Well spoken, even with the accent. Just didn't find the subject material to be that riveting.
I kind of felt like I spent my time with an accomplished person as he discussed the unremarkable things he did before he became accomplished.
Biomedical entrepreneur. Lifelong Libertarian. Yoga enthusiast.
McCourt finally retired to write one book, then another, and then another. Each as good as the previous; all wonderful. I pray there's a fourth coming, then a fifth, and so forth.
In every book, there is a little vacation'
This book certainly has its dry spots. However, what I like most about Frank McCourt is the way he tells his story, --no holds barred, with all its sadnesses-- and remains able to write it from the inside out -- his inside, that is. I love his memoirs - they teach a hundred lessons about problem-solving, getting along, never giving up -- and putting one foot in front of another when confidence is '0' and life looks bleak. ..And yet -- it's entertaining! Bravo - again Mr. McCourt.
McCourt shows how good of a storyteller he is with this great account of his teaching career. Many authors do not make good narrators, but McCourt is an exception, providing life and his Irish brouge to the story. Highly recommended for any teachers, or anyone who has ever heard stories from teachers about what they put up with in the classroom.
Many of the professional practices and personal behaviors described in this book will startle a new teacher or a non-teacher, but it was a different time and such things happened. The honesty is, all said and done, refreshingly authentic. Much of the material in this book is recycled from 'Tis, but the author only had one life to live, and he wasn't writing fiction. That it is read by the author, as were Angela's Ashes and 'Tis, earns this book a five-star rating. Mr. McCourt's voice is as smooth as a good Irish whisky. I will listen to this audiobook many times.
Not since Up the Down Staircase have I read a book that so accurately and eloquently describes the experience of teaching English. This probably means that nonEnglish teachers will not be as enthralled with the book as I am. Nonetheless it is a good listen for anyone, particularly with McCourt's reading it himself.
All the author does is, well... complain. This is one unhappy guy, with lots of regrets and hang-ups. I thought he'd give insight on how to teach, insight on life, insight on something. He's one negative guy, how did this guy become a famous teacher? Sounds like he never wanted to be a teacher in the first place, which is funny because he says to do what makes you happy.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
What a wonderful insight into the teaching profession. It felt like I was sitting next to him in a classroom or at a bar and I was simply enthralled as he talked about nothing and everything. This is the type of book that simply must be read out loud and no one could have done it better. An A+