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By Alphie McCourt

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A Long Stone's Throw
By Alphie McCourt
Read by Alphie McCourt
Hachette Audio, (2008)
An Unabridged Recording on 9 CDs
ISBN 13: 978-1-60024-502-2
Genre: Memoir

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - December 19, 2008

Following in the tradition of his brothers: Frank McCourt and Malachy McCourt, Alphie McCourt has penned his own memoir, called A Long Stone's Throw. The youngest of four brothers, Alphie McCourt demonstrates in this book that he is as fine an author as his brothers, who wrote such monumental best sellers as Angela's Ashes, 'Tis, and Teacher Man, which where written by Frank McCourt, and Singing My Him Song, Claddagh Ring, and A Monk Swimming which was written by his brother Malachy McCourt.

As with his brother's books, A Long Stone's Throw chronicles the miserable and impoverished life that the McCourt boys led while growing up in Limerick, Ireland. The book then follows Alphie he flees to America to start a new life for himself, following a well-worn trail laid out by his older brothers Frank, Malachy and Michael. There he pursued a rather normal life, punctuated by bouts of drunkenness and drug use as this aimless and uncertain young man wandered around the country, working at a variety of odd jobs before settling down. He eventually went on to own several bars and restaurants, while also working as a writer. Alphie's work has appeared in a number of publications, including the Washington Post, The Villager, the Limerick Leader and Icons magazine, proving that he is not sliding along on his brother's coattails with the publication of this book.

While not as gritty as his brother's memoirs, Alphie's writing in his own memoir, A Long Stone's Throw, is touching and sometimes humourous book, making it a cozy book to listen to or read. This is not a tale of high adventure. Rather, it is a rather ordinary story about an ordinary man told in poetic prose, with candor, and with a heart-felt warmth that will make you think back upon this memoir with fond memories, almost as if this tale was told to you by an old friend one cold night, while sitting in front of a blazing fire.


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