Not My Father's Son - Alan Cumming

Not My Father's Son

By Alan Cumming

  • Release Date: 2014-10-07
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 231 Ratings

Description

“Equal parts memoir, whodunit, and manual for living . . . a beautifully written, honest look at the forces of blood and bone that make us who we are, and how we make ourselves.”  --Neil Gaiman

In his unique and engaging voice, the acclaimed actor of stage and screen shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.

A beloved star of stage, television, and film—“one of the most fun people in show business” (Time magazine)—Alan Cumming is a successful artist whose diversity and fearlessness is unparalleled. His success masks a painful childhood growing up under the heavy rule of an emotionally and physically abusive father—a relationship that tormented him long into adulthood.

When television producers in the UK approached him to appear on a popular celebrity genealogy show in 2010, Alan enthusiastically agreed. He hoped the show would solve a family mystery involving his maternal grandfather, a celebrated WWII hero who disappeared in the Far East. But as the truth of his family ancestors revealed itself, Alan learned far more than he bargained for about himself, his past, and his own father.

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 a film, television, and theater star. At times suspenseful, deeply moving, and wickedly funny, Not My Father’s Son will make readers laugh even as it breaks their hearts.

Reviews

  • Not My Father's Son

    3
    By Perky too
    I didn't dislike the book but I didn't really like it all that much. It was a bit too long and a lot more philosophical than it needed to be. Mr C states a lot of his thoughts more than once. He certainly had a miserable childhood and I agree that his father was mentally impaired. I give him a lot of credit for putting his life together and being such a success. An ok read if you like reading about celebrities.
  • Good Read!

    5
    By Broikido
    Amazing that Alan Cumming is such a gentle soul after such a horrible childhood. I don't want to say too much, but highly recommend
  • Two Days Spent

    5
    By Traci0626
    I have emotionally and spiritually spent the last two days with our dear Alan Cumming. I found it most intriguing and satisfying to both read the memoir and watch the showing of his episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” in measured spurts of either and both. Alan (I’ve spent two days with him, so I feel free with the casual moniker) has written so honestly and transparently of his childhood abuse and subsequent struggles that it reads like a heart-wrenching novel—evoking both laughter and tears as all good reads should. The added suspense and just knock-you-back-ness of the Tommy Darling story is really an amazing plot. I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed his writing style and his story. Thx, Alan :)
  • Closure

    5
    By SevenPaperMen
    While I have always admired Alan Cumming in movies, I never saw him as another person. He was an object I admired. Having read his memoir, he has reminded me that we are all people, with many stories to our being. I am incredibly thankful to read his story from his fingers but I'm indebted for the reminder that we all have a corner of the world we are responsible for. We do our best to survive it and come out better people for it but to share that knowledge and make your corner a better place for others is deserving of a word that isn't made up yet. Simply put, thank you, Alan.
  • Joyful

    5
    By MaryAnnRN87
    Mr. Cumming confronts the abuse of his father in an honest, powerful way, and embraces joy more fully. I read this in one sitting, absolutely could not wait to read each new revelation on his journey to also find out the truth of his late grandfather. Forgiving his father did not mean he condoned his father's actions or excused them, but forgiveness brings healing to the one who forgives.
  • Incredible story, incredible life.

    5
    By Gramz 1
    Thank you for this poignant book. Alan is an amazing man who has given us all insight to the suffering with his father. I grew up in a family of fourteen children. My father provided for us but never said he loved me or at least I don't remember him saying it to me. We grew estranged as the years went by so I have an idea of what Alan went thru. He is a better man than he father ever was because even after all that he went thru he forgave him. I enjoyed learning that his mother was a good wife and mother, much like my mother was. I love watching him act and I try to catch anything that he is in. I couldn't put the book down. It was a story I wanted to continue reading until the end. Thank You Alan.
  • Not My Fathers Son ::: by Alan Cunnings a memoir

    5
    By Sai,
    Well written ,interesting ,honesty with himself. I laugh when describe the changes to be acting and dressed like a woman, about nail technician,used products to dissolve hairs,the shoes,the silicone breast, the bras jajajaja and got out the car without open the legs jajajaja the nails couldn't breathe ::::::: Being a Woman::::::::::: I recommend this book.
  • Amazingly Beautiful Transformation!

    5
    By BlueNoteFan
    What an amazing transformation! What amazing strength and fortitude Mr. Cumming has displayed. To be such an abused and traumatized child, to see him overcome and beat back all the demons that follow you through life due to an abusive, tormenting father........what a truly admirable man. This book was so well written I couldn't put it down! I have seen another side to an actor and dancer that I have loved watching since Broadway ....... WOW!! Thank you for sharing your story and showing that a person can overcome such obstacles and come out the other side a real winner indeed. Well done, Mr Cumming, truly and amazingly well done.
  • Awesome

    5
    By Maui Mom
    It was not only impressed with the content but his writing style, going back and forth between past and present, kept me wanting more. This was a great book!!!!
  • Terrific book!

    5
    By Afh69
    I really loved this book. It reads more like a work of fiction, but I'm so glad it is not. I think that it's a book that can give real hope to survivors of abuse. Good job Mr. Cumming!