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The scenes, feelings, emotions were all very descriptive and the events were described with great interest.
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Once I started reading 'Tis, I could not stop reading until the end.
The review of this Book prepared by Al Hewitt

‘Tis is the ending that Angela's Ashes required and the reader learns that some of Frank's parent's problems have come home to roost. Despite his ability to succeed in America, Frank finds himself trapped in dysfunctional relationships and making several alcohol-induced blunders. Frank's observations/experiences about America/Education in the 50's, 60's, and into the 70's seem very fresh through his Irish eyes (2 holes in the snow they may be). With this, ‘Tis takes on a more historical/documentary feel rather than a personal memoir. My wife felt that Frank whined a bit in ‘Tis and I'd agree that some of the later chapters about his teaching experiences contain some unnecessary tangents. You are left with Frank McCourt's bitter/sweet feelings on the death of Angela in New York and finally Malachy Sr. in Belfast.
The review of this Book prepared by James P. Crowley

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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   teacher Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Irish Gender/Class story?    -   immigrant story Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   general poverty story Family, hate    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father    -   Wife Family, love    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   mother If this is a culture clash:    -   visiting a different culture    -   minority culture living in majority area Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   Irish


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   Ireland    -   Germany City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   sewers/subways Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged    -   thoughtful    -   like laughing Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   descript. of female anat. (the big B's)    -   actual description of hetero sex If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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