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Tis: A Memoir by Frank McCourt – Even Better Than Angela’s Ashes

September 24, 2011
Tis: A Memoir by Frank McCourt

Tis a blessing that the author narrates his own work. McCourt follows up his Audie Award-winning performance in Angelas Ashes with another brilliant reading as he chronicles his return to post-World War II New York. Like all good storytellers, McCourt has good stories to tell; Tis pulses with grim adversity and quiet triumphs–character-shaping moments that gain the listeners empathy. What makes McCourt a great storyteller is his ability to give these moments just the right amount of humor and perspective. His lyrical tones are wise but not weary; hes survived lifes challenges to tell his tale. And while it may be trite to credit McCourts verbal skills to his Irish heritage, these war stories were undoubtedly polished amongst friends in the pubs. Tis is Grammy material, and a perfect example of how an authors voice can enhance the written word. (Running time: 6 hours, 4 cassettes) –Rob McDonald

Graceful, Charming, Lovely
I really enjoyed “Angela’s Ashes,” and like this book even more. You basically could combine the two into one big book, as one is just a continuation of the other. Both are written in McCourt’s unique style and both are a pleasure to read. I think “Tis” gets the extra star from me because, whereas “Angela’s Ashes” really kept you feeling bad for the boy throughout, “Tis” is a story of hope and promise. Much happens to Frankie McCourt once he gets to the U.S. and the life he leads here keep you both interested and wondering just how he would be able to turn his fortunes for the better.

This, as was “Angela’s Ashes,” is a very honest book. In no way does McCourt attempt to cover up his flaws or missteps. In no way does he try to paint himself a hero. You get the real deal here, and many times I found myself closely relating to what he was thinking at any given moment.

I highly recommend this book.

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