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A third memoir from the author of the huge international bestsellers 'Angela's Ashes' and "Tis'. In 'Teacher Man', Frank McCourt details his ... Show synopsis

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  • An Irish Microcosm of the World Sep 17, 2009
    by VirginiaDare

    Frank McCourt's "Teacher Man" was given to me by a friend at a time when, late in life, I decided I HAD to teach English Literature. I knew I was in for a struggle but I was confident that I loved my subject so much I was positive that I could make my students love it, too. I failed. I was at a school where cheating was common, no one had the desire to learn, teachers were not respected, and there was no discipline. I think the giver of this gift was trying to show me that I was not the only one who had problems with students! Too bad I didn't have the stomach to tough it out.

    McCourt is a fine writer with that Irish melancholy that makes one identify with him on many levels.

    It is interesting that, of all the movies I showed my classes in an attempt to get them to see that themes are eternal, they loved the screenplay of "Angela's Ashes" the best. This other work by McCourt will break your heart, yet he tucks in enough humor to keep you from killing yourself. His descriptions are without parallel, and the Irish village is a microcosm of the world--his, ours, and anybody's. Due to lots of begging, I showed the movie twice.

    Please read this. It's a wonderful book and is way easier to get through than James Joyce. Plus, the reader has no doubt about what he's reading, while dipping into Joyce takes a priest and a seeing eye dog.

  • A must read for anyone contemplating teaching. Apr 30, 2009
    by Cassey

    Fast easy read. Inspiring and funny without the morose tragedy of his Angela's Ashes.

  • Another hit Oct 30, 2007
    by Ohrenberg

    Other than Teacher Man Frank McCourt has brought us many great novels such as 'Tis and Angelas Ashes. Teacher Man chronicals the life McCourt experienced in his many years as a high school teacher. The book describes how the psyche of adolescent childrenhas changed from the 60's to today and also points out some of the short comings of the public school system. While not as powerfull or heart breaking as his previous 2 novels Teacher Man is still worth giving a read just dont expect to be blown away.

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