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Tis Unabridged: A Memoir (Frank McCourt #2)

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Frank McCourt's glorious childhood memoir, Angela's Ashes, has been loved and celebrated by listeners everywhere for its spirit, its wit and its profound humanity. A tale of redemption, in which storytelling itself is the source of salvation, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Rarely has a book so swiftly ...more
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Published September 20th 1999 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 1999)
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mikka It's the sequel of Angela's Ashes. That has been main reason for me to read it. And I'm in my Irish literature phase, at the moment.
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K.D. Absolutely
Jul 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Charles Van
Shelves: memoirs, series, irish
My brother was the one who told me to read Frank McCourt’s 1996 Pulitzer-winning memoir Angela’s Ashes. It was one of the books that made me who am I today: a voracious reader.

It took me 12 years before reading its 1999 sequel, ’Tis (short for “It is”). Reason: I wanted to let the cute and innocent boy Frank and his brothers Malachy, Michael and Alphie to stay as long as possible in my mind. I did not want them to grow up. I wanted to hold on to the image of those boys running and walking aroun
Mar 29, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Sadder in some ways than Angela's Ashes. Whereas Angela's Ashes was a story of Frank McCourt fighting the odds and dangers of growing up in a Limerick slum and trying to escape, this book is about Frank McCourt fighting with himself and occasionally American society. This book reveals his darker side, including his own battles with the drink (though these are never as bad as his father's alcohol problems), his insecurities and the chip on his shoulder about growing up in a slum. Frank had a toug ...more
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: america, ireland
بعید می دونم بشه کتاب اجاق سرد آنجلا رو خوند و فرانک بیچاره رو که بعد از تحمل اون همه فلاکت بالاخره به رویای دور و درازش - زندگی در امریکا - رسیده تو دهه ی دوم زندگیش رها کرد. اینجاست که با اشتیاق برای فرونشوندن حس کنجکاویتون دنبال جلد دوم می گردین

به نظر من ادامه ی ماجرا تو جلد دوم نسبت به جلد اول ضعف های بیشتری داره . لحن ساده و یکنواخت نویسنده تو جلد اول به واسطه ی سن پایین راوی آزاردهنده نیست ولی با بزرگ شدن راوی تو جلد دوم ، لحن روایت نویسنده همون طور ساده باقی می مونه که باور بزرگ شدن فرانک
Eddie Owens
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Feb 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
First, let me say that I absolutely adored this book. While not as dear to my heart as the first, I think this story is moving and the voice is, as always, unique. That said, this story is a much more familiar one than the last: Irish immigrant trying to make a life for himself in a new world, and a war-enraged America. This story, though, is much more tangible than "other" immigration stories and unique in that, throughout all the troubles, heartache, injustice, and anger, this is a story not b ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Angela's Ashes I was glad to know author Frank McCourt had also written a sequel. I felt after reading Ashes, I needed closure. I wanted to know how Frank fared as a young adult when he arrived in New York as an Irish immigrant in 1949 and if the rest of the McCourt family followed in his footsteps. 'Tis had all the answers I was seeking with such an amazing writing style of "aching sadness and desperate humor." 5 Stars !
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ci sono giornate eccezionali in cui la discussione di una poesia apre la porta a una luce bianca abbagliante e tutti capiscono i versi e capiscono di aver capito e quando la luce si smorza ci sorridiamo come viaggiatori al ritorno da un'avventura.

Con Frank McCourt accade esattamente lo stesso. Seguirlo per le strade di New York è come sbirciare in una stanza rimasta chiusa per decenni, lasciandovi entrare un fascio di luce.
Il suo passo incerto e goffo si fa più solido con il rincorrersi dei de
Kimberly Smith
I enjoyed this sequel to "Angela's Ashes", because of Frank McCourt's ability to recollect dialogue, and his way of writing the words so well that you can just HEAR the Irish accent while you read.

It is so amazing and inspiring to see where Frank comes from, the slums of Ireland, with his essentially single mother to college, eventually graduate school, & later a teacher in New York City. It's a long road out of the slums & out of his own head of fears, limitations, & low self estee
Mar 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Couple of points here:

McCourt's story is mesmerizing. From what he came from to what he become is beyond inspiring and thought provoking; however, I have some qualms with McCourt.

