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've been on a Frank McCourt-marathon. I listened to Angela's Ashes, 'Tis and Teacher Man consecutively. There is something deeply satisfying about following McCourt from his childhood to the end of his teaching career. It gives one a rounded sense of the man - from a deprived child to an uncertain adult who nevertheless has life, beauty and creativity brimming inside him. Well worth the journey, and I'm so glad to have rounded it off with Teacher Man.
Songwriter, online investor. Retired.
Well done Frank. Yes, starting today. It's been awhile. Recommended to teachers everywhere.
Frank. 15 times.
No, looking forward to A' Ashes.
Lots a fun, very funny from start to finish. Will miss McCourt, sad to hear he passed.