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.
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?
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.
This is a good book putting things in prospective of what a teacher goes through daily. As true then, as it is today. Frank, your lessons live on, and guides us in the right path of becoming a teacher. We hold our frosty pints up high. Here's to you... Teacher Man.
If this book specifically suited what my friend was looking for, I would. It is still well written. It's a repetition of his last books, though. There's not a lot of new brought to the table. I liked the anecdotes about his students, but he talked way too much about his thoughts--and in a manner that was kind of stale. He has interesting teaching ideas, though.
I am listening to Gone, Girl by Gillian someone or other. Teacher Man did inspire me to read Freedom Writers. I'm just waiting for a library transfer.
Yes I would! He has such a great and lively voice. Not distracting. Not dull.
I would want to know if he ever married again, and to whom or why not; why was his mother so mean when she came to America, tell me more about his relationship with his daughter and younger brothers, how did he decide to write and how was his process for his first two books. Not all that should have been in depth in THIS particular book--actually--I think the only one relevant for this book would be the inquiries on his writing.
It's decent. Not my favorite of his books. It's got some very very slow parts. I almost couldn't wait for the book to end, but the ending of the book is interesting and well written.
Yes. I've read his other two books and LOVED them. This one just didn't appeal to me at all.
Love his narration - the accent is great.
I think this would appeal more to teachers.
Most definitely!! Any of his books
If memory serves Tis was my favorite. His voice and diction fascinate me.