Teacher Man: A Memoir

Teacher Man A Memoir Nearly a decade ago 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 Lim

  • Title: Teacher Man: A Memoir
  • Author: Frank McCourt
  • ISBN: 9780743243773
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Nearly a decade ago 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 carNearly a decade ago 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 heartbreaking honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs and surprises he faces in public high schools around New York City His methods anything but conventional, McCourt creates a lasting impact on his students through imaginative assignments he instructs one class to write An Excuse Note from Adam or Eve to God , singalongs featuring recipe ingredients as lyrics , and field trips imagine taking twenty nine rowdy girls to a movie in Times Square.McCourt struggles to find his way in the classroom and spends his evenings drinking with writers and dreaming of one day putting his own story to paper Teacher Man shows McCourt developing his unparalleled ability to tell a great story as, five days a week, five periods per day, he works to gain the attention and respect of unruly, hormonally charged or indifferent adolescents McCourt s rocky marriage, his failed attempt to get a Ph.D at Trinity College, Dublin, and his repeated firings due to his propensity to talk back to his superiors ironically lead him to New York s most prestigious school, Stuyvesant High School, where he finally finds a place and a voice Doggedness, he says, is not as glamorous as ambition or talent or intellect or charm, but still the one thing that got me through the days and nights For McCourt, storytelling itself is the source of salvation, and in Teacher Man the journey to redemption and literary fame is an exhilarating adventure.

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  • Frank McCourt

    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 the narrative of his life, picking up from the end of the previous book and focusing on life as a new immigrant in America Teacher Man 2005 , detailed the challenges of being a young, uncertain teacher who must impart knowledge to his students His works are often part of the syllabus in high schools In 2002 he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Western Ontario.He died Sunday, July 19, 2009 of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer He was 78.

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  • Onvan : Teacher Man (Frank McCourt, #3) - Nevisande : Frank McCourt - ISBN : 743243781 - ISBN13 : 9780743243780 - Dar 272 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2005


  • Teacher Man is as good example as any that if you have wit and personality you can tell an entertaining story. Told with an Irish accent helps too.I think McCourt, with his humble yet playful, self-degrading Irish charm could read from the phone book and hold a reader's attention. But he has lots to say worth hearing, as he recounts thirty years of teaching in New York's high schools and community colleges. A working class, blue collar teacher in the trenches, McCourt helped me better appreciate [...]


  • This book is difficult to review. While I appreciated McCourt's attempt to recognize teachers (especially English teachers) and the work (often underappreciated) that we do, I felt that his theory of if we all "think outside the box" and try to be friendly with our students, than we will have a successful teaching career, a bit unrealistic, overly idealistic, and in many ways, condescending. While I do admire some of his methods, and enjoy his writing style, I found that the times when he let hi [...]


  • My fourth book by Frank McCourt and I am still impressed.Teacher Man (2005) is the last book of his 3-part tragicomic memoir and it is about his experiences as a teacher in at least 3 schools in New York. He spent 33 years teaching high school students before he retired at the age of 60 and wrote his first book, Angela's Ashes at the age of 66. The book changed his life tremendously. He won a Pulitzer in 1997. National Book Critics Circle Award in 1996. He met President Bush, Lady Diana and othe [...]


  • At first, I was a little disappointed, because the book went by so fast. He summed up 30 years of teaching in a little over 200 pages.Then, when I thought about it, I realized how much it made sense. I've only been teaching for five years, and at times, it feels like forever, but at the same time, it's gone by so fast. I think McCourt captured that perfectly.Also, I love his self-deprecating humor. There are many times when I feel like a fraud as a teacher, but I know that if I tried to write li [...]


  • Titolo:Ehi, prof! Sottotitolo:I libri non sono oggetti. I libri hanno l'anima Caro Frank, è ormai la terza volta che ti scrivo, ti do del tu perché ti conosco da quando eri un moccioso e vivevi a Limerick, e anche se sei morto professore a New York, io ti ricordo così, come quell'infelice infante irlandese e cattolico.Siccome ormai abbiamo la confidenza adatta, e non mi piacerebbe essere disonesta nei tuoi confronti, te lo devo dire, ho pianto per le prime trenta pagine di questo ultimo libro [...]


  • 4 estrellas, ya que es de esos libros que empiezas a leer y no esperas mucho de él Y lo terminas con una sonrisa grande“There's nothing sillier in the world than a teacher telling you don't do it after you already did it.” Debo de admitir que al empezar a leer este libro me lleve una impresión mala del mismo no terminaba de ser un libro de carácter bibliográfico, que en lugar de comentar lo que hace a una persona ser profesor, tan solo aparentaba ser un anecdotario de la vida de Frank Mc [...]


