Frank McCourt's glorious childhood memoir, "Angela's Ashes, " has been loved and celebrated by listeners everywhere for its spirit, its wit and its profound humanity. A tale of redemption, in which storytelling itself is the source of salvation, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the "Los Angeles Times" Book Award and the Pulitzer ...
Frank McCourt's glorious childhood memoir, "Angela's Ashes, " has been loved and celebrated by listeners everywhere for its spirit, its wit and its profound humanity. A tale of redemption, in which storytelling itself is the source of salvation, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the "Los Angeles Times" Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Rarely has a book so swiftly found its place on the literary landscape. And now we have "'Tis, " the story of Frank's American journey from impoverished immigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur. Frank lands in New York at nineteen, in the company of a priest he meets on the boat. He gets a job at the Biltmore Hotel, where he immediately encounters the vivid hierarchies of this "classless country," and then is drafted into the army and is sent to Germany to train dogs and type reports. It is Frank's incomparable voice -- his uncanny humor and his astonishing ear for dialogue -- that renders these experiences spellbinding. When Frank returns to America in 1953, he works on the docks, always resisting what everyone tells him, that men and women who have dreamed and toiled for years to get to America should "stick to their own kind" once they arrive. Somehow, Frank knows that he should be getting an education, and though he left school at fourteen, he talks his way into New York University. There, he falls in love with the quintessential Yankee, long-legged and blond, and tries to live his dream. But it is not until he starts to teach -- and to write -- that Frank finds his place in the world. The same vulnerable but invincible spirit that captured the hearts of listeners in "Angela's Ashes" comes of age. Frank McCourt's "'Tis" is one of the most eagerly-awaited audiobooks of our time, and it is a masterpiece.
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Frank McCourt, who passed away recently, is by far, one of my favorite authors. What makes Tis: A Memoir a special treat is that HE narrates the audiobook himself!! And, with his Irish brogue and unique writing style, puts you, the reader/listener, in the scene/picture. Sadly, he only wrote a few books, which I have had the pleasure of reading, and wish he had written more. Take the time to treat yourself to a read/listen to this rare gem of an author!!
Sep 3, 2009
Very interesting and entertaining. I personally liked it better than his fames "Angelas Ashes"
Jul 15, 2007
Frank McCourt strikes again!
?'Tis? documents the continuing story of Frank McCourt as he re-establishes himself in America. Frank?s is an honest, unwavering voice narrating his experiences as an Irish immigrant in the 1950?s. He works as a hotel janitor, joins the army, becomes a university student. It is in this setting that he finds his voice as a writer and teacher. McCourt?s marriage and role in fatherhood are not explored in as great a detail as other areas of his life and this is a disappointment. While not as completely charming as the Pulitzer Prize winning "Angela's Ashes" or the more recent "Teacher Man," ??Tis? is an enjoyable read (at turns laugh out loud and heart-wrenching), a glimpse of a young man struggling against the ghosts of the past while finding his place in the world.
Publishers Weekly, 1999-10-04 The appeal of McCourt as a reader of his own memoirs (Angela's Ashes flourished commercially on audio, in both abridged and unabridged formats) lies in his ability to express a sustained sense of wonder at the world around him. Also, his brogue is classic, an Irish species unto itself. Here he takes up where he left off in his last book, arriving in America. He is first guided by an Irish bartender who tells him to go to the New York Public Library and read Samuel Johnson. Thus assimilated, he becomes a supply clerk for the army, stationed in postwar Germany, then a warehouse laborer living in a rooming house, before earning a college degree at NYU and settling down as a teacher at a rowdy vocational high school in Staten Island. Along the way come romance and immigrant's-eye life observations aplenty, and a growing sense of knowingness develops even as McCourt's hopes are dashed against disillusions. Simultaneous release with the Scribner hardcover. Also available unabridged and on CD. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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