especially because it is frequently an issue in the story. ( )
  LDVoorberg | Apr 7, 2013 |
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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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'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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