‘Tis is the second of Frank McCourt’s two memoirs. The first is Angela’s Ashes, a very famous book, which tells of his childhood in Ireland. In ‘Tis he returns to New York, where he was originally born, and struggles to survive. At first he works in hotel lobbies and on the docks, but after a short spell in the military in Germany, on returning to New York, he enrolls in college, even though he doesn’t have a high school diploma. There, he meets the love of his life (or so he thinks.) (McCourt has been married 4 times, according to my mom.) After graduating, he teaches at various vocational high schools and finally at colleges and better high schools. I liked the book, though it wasn’t quite as good as Angela’s Ashes. 4 stars.

Advertisements