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TIS: A MEMOIR
Flamingo 2000 - The sequel to Frank McCourt's memoir of his Irish Catholic boyhood, Angela' s Ashes, picks up the story in October 1949 upon his arrival in America. Th ough he was born in New York, the family had returned to Ireland due to poo r prospects in the United States. Now back on American soil, this awkward 1 9-year-old, with his "pimply face, sore eyes, and bad teeth," has little in common with the healthy, self-assured college students he sees on the subw ay and dreams of joining in the classroom. Initially, his American experien ce is as harrowing as his impoverished youth in Ireland, including two of t he grimmest Christmases ever described in literature. McCourt views the U.S . through the same sharp eye and dark humour that distinguished his first m emoir; race prejudice, casual cruelty and dead-end jobs weigh on his spirit s as he searches for a way out. A glimpse of hope comes from the army, wher e he acquires some white-collar skills, and from New York University, which admits him without a high school diploma. But the journey toward his posit ion teaching creative writing at Stuyvesant High School is neither quick no r easy. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Infinity Books Japan]
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