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Tommy's Tale: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, October 21, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
I gave this book three stars for one reason only, I found the story itself interesting, even if it was over-dramatized. The story's protagonist is 29 year old Tommy, who lives in London. He has a fear of commitment, doing without his daily drugs, and being unable to live a free and wild lifestyle. He begins to question his life when he meets a new boyfriend with a son named Finn. Can Tommy make a commitment, and at the same time become a father? Can he give up drugs, and his wild nightlife?
This is a easy read, but I found by the end of the book, I could care less about the Tommy character, who is too self-centered, dramatic, and lacking in real emotion. Charlie, Sadie and Bobby were much more likable. Will I read the next book by Cumming's? Yes. This is a debut novel, so we will see if this fine screenwriter and actor, turns out to be a fine novelist in the future, too.
Tommy is an arm-chair philosopher as well and has opinions on practically every subject. For example, he abhors the term "making love". "Making love sounds like a hobby, don't you think? Like a kit you'd buy from B&Q. It sounds like a Marks and Spencer frozen meal. It sounds like death, and if you didn't get it you were out of the picture." And in what must be a first in fiction, Tommy gives a page and a half treatise on the dilemma men face in choosing whether to stand or sit while urinating.
Mr. Cumming is certainly a clever and amusing writer. A character paints the town puce. Another character is described as "the aforementioned artist formerly known as girlfriend." And Tommy wonders why no one has ever told the queen "how weird her hair looks." (I wonder about that, myself, since the press tells her almost daily how weird her family is.Read more ›
As he approaches his thirtieth birthday however, Tommy suddenly finds himself faced with the very emotions and feelings he's been trying so hard to avoid. It seems like everyone is telling him to grow up, including his sort-of boyfriend Charlie, who is ready for more of a commitment. Even Charlie's charming eight-year-old son wants Tommy to be more responsible and be his "second daddy". Most demanding, though, is Tommy's own desire to have a true family of his own.
Tommy's bad decisions continue to pile up, and he resorts to more and more drug use in an effort to stem the rising tide of depression. Will he be able to overcome his excesses and be the man his friends and family need him to be?
This is Alan Cumming's first novel, but I'm hoping it won't be his last. Cumming is better known for his Tony Award-winning turn as the emcee in Cabaret. He has also starred in quite a few recent movies, including his critically acclaimed cowritten, coproduced, codirected and costarred The Anniversary Party. Cumming writes in a very personal style. It feels as if you are having a conversation with an old friend in your favorite bar. He has a knack for capturing the small things in life that make his story feel all the more real. This isn't for the moralistic or squeamish.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you like Alan Cumming's other stuff, I would urge you to read this. Got some wit in there. It is a bit over dramatic, but it makes it good.Published 4 months ago by Charli Frisky
I really really like Alan Cumming and I def wanted to love this book. I found it a tad bit confusing in the very beginning as his bf's name is Charlie but he also calls coke... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Meece
This book reminded me of Nick Hornby's About A Boy, except with more drugs, sex and rock and roll. The writing is very gimmicky and easy to read. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Wash Parry
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Fun read. I liked that Tommy was a "real" person with real issues -- and had friends to help pull him back from the edge.Published on July 4, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I ordered my book on november 18th and didn't get it until december 18th. other than that, the book arrived in great condition!
as for the book itself, it is WONDERFUL! Read more
I was very excited about this book, as I adore Alan Cumming beyond all reason. But the book is...not so good. It's not entirely terrible, but it is very disappointing. Read morePublished on October 22, 2009 by Marie L
If your an Alan Cumming fan and like sassy, sexy wit, than you will love this book. I have bought it 3 times as gifts because everyone has to read it at some point in their life.Published on June 13, 2006 by Floater Chick