Friday, April 24, 2009
A Long Stone's Throw
first published November 2008
10 hours, 57 minutes (audio book)
First there was Frank (you know, the dude who wrote Angela's Ashes). Then there was Malachy (who I haven't read, and therefore can't name a book off-hand, although I know he's written a few). Now, there's Alphie, the baby of the McCourt family, who felt compelled to add his two cents to the family lore.
Thing is, Alphie can write. He can also narrate (I listened to the audio book), although he does sound a wee bit like Elmer Fudd on occasion. That proved to be a bit of a distraction at times, as it made me giggle, especially when he said fewocious.
Alphie starts his story in the middle, after he immigrates to the US from Ireland. The first third of his story focuses on his struggles to find work, gain a green card, and figure out what he wants to do with his life. Then, he flips back to the beginning, telling of his childhood spent mostly in poverty in Ireland. Finally, he moves back to the US and his adult years and his ongoing search for a career and stability. This last third dragged at times, especially since Alphie's life turned pretty mundane. The story also came to an abrupt halt, although honestly, it could have ended a few hours prior.
I can understand his need to tell his story, since his brother's have received much acclaim. Thing is, I'm not sure his story needed to be told. As I said before, he does have a way with words, and that (and the few songs he sings in the audio version) made this reasonably entertaining.
Also, thanks again to Kathy for the contest in which I won my copy of this audio book. I'm still new to the world of audio books, and I'm having fun trying out different books. I'm finding I do much better with non-fiction...for some reason it's easier for me to concentrate and follow. My current audio book choice is A Mercy, and I'm failing miserably at staying focused and understanding the story. In fact, Toni's about to be tossed aside for Bill Bryson.