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Teacher Man by Frank McCourt

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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 compelling honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs and surprises he faced in the classroom. Teacher Man shows McCourt developing his unparalleled ability to tell a great story as, five days a week, five periods per day, he worked to gain the attention and respect of unruly, hormonally charged or indifferent adolescents.

Reviewed by Titchfield Abbey Reading Group:

A well told, vigorous memoir about teaching disaffected children in New York. A compassionate man. Raised many interesting issues about education.

Star rating: ***

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  1. Review by Phoenix Reading Group:
    A disappointment after Angela’s Ashes. We felt that it was a self indulgent book – the writer always harking back to his awful childhood. However, it was an insight into education in America with some humorous incidents.
    Star rating: ***

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