- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Dey Street Books; Reprint edition (May 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062225073
- ISBN-13: 978-0062225078
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,618 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not My Father's Son: A Memoir Paperback – May 5, 2015
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Alan Cumming’s moving memoir NOT MY FATHER’S SON is a beautiful book—sad, funny, haunting, surprising, suspenseful, gut-wrenching, endearing. It will linger inside of you long after you turn the final page. (Harlan Coben, author of New York Times bestsellers Missing You and Six Years)
“Equal parts memoir, whodunnit, and manual for living, NOT MY FATHER’S SON is a beautifully written, honest look at the forces of blood and bone that make us what we are, and how we make ourselves. I was completely sucked in.” (Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods and Ocean at the End of the Lane)
From the Back Cover
Dark, painful memories can be put away to be forgotten. Until one day they all flood back in horrible detail.
When television producers approached Alan Cumming to appear on a popular celebrity genealogy show, he hoped to solve the mystery of his maternal grandfather's disappearance that had long cast a shadow over his family. But this was not the only mystery laid before Alan.
Alan grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alex Cumming, Alan's father, whom Alan had not seen or spoken to for more than a decade when he reconnected just before filming for Who Do You Think You Are? began. He had a secret he had to share, one that would shock his son to his very core and set into motion a journey that would change Alan's life forever.
With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.
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I was interested to read more about what had made this extraordinary man.
His memoir is every bit as wonderful as he is. It is innocent and still too wise. It is sad and lovely. Heartbreaking violence towards a child is slipped in next to celebrity memories. His wondering about where he could come from is written with longing and the same enthusiasm with which he distances himself from the father he knows is part of his past.
But even as we explore the answers to his mysteries we see what Alan does not. He is his fathers son in absolute negative. Where his father looks over a small child to find fault, Cumming writes about his father with grace. Perhaps, he posits, there were good and happy times with his father that he and his brother were just too traumatized to remember. Where his father rages, Cummings is gentle and wry. Alan looks deeply and he sees.
Cummings is a lovely writer. Each vignette hands the reader one small part of him. It is up to the reader to put them together. Along the way we are treated to thoughts on what Shakespeare would be doing if he were alive today, the Eurovision Song contest, and the story of his blue sweater vest. His fathers relentless cruelty never diminishes but Alan grows far beyond it.
He makes it beautiful
The book is very well written. I felt I was right there along with Mr. Cummings whether he was describing the countryside, the people he met, the countries he visited, the home atmosphere, whatever situation he experienced - they're all so well laid out that the reader is right there and feels every disturbing or happy sensation along with him.
Kudos to you Mr. Cumming. Since I was first aware of your work in Cabaret I have been a fan. Had I not been, I would certainly be after reading your book. Thank you so much. I'm deeply thankful to you that I bought it. I even transferred the book to my husband so he could read it and realize he was not alone in receiving similar cruel punishment in his childhood.
Thank you for sharing with your readers. Best of luck Mr. Cumming. May you continue to inspire your audiences for many, many more years in all the roles you play and and in your private life. In another 25 years, please write a sequel which I'm sure will be as interesting although totally different.
Cuming's writing is forthright, powerful, and his story grabs you from the very first page. Some chapters tell stories from his youth. Others are more contemporary and revolve around a British genealogy program which helps Cuming uncover some of his own story.
It's a quick read and an interesting one.
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A great read!