  • A very different book to Angela’s Ashes. It’s like listening to a witty, self-deprecating yet passionate man tell you stories of his life. You can even hear his accent. McCourt talks about his time as a teacher; how it came about, his successes and failures, his talent for telling stories. In other hands, this could read as one long ego trip. But this man is, was, a master storyteller. He draws you in with his confidences and asides, making you believe you’re sharing his secrets. I met Sus [...]


  • I read this book years ago, at the start of my teaching career. I can't remember if I was student teaching or if it was my first year, but nevertheless, I was a newbie. I actually started reading it again forgetting this was the Frank McCourt book I had read years ago. It took me about two pages to realize my mistake, but I figured I might as well finish it since I hadn't even remembered I had read it in the first place. McCourt no doubt has some questionable pedagogy. Some of his out-of-the-box [...]


  • McCourt has a compelling style of writing, an extraordinarily masculine style (I don't know what this means exactly, but if I were ever to try to pin down what I thought made for "masculine" writing, I'd definitely look at McCourt's book, if only to avoid the traditional recourse to Hemingway). One thing that was nice about it was that it was a memoir that happened to be about a period in his life when he was a teacher -- i.e. that happened to be about teaching. It clearly wasn't a "teacher memo [...]


  • i hated this book. i didn't like the style of his writing. i didn't like the way he talked about his teaching and what he did in his classroom. as i kept on reading, i was just like- dude- you are not a good teacher. but maybe it's just the way he presented himself.when i got to the end, i was like- so. what was the point? but i guess the point was that this is part of his life story.


  • The first chapter of this book is so exquisite that I have caught myself rehearsing it as a possible public reading many times. Mr. McCourt describes his first day as a new teacher standing before a class of hardened urban students. It bristles with irony and suspense comparable to great classic comedy scenes. I read the book for the first time shortly after it was published, at the end of my first year as a teacher, and identified with Mr. McCourt's predicament completely. If only I had managed [...]


  • This is my favourite of Frank McCourt's books. I found Angela's Ashes just too unremittingly bleak.Teacher Man is not all about teaching as it tells of how he lives in New York before accidentally becoming a teacher. Anyone who's ever been in a classroom and especially teachers will 'enjoy' his descriptions of being in a room with a group of kids who would rather eat dirt than listen to him. But he succeeds through his having 'kissed the Blarney Stone' and tells tales (mostly true) of his life. [...]


  • Frank McCourt: The Irish-American Larry McMurtry? I ended up with mixed feelings about this book. I loved -- no, adored -- the first section of this wry, honest memoir. The second section was solid, also, but felt a little out of place. (My reaction: What? McCourt's in Dublin drinking, cheating on his wife, and not getting the doctorate he's supposed to be working on? What does this have to do with his high school teaching career?) The third section returns to and wraps up his teaching career. I [...]


  • I do not like this book. I thought, "He's a teacher, I'm a teacher. I should read it," and "He wrote 'Angela's Ashes' which people seem to like, so I'll read it." I wish I'd left it alone. I actually bought the book for someone else, but then I decided to read it myself and give her something else. I'm glad I didn't give it as a gift.Frank McCourt was a high school teacher in New York and is an immigrant fromIreland! He was actually born in America, but his family moves to Ireland, and he moves [...]


  • E' il primo libro di McCourt che mi capita di leggere, anche se Adelphi ne ha pubblicati altri due, sempre autobiografici. In questo l'autore si concentra sui suoi lunghi anni d'insegnamento nelle scuole superiori di New York. La prima parte è molto divertente, brillante, si simpatizza subito con questo "povero" professore costretto ad avere a che fare con branchi di alunni adolescenti senza controllo. La seconda parte è invece più frammentata, non so se fosse stanco di scrivere, ma sembra av [...]


  • Angela's Ashes is Frank McCourt’s Pulitzer prize-winner, but I’ve been attracted to this lesser-known memoir of his since I heard him promoting it on NPR years ago. His younger brother Malachy is also a favorite guest on NPR shows; I’ve heard him read two of his short stories on “Selected Shorts.” One of them was about an Irish doorman working in a Manhattan luxury building on Christmas, and it was absolutely hilarious. I admit I got the two brothers mixed up, but this book set me stra [...]


  • Non è così appassionante e coinvolgente come Le ceneri di Angela, ma lo stile è ugualmente molto scorrevole, con la solita vena di ironia; l'ho letto tutto d'un fiato, nonostante sia un racconto non unitario, ma un succedersi di tanti episodi legati comunque tra loro dalla vita di insegnante di McCourt. Così emerge una miriade di personaggi, di alunni con le loro storie, storie uniche, personali, spesso con le loro vite difficili di figli di immigrati. In tutto questo mondo McCourt si trova [...]