Knowing what he knows about the dangers and pitfalls of alcohol, why the hell does he touch the stuff? It goes on to ruin several of his relationships and opportunities and yet he never comments on this. He never touches on the point of alcoholism in families and how his father's drinking did or did not directly affect
Bart Breen
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do I Detect an Irish Brogue? ;)

I listened to this book as read by the Author. I recommend that, as I read Angela's Ashes and enjoyed it a lot as well, but there is something special about the reading by the author that adds a diminsion to the work that you can't quite catch reading it.

Up front, many are uncomfortable with this work and Angela's Ashes because of the language, which is quite blue in places. I don't find it the most endearing quality myself, but as a memoir it captures the language
Jan 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-2009
This is an amazing and a motivational book that has inspired me these past few months being a junior. What makes this book inspirtational is how at every event in McCourt's life he finds the positive sides or tries to find something humorous within the event. This has taught me that no matter what life throws me at I can achieve, nothing is a major deal. I was really able to connect to McCourt in this book more than the first, Angela's Ashes because this story took place in New York, and in my n ...more
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Literati, Lit students, fiction readers
Recommended to Michael by: Frank McCourt
Shelves: memoirs, literature
This book would get five stars, except that it isn't -quite- as great as Angela's Ashes, which makes it seem a bit disappointing. In comparison to that book, it is also somewhat less inspiring, in the sense that AA tells a story of perseverance over hardship as Frank survives all by carrying his dream of going to America through times of crushing poverty. In _'Tis_ he finally makes it to America, and things still are not perfect. In fact he still spends a lot of time feeling afraid and too insec ...more
Victor Carson
I did not like this book as well as McCourt's earlier memoir, Angela's Ashes, which related the family's struggles in Ireland in the 1940's and 1950's. 'Tis relates Frank McCourt's life in New York from the 1950's until his Mother's death in New York and his father's death and burial in Belfast in 1985. Frank McCourt himself read the audio-book edition of 'Tis. This book, however, needed editing to move the story along more smoothly. Certain parts are moving, thoughtful, or funny but some are re ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The narration of Frank McCourt's life continues in this volume, in which he faces the adversities of life in America.

It is quite easy to understand till the beginning that this version of Frank McCourt is an older, more mature one, that, during the narration, becomes more and more aware of the hypocrisies and incoherences of the society, in a country where theoretically everyone should have the opportunity to make his own fortune but where practically it's harder than ever to make it happen.

Feb 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tras ese maravilloso libro que es Las cenizas de Angela, va el autor y perpetra este pestiño aburrido hasta decir basta. Lo antirecomiendo.
Kressel Housman
This is the second of Frank McCourt’s trilogy of memoirs, but I read them out of order, so it’s the last for me. It has some of the childhood reminiscences of Angela's Ashes and even more of the teaching remembrances of Teacher Man, but mostly it’s about Frank’s journey from blue collar autodidact to college-educated professional. There’s also a bit about how he repeated his father’s mistakes and destroyed his marriage by drinking too much. For those parts, I was thinking, “No, Frank, no!” so ...more
Barbara Mitchell
Quite some time ago I reviewed McCourt's first autobiography, Angela's Ashes. 'Tis is the second book which picks up as Frank is sailing from Ireland to America, where he expects to see everyone has a tan and beautiful white teeth, i.e. the Hollywood version. First lesson, New York City and its people don't much resemble his expectations.

