Death Need Not Be Fatal by Malachy McCourt

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Read Death Need Not Be Fatal Online Free - Before he runs out of time, Irish bon vivant MALACHY MCCOURT shares his views on death - sometimes hilarious and often poignant - and on what will or won't happen after his last breath is drawn.

During the course of his life, Malachy McCourt practically invented the single's bar; was a pioneer in talk radio, a soap opera star, a best-selling author; a gold smuggler, a political activist, and a candidate for governor of the state of New York.

It seems that the only two things he hasn't done are stick his head into a lion's mouth and die. Since he is allergic to cats, he decided to write about the great hereafter and answer the question on most minds: What's so great about it anyhow?

In Death Need Not Be Fatal, McCourt also trains a sober eye on the tragedies that have shaped his life: the deaths of his sister and twin brothers; the real story behind Angela's famous ashes; and a poignant account of the death of the man who left his mother, brothers, and him to nearly die in squalor. McCourt writes with deep emotion of the staggering losses of all three of his brothers, Frank, Mike, and Alphie. In his inimitable way, McCourt takes the grim reaper by the lapels and shakes the truth out of him.

As he rides the final blocks on his Rascal scooter, he looks too at the prospect of his own demise with emotional clarity and insight. In this beautifully rendered memoir, McCourt shows us how to live life to its fullest, how to grow old without acting old, and how to die without regret.

Title : Death Need Not Be Fatal
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ISBN : 1478917059
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Jim rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 30, 2017

Not being one to watch television, I had never heard of this particular McCourt before I saw his book highly rated on this site. I borrowed the book based on the promise that it would give some hope or insight into the nothingness that follows old age....inspirational, some call it. I was ready t...

Morris rated it ★★★★★

August 10, 2017

Words cannot even begin to describe how much I adore Malachy McCourt. First introduced to him through my all-time favorite book, “Angela’s Ashes,” it’s been a wonderful journey learning more about him through his own works. This is a bittersweet novel about death that evokes both tears and a lot...

Lee rated it ★★★★☆

March 22, 2017

Despite the rather weighty subject matter, I felt like I was able to speed through this book like it was a lighthearted and cheerful read. I am not like Malachy McCourt, I do fear death. It sometimes becomes a bit of an obsession for me and it can even be terrifying. But in 'Death Need Not Be Fat...

Kressel rated it ★★★★☆

July 12, 2017

Fans of the McCourt brothers will be sorry to hear that Malachy, though second oldest, is the last survivor among them. Now in his mid-eighties, he has applied his irreverent sense of humor to that most taboo of subjects: death. His first brush with death is one that McCourt readers will already...

Melissa rated it ★★★☆☆

May 16, 2017

Malachy McCourt’s farewell to a life lived, if not always well, but fully, is like attending the wake of an old friend. With humor and regret, about evenly mixed, he tells the story of the deaths of his brothers and sisters, of his parents, and of friends he has known. While his body is wearing o...

Susan rated it ★★★★☆

May 18, 2017

To say that Mr. McCourt has seen a few things in his eighty plus years is an understatement. Growing up in poverty in Limerick, Ireland he escaped back to New York, where he had been born, to find work as a young man as well as create a new life for himself. Over the course of his long life, he h...

Jt rated it ★★★★☆

June 18, 2017

The title might suggest a difficult read but that was not my experience. Death Need Not Be Fatal reads like a memoir made even richer by the age of the author. This is no memoir written by a 30 year old but rather the warm recollections of an 85 year old man. I found the book to be a blend of war...

Deborah rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 05, 2017

Charming and ultimately life affirming. Adding to the enjoyment, a personal connection to so many of the places in and around NYC where his smart and funny stories occur - including the hospice where his brother died. (I used to volunteer there.)

Gail rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 07, 2017

I enjoyed Mr. McCourt's previous books. This one I felt, was only issued to obtain income. I didn't find it enjoyable. I probably had some preconceived idea of his style of writing. This didn't seem to be his at all.

Laurie rated it ★★★★☆

June 21, 2017

Delightful, to the point, funny and heart warming. I could hear Malachy's lilting Irish and, what must surely be, his impish smile, in each and every word. I felt like he was in the room speaking to me and whoever else wanted to join me. This is my first read of a book by any McCourt, having hear...

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