Sadder in some ways than Angela s Ashes Whereas Angela s Ashes was a story of Frank McCourt fighting the odds and dangers of growing up in a Limerick slum and trying to escape, this book is about Frank McCourt fighting with himself and occasionally American society This book reveals his darker side, including his own battles with the drink though these are never as bad as his father s alcohol problems , his insecurities and the chip on his shoulder about growing up in a slum Frank had a tough life even in America, and while the book is occasionally humorous, it is sad to see the way drinking contributes to a lot of his problems and the growing gulf between him and his mother McCourt s sparse writing style, while refreshing, only makes these problems seem worse In Angela s Ashes, McCourt left Ireland in triumph, as a victim turned hero, while in Tis he is half victim, half villain. The Sequel To Frank McCourt S Memoir Of His Irish Catholic Boyhood, Angela S Ashes, Picks Up The Story In October , Upon His Arrival In America Though He Was Born In New York, The Family Had Returned To Ireland Due To Poor Prospects In The United States Now Back On American Soil, This Awkward Year Old, With His Pimply Face, Sore Eyes, And Bad Teeth, Has Little In Common With The Healthy, Self Assured College Students He Sees On The Subway And Dreams Of Joining In The Classroom Initially, His American Experience Is As Harrowing As His Impoverished Youth In Ireland, Including Two Of The Grimmest Christmases Ever Described In Literature McCourt Views The US Through The Same Sharp Eye And With The Same Dark Humor That Distinguished His First Memoir Race Prejudice, Casual Cruelty, And Dead End Jobs Weigh On His Spirits As He Searches For A Way Out A Glimpse Of Hope Comes From The Army, Where He Acquires Some White Collar Skills, And From New York University, Which Admits Him Without A High School Diploma But The Journey Toward His Position Teaching Creative Writing At Stuyvesant High School Is Neither Quick Nor Easy Fortunately, McCourt S Openness To Every Variety Of Human Emotion And Longing Remains Exceptional Even The Most Damaged, Difficult People He Encounters Are Richly Rendered Individuals With Whom The Reader Can T Help But Feel Uncomfortable Kinship The Magical Prose, With Its Singing Irish Cadences, Brings Grandeur And Beauty To The Most Sorrowful Events, Including The Final Scene, Set In A Limerick GraveyardWendy Smith After reading Angela s Ashes I was glad to know author Frank McCourt had also written a sequel I felt after reading Ashes, I needed closure I wanted to know how Frank fared as a young adult when he arrived in New York as an Irish immigrant in 1949 and if the rest of the McCourt family followed in his footsteps Tis had all the answers I was seeking with such an amazing writing style of aching sadness and desperate humor 5 Stars ,.A must read. . First, let me say that I absolutely adored this book While not as dear to my heart as the first, I think this story is moving and the voice is, as always, unique That said, this story is a much familiar one than the last Irish immigrant trying to make a life for himself in a new world, and a war enraged America This story, though, is much tangible than other immigration stories and unique in that, throughout all the troubles, heartache, injustice, and anger, this is a story not burdened with self pity That s magic.This is the continued story of Frank McCourt see Angela s Ashes and we pick up upon his arrival in America His eyes are still troublesome, a testament to the poverty that has followed him across the ocean The cold water flat he rents is both freezing and tiny, he finds He must stick close to other Catholics initially , and the land of opportunity, it seems, offers little opportunity to the likes of him Where the first book seemed startling and heartbreaking in its sudden contrast to American life, this book invokes the same feelings but with an added twinge of guilt for the fact these were our ancestors mistreating and being mistreated These lives were real not a distant story, but a tangible one McCourt s voice too is nothing short of poetry throughout We said a Hail Mary and it wasn t enough We had drifted from the church but we knew that for her and for us in that ancient abbey there would have been comfort in dignity in the prayers of a priest, proper requiem for a mother of seven We had lunch at a pub along the road to Ballinacura and you d never know from the way we ate and drank and laughed that we d scattered our mother who was once a grand dancer at the Wembley Hall and known to one and all for the way she sang a good song, oh, if she could only catch her breath. All a bit sad.What happens when your dreams come true and you