A Monk Swimming: A Memoir by Malachy McCourt (Paperback, 1998)
A Monk Swimming: A Memoir by Malachy McCourt (Paperback, 1998)
A Monk Swimming: A Memoir by Malachy McCourt (Paperback, 1998)
A Monk Swimming: A Memoir by Malachy McCourt (Paperback, 1998)
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A secondhand book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover, including very minimal scuff marks, and an air bubble where the laminating has come unstuck at the bottom of the front cover, but no holes or tears. The first page has the invoice sticky-taped to it, and something written in pen at the top right of the page. All other pages are undamaged, with no creasing or tearing, no pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages.

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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 semi-regular 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." 

 

 Paperback | 304 pages

 132 x 203 x 23mm | 363g

 

Hachette Books

 New York, NY, United States

 English

 0786884142

 9780786884148