A Monk Swimming

A Monk Swimming

Book - 1998
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Slapped with a libel suit after an appearance on a talk show, Malachy McCourt crows, "If they could only see me now in the slums of Limerick, a big shot, sued for a million. Bejesus, isn't America a great and wonderful country?" His older brother Frank's Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, Angela's Ashes, took its somber tone from the bleak atmosphere of those slums, while Malachy's boisterous recollections are fueled by his zestful appreciation for the opportunities and oddities of his native land.

He and Frank were born in Brooklyn, moved with their parents to Ireland as children, then returned to the States as adults. This book covers the decade 1952-63, when Malachy roistered across the U.S., Europe, and Asia, but spent most of his time in New York City. There his ready wit and quick tongue won him an acting job with the Irish Players, a semiregular stint on The Tonight Show hosted by Jack Paar, and friendships with some well-heeled, well-born types who shared his fondness for saloon life and bankrolled him in an East Side saloon that may have been the first singles bar. He chronicles those events--and many others--with back-slapping bonhomie.

Although McCourt acknowledges the personal demons that pursued him from his poverty-stricken childhood and destroyed his first marriage, this is on the whole an exuberant autobiography that pays tribute to the joys of a freewheeling life.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780786863983
0786863986
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 25 cm

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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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May 27, 2008

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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