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'A Monk Swimming : A Memoir' by Malachy McCourt
Picador 1998, large softcover, 290 pages.
In very good condition, all pages clean.

Malachy McCourt's bestselling autobiography.

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. 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.

Armed with savage humour and a gift for storytelling, fueled by rage and the desire never to go hungry again, he ran from the memories of a drunken, vanished father and the humiliations of Angela, his mother.

Larger than life, a world-class drinker, McCourt carved out a place for himself: in the saloons, as the first celebrity bartender, mixing with socialities, writers and movie stars; on stage, performing the works of James Joyce and Brendan Behan; and on television, where the tale he spun made him a 'Tonight Show' regular.

He had money and women and eventually children of his own - and the legacy of his father. 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 face his past.

Darkly funny, shockingly raw, Malachy McCourt, a true original, tells his story with passion, wit, irreverence, and charm.
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