  • The 3rd book of the Frank McCourt series is an inspiring book about his 30 year teaching career. It describes how he found his voice by teaching Creative Writing and all of the other classes he taught in the many different schools he taught. It was in the last school he taught as a teacher for creative writing, after 30 years of teaching, that was instrumental for him write his first highly popular book, Angela's Ashes about his childhood in Ireland. I recommend this book as part of the series o [...]


  • Almost As Good As "Angela's Ashes"McCourties of the world rejoice! You have nothing to lose but your tears of woe anticipating when he'd return with his next book; the foremost memoirist of our time is back. Frank McCourt's "Teacher Man" is a spellbinding lyrical ode to the craft of teaching. It is a rollicking, delightful trek across nearly thirty years in New York City public school classrooms that will surely please his devout legion of fans, and perhaps win some new admirers too. Truly, with [...]


  • I've always loved to read about teachers' experiences and methods, so Frank Court's Teacher Man perfectly matched my horizon of expectations, so to speak. It was emotional, entertaining, interesting and, of course, instructive. I especially liked the apparently random memories, and the fact that he insists upon personal events only when they have an impact on his teaching. I think it would have been a joy to see him in front of his students with his unorthodox but such efficient method of teachi [...]


  • Cuốn này mình thấy không hay như mong đợi lắm. Chắc bởi mình thấy mấy chuyện tác giả kể cũng thường thường, hoặc do nhà mình cũng liên quan một tí đến giáo dục. Đọc cứ thấy lê thê, dài dòng không đáng có nên mình drop luôn.


  • This is an unabridged version, read by author, running for 9 hours.teacher man - frank mccourt - read by the authortbr busting 2013winter 2012/2013fraudioirish rootmemoirschoolzypub 2005hm, ok - 2*--------------------Teacher Man is a 2005 memoir written by Frank McCourt which describes and reflects on his teaching experiences in New York high schools and colleges.His pedagogy involves the students taking responsibility for their own learning, especially in his first school, McKee Vocational and [...]


  • "Người thầy" mở ra bằng cảnh tụi nhóc choai choai ở 1 trường nghề ném bánh mì kẹp vào nhau. Nhân vật tôi - ông thầy trẻ tuổi dạy văn trong buổi dạy đầu tiên chẳng biết xử sao với tụi nhóc. Sau khi đấu tranh tâm lý, "anh" thầy bèn nhặt chiếc bánh mì lên, ăn ngon lành! Tụi nhóc phục lăn, nhưng sau đó anh bị hiệu trưởng gọi ra khiển trách vìdám ăn trưa ngay giữa lớp lúc 9h sáng.Bắt đầu t [...]


  • I had read this one before, but decided to listen to the audio version from the library because #1 it's good, and #2 it's read by the author. Hearing the author made it even better the second time around. His accent is great, and his sense of humor comes through better on the audio. A couple times, as he tells a story, he chuckles, and it's so great I had to rewind to hear it again.



  • Aunque a veces tiene un humor demasiado amargo (o adulto) y presuntuoso sigue siendo un libro casi excelente. La descripción de lo que es ser un profesor y los ejemplos cotidianos ah, es tan inspirador y a la vez tan cierto. Siendo profesora yo misma, y años después, puedo decir que los alumnos no han cambiado. Tampoco los que luchamos contra ellos y, a la vez, procuramos amarlos. Porque sí, hay mucho amor involucrado, y es que no puede hacerse esa labor de otra manera.Consuela, además, sab [...]


  • I read Teacher Man on a whim. I read Angela's Ashes seemingly in a past life, and scarcely remember much of it. Did he throw up his communion wafers, & did the priest chastise him for rejecting the body of Christ? And do I remember him having to lick it up? Was there also some closing section that involved the long death of a sweetheart to tuberculosis, or am I confusing that with Van Morrison's "T.B. Sheets"?Teacher Man doesn't demand extensive knowledge of Frank McCourt's other two memoirs [...]


  • Questo è il terzolibro di Frank Mc Court che leggo. Il primo è stato Le ceneri di Angela, romanzo che lo ha portato all'attenzione del pubblico in modo piuttosto prepotente. Tra i due, temporalmente parlando, se ne colloca un altro, Che paese, l'America. Scrivere ha decisamente cambiato la vita di questo irlandese nato a New York, tornato poi in Irlanda e, successivamente, ancora in America. Benchè il suo amore per la scrittura risalga ai primi anni di vita, solo quando raggiunse la considere [...]


  • i'm fascinated, as usual by the negative reviews of this book. ive never read anything that spoke to me about teaching the way this book did, and about the rest of the stuff we're all to deal with in general. perhaps the people who dont get it arent rebels at heartrhaps they are individuals who havent had a boss scold them or perhaps theyve just always felt in control. but i am grateful for this book, and moreso for frank mc court writing about everything he chose to detail in all three, angela' [...]


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