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.
As with Angela's Ashes, the author draws you in and captivates your attention to the very end.
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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