| 'Tis |
by Frank McCourt
| 30 points (ABA: 2nd; NYT: 4th; USA Today: 4th; Amazon.com: 4th) |
| Content Continuing the story begun in Angela's Ashes, McCourt describes his search for sex, his encounters with hypocritical priests and other religious folk, his time in bars, his excuses for failure. |
Gist Life is hard, especially for McCourt, an Irishman with bad eyes, bad teeth, and a fondness for alcohol learned from his father.
Worldview Cynicism. Life is full of misery, which the simple-minded relieve with religion and the poet relieves with drink.
Caution Obscenities, profanities, and crude descriptions.