I read "Teacher Man" first and followed it with "Angela's Ashes" and " 'Tis". " 'Tis" was the best for me and now I feel compelled to re-read "Teacher Man" with a new understanding of Frank's earlier life. I will be buying "Angela's Ashes" for Xmas presents this year....Continua
When the ignorance is gone, one has two choices -- let the emotions die, or save them for the best. The latter was what Frank McCourt chose. Never say never when you're still alive.
It is an immigration story. After suffering from a "miserable Irish Catholic childhood" detailed in his first memoir -- Angela's Ashes, the first 23 chapters of 'Tis saw him continue his wandering in America & Germany, having zero ideas what destiny was going to bring him.
With the help of the GI Bill, he went straight to university and went on to become the only English teacher in NY without a high school education (and won the teacher of the year in 1976).
The whole book was a big complaint to the harsh reality. For certain there are always someone yelling out "don't whine" and "this guy is just another crybaby", but to me, it does more good than harm to cry when there's something real to cry about. This late bloomer deserves his wild success.
Major topics include education, history, sex, relationship with parents; a diverse spectrum of crazy lunatics can also be found.
All in all, it's a fine book with tons of jokes and wits -- "Think for yourself" is the book's central message. It's not a crime after all....Continua
Good but "Angela's Ashes" set the bar too high. The book is good but don't expect to love it as much as the first book.