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Teacher Man: A Memoir
by Frank McCourt

Published: 2005-09-19
Paperback : 258 pages
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, mega-bestselling author who wore his celebrity with extraordinary grace comes a magnificently appealing book about teaching and about how one great storyteller found his voice.

Frank McCourt became an unlikely star when, at the age of sixty-six, he burst ...
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Introduction

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, mega-bestselling author who wore his celebrity with extraordinary grace comes a magnificently appealing book about teaching and about how one great storyteller found his voice.

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.

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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Prologue

If I knew anything about Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis I'd be able to trace all my troubles to my miserable childhood in Ireland. That miserable childhood deprived me of self-esteem, triggered spasms of self pity, paralyzed my emotions, made me cranky, envious and disrespectful of authority, retarded my development, crippled my doings with the opposite sex, kept me from rising in the world and made me unfit, almost, for human society. How I became a teacher at all and remained one is a miracle and I have to give myself full marks for surviving all those years in the classrooms of New York. There should be a medal for people who survive miserable childhoods and become teachers, and I should be first in line for the medal and whatever bars might be appended for ensuing miseries. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions from HarperCollins UK:

What is most appealing about Frank McCourt and his stories? How does he draw from his past to help him in the present with his teaching?

In what way does The Teacher Man extend and develop our image of Frank as a person? What are your feelings towards Frank the teacher compared to Frank as a child? You might wish to think about how you reacted to his character for each of his three books. Are there any similarities and differences? What is your overall impression of the man and his life?

What makes great memoirs? What specific elements help to make the memories more vivid and real?

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by Cherypit (see profile) 04/30/16

 
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by bsting (see profile) 01/27/16

 
  "Teacher Man - Angela's Ashes still his best work"by stargazer (see profile) 10/19/09

 
  "The middle life of Frank McCourt"by lejeunemary (see profile) 06/17/08

Enjoyed parts

 
  "Not a favorite"by karenannmoore (see profile) 03/28/08

I loved Angela's Ashes and was really looking forward to this story. But the more I read the more whiny I thought he was... I ran out of time to finish it before our book club and after our discussion,... (read more)

 
  "We were disappointed!"by Diane860 (see profile) 10/25/07

While most book club members did not like the book, we had a good discussion at book club (which usually happens whether or not we like the book). Of the thirteen who attended, only one mem... (read more)

 
  "The "Coming Alive in Room 105" Section was my favorite section."by mak1653 (see profile) 12/08/06

I had enjoyed Angela's Ashes and Tis, so I thought I might also enjoy Teacher Man. Although it was somewhat slow at the beginning, it was interesting to follow Frank's journey to maturity as both a man... (read more)

 
  "Very interesting memoir..."by Russa415 (see profile) 12/08/06

It was a good book. Sometimes it was hard to follow who Frank was talking to, but there were some humorous moments.

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