A Monk Swimming

A Monk Swimming

A Memoir

Large Print - 1998
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From the brother of Angela's Ashes author comes a darkly funny, shockingly raw, tell-all story of a man's struggle to face his homeland struggles in the foreign land of America.In 1952 Malachy McCourt left a poverty stricken childhood and the painful memories of a drunken, absent father and humiliations of Angela, his mother in Limerick, Ireland, for the promise of America.Residing in New York City Malachy carved out a place for himself: in saloons, mixing with socialites, writers and movie stars; and using his wry humor to become a Tonight Show regular. He thought he had put his past to rest.As the memories of his past slowly creep back he tries to run from them by delving into a seedy underworld of alcohol unbridled fun. Finding nothing but arrests, jail time and mishaps, Malachy had no choice but to stop, turn and face his past.This is the distinctively honest story of what he brought and what he left behind.
Publisher: Rockland, MA : Wheeler, c1998
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781568956718
1568956711
Branch Call Number: 974.71043/McCO

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May 27, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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This story of an Irish Rogue is full of tales of drunkenness, sexual conquests and criminal activity. I'm not sure how I ended up with this book, but I will read the sequel to find out if he turns his life around.. McCourt is a complelling storyteller and his life story is fascinating despite the darker side. I still have no idea who he is, apart from Frank McCourt's brother (Angela's Ashes), but he appears to be some kind of American success and a prolific writer. Those who remember the 50's and 60's will likely be more familiar with some of the famous politicians, actors and characters he discusses.

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