A Monk Swimming

A Monk Swimming
Author: Malachy Mccourt
Pages: 304
ISBN: 0786884142
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Release: 1999-06-02
Editor: Hyperion
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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.

A Monk Swimming

A Monk Swimming
Author: Malachy McCourt
Pages: 290
ISBN: 0330361546
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Release: 1999
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The memoirs of Malachy McCourt who left a childhood of poverty in Ireland to live in New York where he carved out a colourful career as a writer and actor - The story of his early life was told in Angela's ashes, by his brother Frank McCourt.

A Monk Swimming

A Monk Swimming
Author: Malachy McCourt
Pages: 296
ISBN: 1566494168
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Release: 2022-02
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Malachy McCourt was already famous as an actor, saloon-keeper, and late-night TV personality when his brother Frank's Angela's Ashes was published. That book introduced the incorrigible, indomitable Malachy to a worldwide audience; his memoir, A Monk Swimming, picks up his rollicking story.Born in Brooklyn and raised in the lanes of Limerick, Malachy returns to New York at age 20. After stints in the Air Force and as a longshoreman, he parlays his gifts of gab and conviviality into an ownership position at Malachy's--the first singles' bar--where glamorous women from the Barbizon Hotel could stop in for a tipple and flirt. He hilariously recounts many madcap adventures, from selling Bibles on Fire Island and smuggling gold in Zurich to acting with the Irish Players and a semi-regular gig on Jack Paar's Tonight Show. In A MONK SWIMMING, Malachy's genius for storytelling and language will have you laughing till you weep.

A Monk Swimming

A Monk Swimming
Author: Malachy McCourt
Pages: 290
ISBN: 0007116837
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Release: 2001
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The title is derived from the young Malachy's mishearing of the words amongst women in the Hail Mary. Here, he tells the story of his hell-raising days when he left Ireland and went in search of fame, fortune and fun in New York.

A Monk Swimming

A Monk Swimming
Author: Malachy McCourt
Pages: 290
ISBN: 0006531156
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Release: 1999
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

George F. Kennan's strategic thought was instrumental in the formulation of the American grand strategy of containment of the Soviet Union. As Dr. Russell points out, Kennan's strategic thought was forged in the diplomatic practice and scholarship of the time. Russell looks beyond containment, however, to sift through Kennan's work to illuminate the worldview that informed his analysis of international relations and American foreign policy. Kennan's realist worldview contained principles for governing American diplomacy and the use of force to achieve national interests within the bounds set by the international competition for power between nation-states. Kennan's worldview illuminates the continuities of international politics that are often overlooked because of the massive changes in the post-Cold War world. Ironically, Kennan's worldview continues to provide a theoretical footing for guiding American foreign policy after containment. This is an important study for scholars, policymakers, and concerned citizens interested in international relations, American foreign policy, diplomatic history, and strategic studies.

A Monk Swimming

A Monk Swimming
Author: Malachy McCourt
Pages: 290
ISBN: OCLC:824550973
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Release: 2021
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Blessed Art Thou a Monk Swimming

Blessed Art Thou a Monk Swimming
Author: Miriam Dunne
Pages: 218
ISBN: 0747258473
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Release: 1998-06-04
Editor: Headline Review
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This is a young girl's detached and ironic narrative of her youth in the suburbs of Dublin, living with her irresponsible but charming father, her aloof mother a histrionic sister. There are traces of a dark secret somewhere in the family.

