Not My Father's Son
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As for the book - it was a very quick read for me, I really didn't want to put it down. This is very obviously Alan Cumming’s voice throughout and that voice is reflective, angry and for quite a chunk of the book very, very broken. This is not a ‘celeb’ biog that mentions countless famous people or encounters and we’re saved the usual ‘lovey actor’ guff where the reader is treated to a basic chronological run down of every movie/album/award ceremony they’ve ever attended. Plus we’re spared any reminiscing about that trip up a mountain that they felt they had to do to connect to the starving millions (how many of those are out there?). What Alan has created is a cathartic unloading of all the complete crap that came his way both as a child and during events in 2010, enabling him to look deeply at how it has defined him and made him the person he is today. Alan’s honesty is raw, as is his recollection of the brutality of his father. It is really hard to believe the man’s behaviour and the fear they must have lived in. At times this makes for an emotional, uneasy read. But as open and as stark as Alan’s memoir is, it’s clear to see that he’s come through it all, thanks to the love and support of his husband Grant, his brother Tom and the wonderful Mary Darling, his mother.
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