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The Resource A monk swimming : a memoir, Malachy McCourt

A monk swimming : a memoir, Malachy McCourt

Label
A monk swimming : a memoir
Title
A monk swimming
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Malachy McCourt
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1952, travelling steerage, Malachy McCourt left a childhood of poverty in Limerick, Ireland, heading for the promise of America. This is the story of what he brought with him, and what he thought he left behind. Armed with savage humor and a gift for storytelling, fueled by rage and the desire never to go hungry again, he ran from memories of a drunken, vanished father and the humiliations of Angela, his mother. He arrived in a New York reminiscent of a Damon Runyon saga - a dark, glittering place, with saloons on every corner, and a new story waiting every night. Larger than life, a world-class drinker, McCourt carved out a place for himself: in the saloons, as the first celebrity bartender, mixing with socialites, writers, and movie stars; on stage, performing the works of James Joyce and Brendan Behan; and on television, where the tales he spun made him a Tonight Show regular. He had money and women and, eventually, children of his own; and that's when he found he had not left his memories as far behind as he had thought. From the notorious Tombs prison of New York City, to poolside arrests in Beverly Hills; in the company of gold-smugglers in Zurich and whores in Calcutta; from Paris, to Rome, and to Limerick once more, McCourt fled again, until he had no choice but to stop and turn and face his past
Summary
The author offers a memoir of life in New York City during the freewheeling 1960s, detailing his quest for fame and fortune, family life, battle with alcoholism, and reunion with his long-estranged father
Tone
Writing style
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
222015
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 974.7/1043/092
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
F128.9.I6
LC item number
M376 1998
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
A monk swimming : a memoir, Malachy McCourt
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
14578009
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
290 pages
Isbn
9780786863983
Lccn
97046720
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)ocm38024074
Label
A monk swimming : a memoir, Malachy McCourt
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
14578009
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
290 pages
Isbn
9780786863983
Lccn
97046720
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)ocm38024074

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