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This story starts in October 1949 Frank arrives in America Frank has returned to New York in search of the American Dream This self-conscious 19-year-old with his oily face red eyes and bad teeth has plans to become a writer or teacher of some sort and make a decent living in New York He starts out as a Hotel boy but that doesnt work out due to his bad eyes He joins the army and trains German Shepards He then becomes a typist and writes messages for the army After his tenure is up for serving the army he comes back to New York to see his old girlfriend but she is disappointed in him for working in warehouses in the spare time for money and leaves him for an insurance sales man Frank then studies to become an insurance sales man after that doesnt work out he studies in college to become a teacher In college he meets his future wife Alberta Around this time his brothers Malachy and Michael both start a business in bar tending and become infamous Frank gets his job as a teacher and begins teaching at a high school Here he learns the ropes to teaching and over coming his fear of speaking in public with his Irish accent or brogue little in common with the healthy self-assured college students he sees on the subway and dreams of joining in the classroom Initially his American experience is as harrowing as his impoverished youth in Ireland including two of the grimmest Christmases ever described in literature McCourt views the US through the same sharp eye and with the same dark humor that distinguished his first memoir race prejudice casual cruelty and dead-end jobs weigh on his spirits as he searches for a way out A glimpse of hope comes from the army where he acquires some white-collar skills and from New York University which admits him without a high school
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