Death Need Not Be Fatal

Death Need Not Be Fatal
Author: Malachy McCourt,Brian McDonald
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781478917052
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Release: 2017-05-16
Editor: Center Street
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Before he runs out of time, Irish bon vivant MALACHY MCCOURT shares his views on death - sometimes hilarious and often poignant - and on what will or won't happen after his last breath is drawn. During the course of his life, Malachy McCourt practically invented the single's bar; was a pioneer in talk radio, a soap opera star, a best-selling author; a gold smuggler, a political activist, and a candidate for governor of the state of New York. It seems that the only two things he hasn't done are stick his head into a lion's mouth and die. Since he is allergic to cats, he decided to write about the great hereafter and answer the question on most minds: What's so great about it anyhow? In Death Need Not Be Fatal, McCourt also trains a sober eye on the tragedies that have shaped his life: the deaths of his sister and twin brothers; the real story behind Angela's famous ashes; and a poignant account of the death of the man who left his mother, brothers, and him to nearly die in squalor. McCourt writes with deep emotion of the staggering losses of all three of his brothers, Frank, Mike, and Alphie. In his inimitable way, McCourt takes the grim reaper by the lapels and shakes the truth out of him. As he rides the final blocks on his Rascal scooter, he looks too at the prospect of his own demise with emotional clarity and insight. In this beautifully rendered memoir, McCourt shows us how to live life to its fullest, how to grow old without acting old, and how to die without regret.

Monk Swimming

Monk Swimming
Author: Malachy McCourt
Pages: 329
ISBN: 061317643X
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Release: 1998-01-01
Editor: Turtleback
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Memoir of an Irish-American actor and writer as he drinks and carouses around New York City in the 1960s.

A Couple of Blaguards

A Couple of Blaguards
Author: Frank McCourt,Malachy McCourt
Pages: 96
ISBN: 1566499615
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Release: 2013-06-16
Editor: Welcome Rain
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A play written by brothers Frank and Malachy McCourt about growing up in Limerick, Ireland, and their journey to Brooklyn, New York, where they learn to incorporate the lessons learned from their hard Irish past.

Singing My Him Song

Singing My Him Song
Author: Malachy McCourt
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780007522712
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Release: 2014-06-26
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Malachy McCourt, actor, gadfly and raconteur follows up his international best seller A Monk Swimming with this, the second instalment of his hilarious memoirs.

Angela s Ashes

Angela s Ashes
Author: Frank McCourt
Pages: 364
ISBN: 9780684874357
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Release: 1996
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The author recounts his childhood in Depression-era Brooklyn as the child of Irish immigrants who decide to return to worse poverty in Ireland when his infant sister dies. 40,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo. First serial, The New Yorker.

Malachy McCourt s History of Ireland

Malachy McCourt s History of Ireland
Author: Malachy McCourt
Pages: 400
ISBN: 0762419652
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Release: 2004-09-07
Editor: Running Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the successful tradition of Thomas Cahill's modern-day classic, How the Irish Saved Civilization, here is an authoritative and completely engaging one-volume account of Irish history by County Limerick native, gifted storyteller, and bestselling author Malachy McCourt. Its pages are populated with figures from myth, legend, ancient history, and current events, from Cu Chulainn and Brian Boru to Oliver Cromwell, James Joyce, Lady Gregory, Gerry Adams, and Sinead O'Connor—some beloved, some controversial, but all with an undeniable influence on the course of Irish history and in turn, the history of the modern world. McCourt proves an irresistible guide on this vivid tour through the colorful and turbulent history of the Emerald Isle, from the Celtic settlements, through Viking and British occupations, modern troubles and struggle for independence. He also offers fresh insights on the country's cultural contributions to folklore, literature, art, music, and cuisine.

We Were Rich and We Didn t Know It

We Were Rich and We Didn t Know It
Author: Tom Phelan
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781501197109
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Release: 2020-03-03
Editor: Gallery Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“You don’t have to be Irish to cherish this literary gift—just being human and curious and from a family will suffice.” —Malachy McCourt, New York Times bestselling author of A Monk Swimming In the tradition of Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes and Alice Taylor’s To School Through the Fields, Tom Phelan’s We Were Rich and We Didn’t Know It is a heartfelt and masterfully written memoir of growing up in Ireland in the 1940s. Tom Phelan, who was born and raised in County Laois in the Irish midlands, spent his formative years working with his wise and demanding father as he sought to wrest a livelihood from a farm that was often wet, muddy, and back-breaking. It was a time before rural electrification, the telephone, and indoor plumbing; a time when the main modes of travel were bicycle and animal cart; a time when small farmers struggled to survive and turkey eggs were hatched in the kitchen cupboard; a time when the Church exerted enormous control over Ireland. We Were Rich and We Didn’t Know It recounts Tom’s upbringing in an isolated, rural community from the day he was delivered by the local midwife. With tears and laughter, it speaks to the strength of the human spirit in the face of life’s adversities.

