by Sukey HowardNovember, 1999
'Tis the season of Frank McCourt
The movie version of his best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, Angela's Ashes, will premier in December, and 'Tis (6 hours; unabridged, $49.95, 14 hours, 0671045555), its eagerly anticipated sequel, is on tape with the author reading in his now well-known and beguiling brogue. McCourt begins where he left off it's 1949 and he's on a boat bound for New York and all its golden promises. The golden sheen tarnishes fast as Frank discovers that he's traded the poverty of Limerick for the poverty of Manhattan, but then he's drafted, goes to college on the G.I. Bill, and becomes a high school English teacher, with more than a bit of back-breaking work in between. But with a McCourt-told-tale, it's the telling that's the treat. It's his glorious way with words, his wit, warmth, irrepressible spirit, and humanity that make the story what it is and it's a fine story, too, one that makes you laugh and cry and believe that dreams can still come true. In all, 'Tis is an audio joy for sure.