Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
Being a high school teacher myself, I found this book to be funny and heartwarming. It hit close to home, and I found myself commiserating with McCourt in many circumstances. He dignifies the profession of teaching, and makes me proud to be a teacher.
As a school teacher, I found this book excellent. Even if I wasn't in the school business his style and self deprecating sense of humor makes an excellent book.
This past summer I heard the author speak at a teachers' convention...I had to get the book. It is his narration that I enjoyed so much. After spending the majority of my adult life in the English classroom, his students, situations, administration, and frustrations came to life in a memorable and humorous way...(and believe me, it isn't often humorous at the time)...thanks to the author for the laughs and the tears...
I still love Frank McCourt's reading, but he seems to have found a forum for complaining in this book...I don't feel any sense of direction, we move back and forward in time, but through it all he has a lot to gripe about. In Angela's Ashes especially there was no hint of this. I do appreciate that he sheds light on how demanding a profession teaching is. Having trouble getting through the book because often I don't want to listen to his negativity.
I love Frank McCourt, and I love that he reads his own work--it comes alive in a different way. I felt like Frank was just sitting me down and chatting the whole length of the book. I wish there were more teachable moments discussed. It felt like it was more about his struggle to become a teacher, a couple hilarious stories about his first year, and then his opinions about education today. What happened in those other 30 years of teaching, Frank?
I sincerely wish I could have met this man. The content of his book was warm, educational and humorous .
Shoova T. W.
Once again, Frank McCourt grants us a deep and enriching view of his experiences, perceptions and insight. On a personal level, I took away a vast collection of ideas and a new philosophy regarding how to fully partake and utilize my life.