re still not happy After the shocking story of Angelas s Ashes , any sequel was likely to suffer and unfortunately this one does too This is the often told tale of a young man arriving in the big city and the adventures that befall him.Frank McCourt arrives in New York aged 19, joins the US army and eventually becomes a teacher It s everything he wanted or dreamed about as a child in Limerick But he s still not happy Like his father, he has problems with alcohol, and it causes him problems with jobs and relationships There is a lot of grown up introspection from Frank, no longer the ignorant kid from the lanes He sees a lot of racism in America, not just black and white, but anti Irish, whites against Puerto Ricans, Italians looking down on everyone and so on.Of course there are still lots of very funny lines and sequences as you d expect from McCourt Everyone of Irish descent that he meets, tells him where their mother and father came from in Ireland Frank tells stories about lots of amazing characters, and these are so many that he must have amalgamated his own and other stories Frank is a master storyteller and I suspect teller of tall tales, but that doesn t make them any the less entertaining.The sadness continues when his father who swears he has given up the drink arrives from Ireland, he is taken off the boat in restraints, blind drunk.His mother, Angela, is lonely in America, and she irritates Frank, even though he knows how much he owes her.His brothers are falling prey to drink, and the cycle of alcoholism continues.I suppose it s the story all families go through kids grow up, parents become a burden kids have kids and it begins again.At the end of Bob Geldof s autobiography, he is standing outside Wembley late at night after the Live Aid concert, when a man says to him Is that it And as Frank McCourt would say Tis I will read the final volume of memoirs Teaching Man but I expect it to be of the same Entertaining but nothing than that. Do I Detect an Irish Brogue I listened to this book as read by the Author I recommend that, as I read Angela s Ashes and enjoyed it a lot as well, but there is something special about the reading by the author that adds a diminsion to the work that you can t quite catch reading it.Up front, many are uncomfortable with this work and Angela s Ashes because of the language, which is quite blue in places I don t find it the most endearing quality myself, but as a memoir it captures the language of the army, the loading dock, the teachers lounge and the bar Be warned up front, if you are not comfortable hearing swearing, then this is NOT the book for you.That having been said, listening to McCourt read, I caught the poetic, lyrical, stream of consciousness attributes that I knew were present in Angela s Ashes, but hearing the cadence, the lilting roll and flow of the language there are parts of this book that come close to poetry It is an amazing and endearing quality that is rarely achieved in most modern literature.McCourt has a rare transparency with his insecurity, his dysfunctional relationships, his family dynamics, his romance with his first wife and his transition to teaching and moving toward writing is very revealing and almost has a therapeutic value as you listen and can recognize the human condition in general.My one criticism, is that, perhaps, this book stretches a little long for the material he includes The actual narrative events can be condensed to a very short story line It is the embellishment, the thinking out loud and the dancing around in what becomes a farily discernible pattern by the end of the book to where, it almost becomes a little tedious, although this is faint criticism when weighed against the overall impact of the book.A very entertaining listen and read It is hard to follow up on a Pulitzer Prize The goal is lofty and the expectations overwhelming My opinion is this book does not surpass its progenitor, but it certainly comes close and provides of the same type of reading and entertainment.I look forward to reading, and hopefully hearing the next installment. Ci sono giornate eccezionali in cui la discussione di una poesia apre la porta a una luce bianca abbagliante e tutti capiscono i versi e capiscono di aver capito e quando la luce si smorza ci sorridiamo come viaggiatori al ritorno da un avventura Con Frank McCourt accade esattamente lo stesso Seguirlo per le strade di New York come sbirciare in una stanza rimasta chiusa per decenni, lasciandovi entrare un fascio di luce.Il suo passo incerto e goffo si fa pi solido con il rincorrersi dei decenni, cos come la sua parlata Eppure Frank sempre Frankie C sempre la sua arguzia scorre come una linfa nascosta agli occhi dell interlocutore ma sulla pagina