Top positive review
but I like Alan Cumming
Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2017
Difficult to say you "like" something that is so violent and brutal, but I like Alan Cumming, so I read his book. I don't understand how he ever could have had a kind thought, or word, about his vicious father, no matter his mental condition but everyone's different. This is a tough book to read. His father was a petty, controlling, violent, mentally, physically abusive and hateful man who sucked the joy out of the lives of everyone around him. He terrorized his family. I imagine the only reason no one tried to stab him to death, over dinner, was because he was stronger than they were. Still, his mother stayed and allowed her children to tortured. No one knows why people do what they do, times and place bring out different responses to events. Only she knows why she stayed. Alan Cumming loved his maternal grandmother and the love she had for him was a bright spot in his otherwise tormented life and probably helped him survive. Much of the book is taken up with the reality show about finding who you are. During the filming he found out about his maternal grandfather and that helped him in many ways. Mr. Cumming loves his work, loves his husband and is close to his older brother and his mother. He seems happy and he appears to have overcome much of the damage his father did. Unfortunately, what
happened to AlanCummings is happening right now, to children everywhere. Children are tortured, beaten and abused everyday. The book is honest and heartfelt.