Claddagh Ring

Claddagh Ring
Author: Malachy McCourt
Pages: 112
ISBN: 0762420146
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Release: 2004-12-14
Editor: Running Press Adult
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Bestselling author Malachy McCourt recounts the story of Ireland's timeless symbol of loyalty, friendship, and love, a ring design of two clasped hands that is worn by millions worldwide. Following the success of his Running Press titles Danny Boy and Voices of Ireland, McCourt explores this beloved icon of Irish heritage through vivid anecdotes, charming folk tales, and recent documented incidents. Said to have been first crafted more than 400 years ago in a fishing village on Galway Bay, there is much more to the story of the Claddagh ring than simple popular history, and McCourt tracks it down and recounts it with his stellar storytelling finesse.

The Night Swimmer

The Night Swimmer
Author: Matt Bondurant
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781451625318
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Release: 2012-01-10
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An “evocative and often lyrical” (San Francisco Chronicle) novel about a young American couple who win a pub on the southernmost tip of Ireland and become embroiled in the local violence and intrigue. The Night Swimmer, Matt Bondurant’s utterly riveting modern gothic novel of marriage and belonging, confirms his gift for storytelling that transports and enthralls. In a small town on the southern coast of Ireland, an isolated place only frequented by fishermen and the occasional group of bird-watchers, Fred and Elly Bulkington, newly arrived from Vermont having won a pub in a contest, encounter a wild, strange land shaped by the pounding storms of the North Atlantic, as well as the native resistance to strangers. As Fred revels in the life of a new pubowner, Elly takes the ferry out to a nearby island where anyone not born there is called a “blow-in.” To the disbelief of the locals, Elly devotes herself to open-water swimming, pushing herself to the limit and crossing unseen boundaries that drive her into the heart of the island’s troubles—the mysterious tragedy that shrouds its inhabitants and the dangerous feud between an enigmatic farmer and a powerful clan that has no use for outsiders. The poignant unraveling of a marriage, the fierce beauty of the natural world, the mysterious power of Irish lore, and the gripping story of strangers in a strange land rife with intrigue and violence—The Night Swimmer is a novel of myriad enchantments by a writer of extraordinary talent.

A Long Stone s Throw

A Long Stone s Throw
Author: Alphie McCourt
Pages: 267
ISBN: 0981453554
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Release: 2008
Editor: Sterling & Ross Pub Incorporated
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The youngest brother of Angela's Ashes author Frank McCourt describes his flight from his native Ireland in pursuit of his literary siblings, struggles with alcoholism, and efforts to raise a daughter with health challenges.

Voices Of Ireland

Voices Of Ireland
Author: Malachy McCourt
Pages: 1136
ISBN: 0762417013
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Release: 2004-01-19
Editor: Running Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Irish are renowned for their ability to tell a good story, and if there's one thing better than a well-told tale, it's a baker's dozen of them.This marvelous anthology edited by Malachy McCourt collects fiction, poetry, and essays by a variety of esteemed Irish writers over three centuries. From Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" to Oscar Wilde's The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Poems to James Joyce's Dubliners these literary masterpieces form a collective record of the modern Irish experience. Also includes informative biographies that help bring the passion and spirit of each writer into focus.

Through Irish Eyes

Through Irish Eyes
Author: Anonim
Pages: 64
ISBN: 0765108879
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Release: 1998
Editor: Smithmark Pub
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A visual tour of the specific churches, schools, row houses & other images of Limerick, Ireland that figure prominently in Frank McCourt's moving memoir.

Angela s Ashes

Angela s Ashes
Author: Frank McCourt
Pages: 426
ISBN: 0007727445
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Release: 2005
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

It is a story of extreme hardship and suffering, in Brooklyn tenements and Limerick slums – too many children, too little money, his mother Angela barely coping as his father Malachy's drinking bouts constantly brings the family to the brink of disaster. It is a story of courage and survival against apparently overwhelming odds.