Therefore, like memories, the possibility exists that they may be inaccurate or willfully distorted (Memoir (Genre), University of California Berkeley Information Services and Technology). Not only do the memoirs show how the authors’ childhood experiences shape their lives, they also provide explanations of how they were able to take their situations and turn them into a successful life and career. It is apparent that there are numerous similarities in the lives and memoirs of A Monk Swimming by Malachy McCourt and The Glass Castle; those similarities and the slight differences are discussed throughout the essay. Malachy McCourt grows up in Limerick, Munster, Ireland in a household riddled with familial difficulties and tragedies. While he is young, his four year-old sister Margaret dies, and then his twin siblings Eugene and Oliver. .
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