" They meet me on the streets and tell me that i look grand, that i look more like a Yank all the time. Alice Egan argues, Frankie McCourt hasn't changed one hour, not one hour. Isn't that right, Frankie?/ I don't know, Alice./ You don't have the slightest bit of an American accent./ Whatever friends i had in Limerick are gone, dead or emigrated, and I don't know what to do with myself. I could read all day in my mother's house but why did I come all the way from New York to sit on my arse and read? I could sit in pubs all night and drink but I could have done that in New York, too./ I walk from from one end of the city to the other and out into the country where my father walked endlessly. People are polite but they're working and have families and I'm a visitor, a returned Yank./ Is that yourself, Frankie McCourt?/ 'Tis./ When did you come?/ Last week./ And when are you going back?/ Next week./ That's grand. I'm sure your poor mother is glad to have you at home and I hope the weather keeps fine for you./ They say, I suppose you notice all kinds of changes in Limerick?/ Oh, yes. More cars, fewer snotty noses and scabby knees. No barefoot children. No women in shawls./ Jesus, Frankie McCourt, them's peculiar things to be noticing./ "
I thoroughly enjoyed Angela's Ashes in book and audiobook form. Slightly less so 'Tis, although it is a good complement to the first book with biographical details after Frank's return to New York. Its ending seems conclusive and, since his third book Teacher Man is more of an afterthought that I found rambly and overly repetitive, I think it might have been better to just expand the latter parts of this second book instead. On a side note, it was interesting to learn the author knew the Clancy brothers.
I've just read all 3 of his autobiographies - Angela's Ashes, Teacher Man and 'Tis, in this order.
I absolutely loved Angela's Ashes and thoroughly enjoyed Teacher Man. But like some other reviewers I found 'Tis repeating too much of what is in his other books and boring, especially the last third. He could have included the key points of 'Tis in his other two books.
Plus I have to agree with other reviewers - he spent a lot of his life being confused and irresponsible. He desperately wanted a relationship but when he had one he didn't work at it. And he had money for booze but not to improve his living conditions and teeth.
Not as dismal as "Angela's Ashes," "'Tis" follows Frank McCourt's return to America after growing up bitterly poor in Ireland. Life in New York does not instantly change his life to one of easy living or luxury. The rambling, run-on sentences propel you through the book in a breathless sort of way as if McCourt barely had a minute to stop and process this life in America. The manner in which he repeats his or others' thoughts adds to this rhythm. But if you want a cheerful book, this is not for you.
Much more interesting than Angela's Ashes but still a tedious read. I read this because I wanted to know what happened after Angela's Ashes. But my recommendation is to just not start the series.
I preferred Angela's Ashes and found that my distaste for some of frank mccourt's adventures negatively affected how much i enjoyed this book (it hurts to see him makes some of the same mistakes, to a elsser extent, that his father made). but i still love the way he writes!
This was a fantastic book. I actually listed to Angela's Ashes on CD. All three of his books..this book is followed by Teacher Man - Also a great read/listen - are read by Frank McCourt. He falls in line with the great Irish storytellers. He really gets into the reading and it makes you feel like you are listening to a great story from someone right in front of you. Its anything but dry. I'm listening to the book for a third time at work. Its fantastic. The part where he writes a phone number on a napkin so he doesnt have to dig through the trash is my favorite.
Just as funny as Angela's Ashes, and not nearly as sad overall (although still has sad parts). I'm convinced that this book and Angela's Ashes were supposed to be 1 book, as what I thought "Angela's Ashes" were at the end of the first book is very different from what it was in "'Tis", and makes much more sense to me!
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