Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
I really like Frank McCourt in spite of everything. I have a soft spot in my heart for anyone who has been through the kinds of things he has endured, and then comes out on top. I didn't love everything about this book, but I am very glad I read it. Being a school teacher myself, I really identified with the struggles he had as a new teacher at a high school. I found myself laughing and crying. If you are inclined to read it, be sure to read Angela's Ashes first.
Biomedical entrepreneur. Lifelong Libertarian. Yoga enthusiast.
Fantastic, wonderful, simply the best. Great sequel to Angela's Ashes. Read this book if you know what's good for you. But first read Angela's Ashes.
If you give me a line from any of Frank McCourt's books, I can probably give you the next line. I have listened to his three memoirs so many times, I feel I know him better than the people in my own family.
He is an amazing story teller. He is amazingly generous in what he shares.
This book is the best. Don't hesitate!
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
I really enjoyed Angela's Ashes and wanted more of Frank McCourt's amazing life and family so I was excited to listen to the sequel. The narration is fantastic and there were a few touching and hilarious moments but I definitely like the first one better. You could do a lot worse than this book - if you want to know what happened to Frank then you'll have to download it and find out for yourself.
Say something about yourself!
Frank McCourt is a fabulous writer--and narrator. That accent is so wonderful. This book starts where Angela's Ashes ended. It is the story of Frank's coming to the US, Manhattan,at age 18. He is breathtakingly good. He made me cry and laugh out loud in the car by myself. He made me laugh a lot. I could listen to that accent read the New York phone book. But you do not have to hear that--he tells a good story of relationships and his always interesting and fresh reflections. Wow.
It was interesting to see how Frank transitioned from young adult into adulthood. McCourt is a great reader and fun to listen to.
Each chapter is almost like a short story.There were many different tales and settings.
I enjoyed the scenes from his classrooms. I'm anxious to read "Teacher Man."
The change in attitude about Angela throughout the story in relation to "Angela's Ashes" stirs up emotion.
In reading other comments about disappointment in this story over "Angela's Ashes," I would have to disagree. "'Tis" is not "Angela's Ashes," but there is no way it could be. Frank is grown up in "'Tis." The wonder and innocence of childhood is no longer present, so that is something that cannot be found in this book. Certainly, Frank's humor and naivety are present in this book, but they are no longer childlike. They have, however, grown with his personality and have shaped him into an adult. I still laughed and cried. This book is worth the read.
This book is the continuing story of Frank McCourt's life as told by the author. I found his narrative excellent and his delivery of an already humorous look at his life very entertaining. This book is not as hopeless as Angela's Ashes but it does show us how unfortunate others are.
I was a little dissapointed in this book. I picked it because I am a fan of true stories, but I don't think I would get it again if I could go back. I was constantly let down by Frank's bad choices, and by the end of the tale, I no longer cared how things would work out. The best thing about this book was the narration.
I loved Angela's Ashes. But Tis comes up short. McCourt's narrative wanders and goes around in circles. The author comes off as a bit whiny, envious, and slightly maladjusted. He desribes his courting of his wife and subsequent divorce, but there isn't very much information provided as to why the marriage disintegrated. One gets the feeling that the author was to blame.
Being a bookseller living outside of Chicago why would I buy audible books? Because I love to listen to them when I really want to relax!
Frank McCourt narrates 'Tis himself, having that beautiful Irish lilt in his voice that made his childhood more real, more touchable as I listened. I could almost smell the filth in the streets above the cooking of fish and whatever is available. I could hear Frank and his siblings playfully fighting in bed, freezing and hungry but having such fun. His mother had many hardships since her husband generally didn't bring home a paycheck and eventually took off. Frank, being the oldest, worked like crazy doing anything at all for money, and became smarter about it. Mostly flat broke, it's less of a moral decision when there's a coin to be made, and he learns the best ways to make more from some. His family needs the money, but Frank is saving to go to America. Often teased about his "dream," the most unlikely people help him to realize his dream, and his family to literally stay alive. I didn't want it to end!