sfocia in riflessioni esilaranti C sempre il suo racconto continuo che grazie all essenzialit della punteggiatura d l impressione di scorrere, amalgamarsi, vivere Forse questa una delle caratteristiche che pi amo della sua prosa il saper raccontare gli altri come se raccontasse se stesso L uso del discorso indiretto, la totale assenza di virgolette con cui imprigionare i personaggi nei loro dialoghi, il fraseggio libero ma conciso tutto si traduce in un gomitolo di vite che confluiscono nella stessa materia, la memoria e il cuore di Frankie Sebbene l autore si sia cimentato nell autobiografia, il risultato un opera corale di straordinaria vivacit.Sarebbe inutile ripercorrere la trama, non posso levarvi la delizia della lettura Ci che importa sottolineare quanto questo libro possa essere fondamentale per un adolescente moderno Io ho scoperto Frankie come si scopre un caro amico Sar perch aveva pi o meno la mia et quando arrivato a New York o che si ritrovato a muovere i primi passi con la goffaggine che ritrovo in me nelle grandi occasioni della vita Il momento in cui trovi il primo lavoro, la paura di fare una brutta impressione, l ansia di non sentirti accettato per ci che sei dalle persone delle quali desideri la stima Anche il lettore grazie a Frank diventa un membro del coro Ci sembra quasi di avvertire bruciore agli occhi e di sentire la morbidezza dei riccioli neri sulla testa.Le ricchezze che si possono ricavare dalla lettura sono davvero infinite dalle riflessioni sull insensatezza del razzismo e su quanto possa essere pesante un identit che si indossa con scomodit dalle perplessit sull a a quelle sul sesso dalle stoccate inflitte agli scioperi degli anni 60 alle sfuriate contro i continui lamenti delle classi agiate, incapaci di apprezzare la propria fortuna Neri, bianchi, portoricani, irlandesi, italiani, giovani, donne di mezza et , padri e madri allo sbando e giunti al termine del loro percorso, ragazze innamorate della schematicit di una vita monotona, classi medio alte imprigionate nei rituali della buona societ questi i personaggi che vorticano attorno a Frankie, che lo erodono come un vento a volte gentile, altre tumultuoso Non avete voglia di scrivere della vostra vita per la generazione ventura Frankie, meno male che questa voglia ti venutaE quando la luce si smorza ci sorridiamo come viaggiatori al ritorno da un avventura I enjoyed this sequel to Angela s Ashes , because of Frank McCourt s ability to recollect dialogue, and his way of writing the words so well that you can just HEAR the Irish accent while you read It is so amazing and inspiring to see where Frank comes from, the slums of Ireland, with his essentially single mother to college, eventually graduate school, later a teacher in New York City It s a long road out of the slums out of his own head of fears, limitations, low self esteem to the place where he is able to make something of himself..One thing about Frank as an author is that he tells the truth, even if it s ugly and shows his own flaws I struggled with him drinking too much repeatedly visiting the Irish pubs, especially after growing up WITHOUT his alcoholic father who couldn t prioritize his wife children ahead of his addiction for drink abandoned them all to poverty a life of misery It was hard to read about Frank stopping for a beer after school, then one beer turns into a nine hour binge, and then oh well what s one when the wife is already going to be pissed, so what s the use I couldn t help but think Frank was possibly self sabotaging his life relationships While I appreciate honesty, I ll offer my own I am disappointed with Frank for this drinking, if it weren t for that, I would have easily given the book 4 stars What I love about Mr McCourt is that he never fails to make me laugh out loud, even in the midst of the grimmest material He is funny I laughed a lot.I also have a great respect for the language, cultural, and financial struggles that immigrants have when they first come to this country.
Pulitzer Prize 1997 and National Book Critics Circle Award 1996 for his memoir Angela s Ashes 1996 , which details his childhood as a poor Irish Catholic in Limerick He is also the author of Tis 1999 , which continues the narrative of his life, picking up from the end of the previous book and focusing on life as a new immigrant in America Teacher Man 2005 , detailed the challenges of being a young, uncertain teacher who must impart knowledge to his students His works are often part of the syllabus in high schools In 2002 he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Western Ontario.He died Sunday, July 19, 2009 of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer He was 78.
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