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|Available at last in paperback is Frank McCourt's critically acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller about how his 30-year teaching career in the public schools of New York City shaped his second act as a writer.|
In this appealing memoir, McCourt describes his own coming of age as a teacher, a storyteller, and, ultimately, a writer.
Nearly a decade ago Frank McCourt became an unlikely star when, at the age of sixty-six, he burst onto the literary scene with "Angela's Ashes, " the Pulitzer Prize -- winning memoir of his childhood in Limerick, Ireland. Then came "'Tis, " his glorious account of his early years in New York. Now, here at last, is McCourt's long-awaited book about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. "Teacher Man" is also an urgent tribute to teachers everywhere. In bold and spirited prose featuring his irreverent wit and heartbreaking honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs and surprises he faces in public high schools around New York City. His methods anything but conventional, McCourt creates a lasting impact on his students through imaginative assignments (he instructs one class to write "An Excuse Note from Adam or Eve to God"), singalongs (featuring recipe ingredients as lyrics), and field trips (imagine taking twenty-nine rowdy girls to a movie in Times Square ). McCourt struggles to find his way in the classroom and spends his evenings drinking with writers and dreaming of one day putting his own story to paper. "Teacher Man" shows McCourt developing his unparalleled ability to tell a great story as, five days a week, five periods per day, he works to gain the attention and respect of unruly, hormonally charged or indifferent adolescents. McCourt's rocky marriage, his failed attempt to get a Ph.D. at Trinity College, Dublin, and his repeated firings due to his propensity to talk back to his superiors ironically lead him to New York's most prestigious school, Stuyvesant High School, where he finally finds a place and a voice. "Doggedness," he says, is "not as glamorous as ambition or talent or intellect or charm, but still the one thing that got me through the days and nights." For McCourt, storytelling itself is the source of salvation, and in "Teacher Man" the journey to redemption -- and literary fame -- is an exhilarating adventure.
|Number Of Pages||272 pages|
|LC Classification Number||LA2317.M36A3 2005|
|Dewey Decimal||371.10092 B|
|"McCourt sings, we weep. He speaks, we are transported. The six-hour audiobook is riveting. The production shows exactly how recording can enliven and enhance a text." -- The Christian Science Monitor on Angela's Ashes|
"Moving out of the poor Irish lanes of his childhood and now into the high school classrooms of New York City, Frank McCourt exchanges one garden of suffering for another, but always with a comic eye, a sympathetic heart, and the perfect timing of a master story-teller.Teacher Manis a cry from the barricades of public education and should be required reading not just for all teachers but for anyone who ever set foot in a high school. Happily, there will be no test."-- Billy Collins
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- yipuluvme2Dec 14, 2008by
A GREAT read!
This book is very engaging and well written. As a teacher myself, I often found myself laughing out loud at Frank McCourt's descriptions of interactions with students. I will recommend and give this book as gifts!
- dabc403Aug 9, 2008by
I saw the movie Angela's Ashes and consider it one of the best filsm of all times. I am of an Irish background and I found the story remarkable as it is told through the eyes of Frank McCourt as a child returning to Ireland when other families were going to America to finally have money and get away from the poverty and disease of Ireland. Someone gave the book Angela's Ashes as a gift and I read in a day. Only then did I discover the Frank McCourt had when on the write additional books upon his return to America. Each book was a satifactory a reading experience as I had hoped for. I enjoy books the give alittle history on what this country was like through the eyes of immigrant families "back in the day". I believe that Mr. McCourt found a an endearing way to capture both the love of America while holding a strange special connection with Ireland. He also shows a strong family bond that you dont often see these days. I will treasure each book and am truly happy with the decision to purchase each.Read full review
- lenx02Mar 4, 2008by
I love this book
I really like this book. It is an easy read that also brings out some great thinking about teaching, love, and life in general. I am a teacher and this book means a lot to me, however I think everyone could benefit from reading this book. You will laugh and cry along with some of the realest moments I have ever read. I would get this if I were you.
- nextbimFeb 2, 2008by
Good book. A memior that's the third book in a trilogy starting with Angela's Ashes. I left mine on an airplane and had to get another copy to finish it.
- 52425345@delete...Sep 7, 2006by
McCourt's done it again!
Whether or not you are a teacher or a fan of the incomperable style of Frank McCourt, I heartily recommend this book. As with his previous two memoirs, I enjoyed every page and was left wanting more. As wonderful as he is on the printed page, his audio books are an even bigger treat. No one but Frank McCourt himself could do justice to the telling of his story. It's no wonder he was nominated for the spoken word Grammy.