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Singing My Him Song

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  899 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Malachy McCourt, bestselling author of A Monk Swimming, shares the extraordinary story of how he went from living the headlong and heedless life of a world-class drunk to becoming a sober, loving father and grandfather, still happily married after thirty-five years.

Bawdy and funny, naked and moving, told in the same inimitable voice that left readers all over the world won...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 16th 2001 by Harper Perennial (first published October 3rd 2000)
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Rose Ann
A disappointment. I wanted it to be another Angela's Ashes. It was not. But that's the failure of my expectation; others may enjoy this. Only be warned -- Malachy is not Frank, and does not write as well.
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Would recommend: Not really

I picked up Singing My Him Song while I went through my Frank McCourt streak, but this memoir was hardly satisfying. Some of the anecdotes were interesting, but I didn't perceive much coherence between the sections, and I was annoyed that I couldn't figure out the origin of the title.
Frank's less talented brother explains again and again why he's not such a bad chap despite drinking too much and neglecting his kids until the last chapter.
a continuation of "A Monk Swimming" Malachy talks of his life's troubles in the first half, & overcoming his demons in the second
Sarah Pascarella
He ain't his brother, that's for sure.
Singing My Him Song is the sequel to A Monk Swimming, and Malachy is the brother of Frank McCourt... Now Malachy is a bit older and wiser, and finally confronts his alcohol problem... The whole atmosphere is kind of self critical, cos the book is about the journey from a bad life to a good one, and it is written from a point of view where Malachy has realized how stupid he was... All in the entire sequel is just as good as the first book, but stil not as good as Frank's books. The brothers kind...more
A sequel that's better than the original

Malachy McCourt has written an occasionally captivating look at the last forty years of his life that is replete with self reflection, without wallowing in self pity. Furthermore he shows that he can convey his tale in a terse, lyrical prose that shines more brightly than virtually anything he wrote in "A Monk Swimming". The passages that describe his careers as actor and radio talk show host and his involvement in the successful effort to close Staten Isl...more
Witty, humorous down to earth read of living with alcoholism through failure and success and finally moving beyond dependence on it.
Cheryl Killingsworth
Actually I got a third of the way through and was ill. The story of his life. Interesting? No. Written well for an uninteresting book? No. Egomaniac, super over the top senseless liberal lunatic? Yes. Really and truly a sorry actor/politician wannabe. Horrid father, alcoholic, and an important person in the New York set of the 1950's to present. Because he had a beer with Richard Harris or he passed Gloria Vanderbilt at a beer hall. I mean really terrible book. Really. Terrible. Book. What a was...more
The second book from Frank McCourt’s younger but wilder brother, who was a minor celebrity in New York in the days of live television (and who later became a soap actor). A hard drinker and saloon-keeper, he had all sorts of mad stories in the first book. This one shows the flipside of chronic alcoholism and his fight to sobriety, which is fine as far as it goes, but he’s not introspective enough to make it feel universal. Probably should have stayed in his shrink’s notebooks.
Julie Franzek
I wished he kept his banter from A Monk Swimming. I felt he was told he had to speak more American that Irish. But Irish is he. Or maybe it's because he gave up something that you'll have to read to find out! Oh, you are not Frank and don't believe the ones who want you to be like him.
The follow-up, which brings us up to today, to A Monk Swimming. Much easier to read, or less tragic: he gets a grip on his alcoholism & his marriage in this one. Finally.

It's interesting that I liked his second book better, while I preferred his brother's first book (Angela's Ashes) over his second. Maybe it's because it seems that Malachy has come to terms with life more completely than his brother, at least when comparing the two 'second' books.
Eva Leger
Another great book by the McCourt brothers! If anyone is going to read something by these two for the first time I'd definitely read Angela's Ashes first by Frank McCourt as it kind of starts the whole story out for you and gets you sucked in. After reading Ashes I just had to know everything I could find out about the rest of their family life.
Well, I disagreed with a lot of what he had to say sometimes, but that's ok. It's good to expand your horizons a little, and McCourt's book is interesting at least. (I haven't read Angela's Ashes yet, so I can't and won't compare him to his brother.) It was a pretty good read, and at times very witty.
Gave it a couple of chances, but could not get through the writing style, or was the author too distant from his recovery as an alcoholic -- or too close? I jumped through the chapters, browsing for bits that I liked and flagged this one :unfinished business so I can get if off my bookshelf.
I love the books by the McCourt brothers! I was especially fond of Frank McCourt's writing, and this book made me think a lot more positively of Malachy McCourt! I'm really tempted to try to find some of his movies or TV shows! I feel like I know him now!
Karin A.
Enjoyed, Malachy's honesty and humor dealing with his mistakes and conquests. Bits of his brutal childhood leaked into adulthood but he plugged on. Learning from what didn't work, his later life gave him love and contentment.
I wanted this to be good. And because I felt like I knew him from his brother's Angela's Ashes, I kept rooting for Malachy to tell me a good story. But it just didn't happen. I gave up about half way through.
McCourt's description of the difficult battle he had in overcoming the twin demons of alcoholism and his less-than-perfect childhood did not ever quite engage me. My native distrust of memoirs may be to blame.
If you've read Angela's Ashes, you must read Tis. It's so amazing to see the other brothers story of his life. He was so completely different from Frank, and the lifestyle he lived was so crazy!!
Katy Brandes
Kind of self-indulgent. Hate to compare, but I like brother Frank's style better. The second Malachy McCourt installment made me appreciate his work so much more.
I love Malachy McCourt, and wish he had written 20 more books. His style, his humor, and his amazing storytelling ability makes this book well worth the effort.
Not quite the writer his brother, Frank, is. Still, it's a good read about his own journey through poverty, immigration, alcoholism, and search for self.
Malachy is no shirk of writer also. Brilliant verbal play remind me of the Wodehousian heritage of both McCourt brothers.
Donna Girouard
I liked this one better than A Monk Swimming. It seemed less forced. However, I still prefer "the other McCourt brother."
I listened to this book. He reads it. And he can wind a tale like many good Irishmen do.
Finishing out my Mcourt reading, hey once your so invested why not just continue?
Another amazing book by a McCourt brother. I can't get enough of these guys!!
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Malachy Gerard McCourt is an Irish-American actor, writer and politician. He was the 2006 Green party candidate for governor in New York State, losing to the Democratic candidate Eliot Spitzer. He is the younger brother of Frank McCourt.

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