Malachy McCourt grew up in Limerick amid death, squalor, poverty and abuse. When he went to America as a young man, he took with him a gargantuan appetite for what life has to offer - and an equal drive to forget what it had delivered so far. In "A Monk Swimming", he caroused his way all over the world, becoming a familiar face in movies and ...
Malachy McCourt grew up in Limerick amid death, squalor, poverty and abuse. When he went to America as a young man, he took with him a gargantuan appetite for what life has to offer - and an equal drive to forget what it had delivered so far. In "A Monk Swimming", he caroused his way all over the world, becoming a familiar face in movies and television, and in bars from Paris to Calcutta. Now he tells us the rest of the story - how he went from world-class drunk to sober and loving father and grandfather. Bawdy and funny, naked and moving, and told in the same inimitable voice that left readers wondering what happened next, he tells as honest and entertaining story as you could hope for.
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Publishers Weekly, 2000-09-15 HA surprisingly tender McCourt disarms the reader with his openness and dexterous touch in this winning sequel to A Monk Swimming. Two constants undergird the book: McCourt's love for (and sometimes rocky relationship with) his second wife, Diana, and the lure of alcohol. "Of the bad habits available, I missed very few," he admits. Variously a barkeep, raconteur, man about New York, actor, radio host and brother to the more famous Frank, the ever-amusing Malachy limns his frequent problems with money, marriage and work. He casually reveals sexual molestation by priests in Limerick, Ireland; a son who was shot on a New York street; and bouts with prostate cancer and depression. When it comes to Diana's autistic daughter, Nina, who was sent to the now infamous Willowbrook State School for the Retarded on Staten Island, N.Y., McCourt passionately relates his involvement in a parent's group that helped uncover the unspeakable conditions there, generating publicity that influenced the care of the mentally disabled throughout the country. His occasional anecdotes of childhood poverty in Limerick have a familiar ring, although in what might be a jab at his brother's expense, Malachy recounts a hilarious incident with his mother Angela's ashes that may appall some readers. When the author finally faced his alcohol addiction and formed a grudging relationship with God, he wrote to the father who had abandoned his family. McCourt fans will be pleased that this record of a seesawing life stands on its own, and that the charming rogue has transformed into a satisfied, contemplativeDand still charmingDpaterfamilias. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-12-04 "If ever there was an unexamined life on this earth," says Malachy McCourt, "it was mine." No more. In this sequel to his memoir A Monk Swimming, McCourt examines his every itch and scratch. These confessions of "a recovering Catholic" are written with obvious anguish and great personal insight, but in public view the insights often become clichés: the mea culpa of a charming Irish alcoholic, womanizer and deadbeat dad who recounts, in an enchanting brogue, the violence, irresponsibility, self-righteousness and self-pity engendered by his childhood of poverty and despair. Though the abridgment lacks smooth transitions and the author has a habit of dropping his voice at the ends of lines, this will surely become a popular recording for most listeners. For McCourt knows how to tell a story, how to read his lyrical sentences and how to get the most out of his rich, sardonic humor. Based on the HarperCollins hardcover (Forecasts, Sept. 18). (Sept.) n Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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