Tis : A Memoir (Paperback)

Author: McCourt, Frank

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Continues the sometimes harrowing tale of the authors youth as he immigrates from Ireland to the United States, joins the Army, goes to college, and begins building a life. *Author: McCourt, Frank *Subtitle: A Memoir *Publication Date: 2000/08/01 *Number of Pages: 367 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.75

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Publisher Simon & Schuster
Mfg Part# 9780684865744
SKU 30641501
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0684865742
Release Date 4/10/2007
Author Info
Frank McCourt
Frank McCourt was born in Brooklyn, New York to Irish immigrants. When he was six, his family returned to Ireland, and he spent the remainder of his childhood in Limerick. McCourt came back to New York at the age of 19, and aside from a stint in the U.S. Army, he has lived in one of the five boroughs ever since. McCourt held a wide variety of jobs as a young man, including longshoreman and a stint feeding the birds in the lobby of the Biltmore Hotel (he was demoted when the birds started dying). He worked his way through New York University and became a high school English teacher in the late 1950s. After several years at McKee Vocational High School in Staten Island, McCourt transferred to Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, where he specialized in teaching creative writing. He was much beloved by his students for his skill as a raconteur as well as his teaching. Since retiring in 1987, McCourt has performed in a revue of words and music, entitled "A Couple of Blackguards," which he wrote and starred in with his brother, the actor Malachy McCourt. In 1996, ANGELA'S ASHES, McCourt's memoir of his tough childhood in Limerick, became an international bestseller and garnered several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for autobiography. He followed that with two more enormously popular memoirs, ?TIS and TEACHER MAN, and earned countless more fans through speaking engagements, where he routinely regaled audiences with further tales of his impoverished youth in Ireland and New York. McCourt died from melanoma in 2009 at the age of 78.
Praise
"'TIS is a considerably angrier book than ANGELA'S ASHES....largely animated by the feelings of resentment and envy that the young McCourt experienced in trying to overcome his family's legacy of poverty and deprivation....[The] descriptions are enlivened by McCourt's resilient sense of humor, they do not possess the lyricism or searing intimacy that fueled his childhood reminiscences in ANGELA'S ASHES."
[T]his book has the same clairvoyant eye for quirks of class, character, and fate [as ANGELA'S ASHES], and also a distinct picaresque quality. It's a quest for an America of wholesome Hollywood happiness that doesn't exist, and it's about the real America--rendered with comic affection--that McCourt discovers along the way."
"McCourt seems less in control in this book and at times is powerless to keep himself from becoming the stage Irishman, crying in his beer, milking sentiment until it becomes false, mistaking talk for thought....If 'TIS sometimes becomes tedious when telling how McCourt became a stranger in a strange land, it is profound when dealing with his unappeasable past....'TIS has all those elements that made ANGELA'S ASHES such a success--the narrative brio, the fierce sympathy for human tic and torment, the intuitive feel for character and above all the love of language and that very Irish understanding that words are our only weapon in our long quarrel with God."
"This is a refreshing Frank McCourt--learned, ever so thoughtful. He is almost given to 'emotion recollected in tranquillity.' In writing of the dissolution of his first marriage and the deaths of his parents, he does not strive for Dickensian poignancy. Here's the fellow who can prove himself in ink and need not romanticize the writer or presume there was no place of honor for the teacher. 'TIS a success story, after all."
"'TIS is a more ambitious book than ANGELA'S ASHES and a more complicated one....McCourt's prose is still distinguished by his perfect pitch. His dialogue is second to none, precise, evocative....Powerful and haunting, this second book will cement his reputation as an accomplished and important writer."
From the Publisher
Annotation Frank McCourt continues the story of his impoverished life which he began in ANGELA'S ASHES, using his characteristic charm and self-deprecating humor to describe his military service in Europe and his return to New York, where he struggled to gain an education and eventually became a teacher. While most of the book sparkles with his Irish wit, the story darkens a bit when McCourt reveals that he eventually felt compelled to leave his wife and family, seemingly duplicating his own father's betrayal, which was the primary cause of the relentless poverty which haunts McCourt's memoirs. ?TIS was named a New York Times Notable Book in 1999.
Annotation 1 Frank McCourt continues the story of his impoverished life which he began in ANGELA'S ASHES, using his characteristic charm and self-deprecating humor to describe his military service in Europe and his return to New York, where he struggled to gain an education and eventually became a teacher. While most of the book sparkles with his Irish wit, the story darkens a bit when McCourt reveals that he eventually felt compelled to leave his wife and family, seemingly duplicating his own father's betrayal, which was the primary cause of the relentless poverty which haunts McCourt's memoirs. ?TIS was named a New York Times Notable Book in 1999.
First Line When the MS Irish Oak sailed from Cork in October 1949, we expected to be in New York City in a week. Instead, after two days at sea, we were told we were going to Montreal in Canada. I told the first officer all I had was forty dollars and would Irish Shipping pay my train fare from Montreal to New York. He said, No, the company wasn't responsible. He said freighters are the whores of the high seas, they'll do anything for anyone. You could say a freighter is like Murphy's oul' dog, he'll go part of the road with any wanderer.
Excerpt I'd sit on that deck chair and look into my head to see myself cycling around Limerick City and out into the country delivering telegrams. I'd see myself early in the morning riding along country roads with the mist rising in the fields and cows giving me the odd moo and dogs coming at me till I drove them away with rocks. I'd hear babies in farmhouses crying for their mothers and farmers whacking cows back to the fields after the milking. |And I'd start crying to myself on that deck chair with the gorgeous Atlantic all around me, New York ahead, city of my dreams where I'd have the golden tan, the dazzling white teeth. I'd wonder what in God's name was wrong with me that I should be missing Limerick already, city of gray miseries, the place where I dreamed of escape to New York. I'd hear my mother's warning, The devil you know is better than the devil you don't know.
Editors Note Frank McCourt was born in 1931 in Brooklyn, New York, to Irish immigrant parents; grew up in Limerick, Ireland, and returned to America in 1949. For thirty years he taught in various New York City high schools, including Stuyvesant, and in city colleges. He lives with his wife, Ellen, in New York City and Connecticut.
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