He's still poor as a churchmouse of course but he finds a job sweeping the floor and emptying ashtrays in the lobby of the Biltmore, then moves on to a warehous
Marwan Asmar
Jun 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A memorable read, an Irishman in New York. This is a sequel to Angela's Ashes. The start is one of the McCourt's eldest brother, coming into New York across the Atlantic to start a new life at the Big Apple. We are introduced to Irish culture in another land, the heartaches of work, the odd jobs to make ends meets, the bedsits, the education, marriage, and finally death. At times it is hilariously funny, at times poignant. We are introduced to books, authors, to the teaching profession and the p ...more
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ciao Frank!
Non sono una recensitrice, non ho idea di cosa si scrive dietro una quarta di copertina per far sì che un libro - quantunque penoso - venga venduto a orde di lettori entusiasti, e il commento che seguito a scrivere è animato solo dal fatto che io non solo ho letto le tue parole, ma le ho fatte mie e le ho rese il mio insegnamento principale di vita.
Ho letto 'Le ceneri di Angela' nel 2010, durante il mio secondo viaggio a Francoforte, una delle città che amo più al mondo, e all'inizio
Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teachers
Frank McCourt's first book, Angela's Ashes, was incredible in its descriptions of an unbelievable poverty experienced within living memory in a Western European country. The impact of the continuation of McCourt's life story could hardly fail to pale in comparison. I felt that his descriptions of his miserable life at a succession of pitiful jobs and in the army dragged on too long. I was irritated by the continual harping on about how fortunate the Americans were, with their electricity, hot an ...more
I must admit that my first reaction to this book was to be was this American-born Irishman returned to America to fulfill his dreams and all he could do was complain. I kept reminding myself how hard it would be at 19 yrs to ride the "learning curve" of customs, language, job & adult responsibilities while being mixed into the melting pot of NYC in the 1940's. He was frustrated, disenchanted, tired, confused. I continued reading - I wanted to see how this guy redeemed himself ...more
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Frank McCourt burst on the literary scene with his memoir Angela’s Ashes , which outlined his childhood lived in abject poverty in Limerick Ireland. This book picks up where that one left off. He begins by recounting some of the overseas voyage, befriended by a priest who encourages him to talk to the “wealthy Protestants from Kentucky,” and who is dismayed when McCourt’s embarrassment over his teeth, his eyes, his clothing, keeps him from asserting himself. But although nothing is as he expect ...more
Melissa McShane
Meh. Angela's Ashes was wonderful, lots of history mixed in with the memoir, and so emotionally engaging. This one was a lot more memoir and not so much history, and far too much detail about his sex life and frequent masturbation (though he does, amusingly, refer to the latter as "interfering with himself"). The beautiful Irish voice still comes through, so it's pleasant to read even when the subject matter becomes pedestrian, and there are a few brilliant moments: my favorite is when, as a fir ...more
I have several books currently reading and a ton in the "to be read" pile but couldn't wait. Started this last night. Enthralled.

Really enjoyed this book. I felt the first half of the book better than the last. Although his teaching experiences were a delight to read. The differences he felt between growing up in Ireland and then the apparent wealth in America - I'm sure relates to a lot of immigrants. I found the book useful for tracking down inherited feelings of a particular kind, the inbred
I really loved Angela's Ashes, so I was really excited to read this, but I didn't enjoy this one as much. I can't quite put my finger on why, because I was still interested in the subject matter, but it just seemed choppier to me and less in depth I guess. It was still good though and I'm looking forward to reading Teacher Man.
I adored this book and it's predecessor, Angela's Ashes. McCourt is an amazing writer. They way he captures emotion so simply causes the reader to fall in love with each and every flawed character. Never, have I been so sad to see a story end.
Pales in comparison to its prequel Angela's Ashes, which is heart-wrenching and brilliant.
John Martindale
Jan 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, audiobook
I liked Angela's Ashes and since the book ended with his making it to America, I was curious about how he ended up becoming a teacher in the states. But uck... 'Tis was just terrible. In Angela's Ashes, Frank was no saint while growing up in Ireland, but it was all forgivable considering the poverty and his being a child and all. But in 'Tis the context is different and so was my reaction. As I read the book I hoped that Frank would finally show some subtle hints of maturity and begin to display ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book two years after I picked it up at a Book Exhibition I walked into in Pondicherry, India. I bought it because, it was the only book that seemed interesting enough and well, who leaves a book exhibition without buying at least ONE book?

Considering the fair warning in the blurb about the memoir being about a young Irish lad sailing into America with rotten teeth and infected eyes, I had prepped myself enough for the self pity, that also came in truckloads. However, there were inst
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Resulta curioso que el primer libro se titule LAS CENIZAS DE ÁNGELA, cuando dichas cenizas no son mencionadas hasta el final del segundo libro, y que este último se titule LO ES, precisamente la frase final del primer libro
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Francis "Frank" McCourt was an Irish-American teacher and author. McCourt was born in Brooklyn; however, his family returned to their native Ireland in 1934.

He received the Pulitzer Prize (1997) and National Book Critics Circle Award (1996) for his memoir Angela's Ashes (1996), which details his childhood as a poor Irish Catholic in Limerick. He is also the author of 'Tis (1999), which continues t
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