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FREE DOWNLOAD Not My Father's Son Alan Cumming µ 1 SUMMARY SUMMARY ☆ Not My Father's Son Dark painful memories can be like a cage Or in the case of Alan Cumming they can be packed away in a box stuck in the attic to be forgotten Until one day the box explodes and all the memories flood back in horrible detail Alan Cumming 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 fatherWhen television producers approached Alan to appear on a popular celebrity genealogy show in 2010 he enthusiastically agreed He hoped to solve. Wilkommen bienvenue welcome Settle in for a story that is appalling and entertaining hopeful and disappointing reflective and sometimes ephemeral Life is disappointing Forget it It is a good thing that this advice was not followed Remembering seems the thing We have no troubles here Here life is beautiful Ummm not so much And now Meine Damen und Herren Mes Dames et Messieurs Ladies and Gentlemen Ich bin eur confrencier je suis votre compereI am your host the star of our show Cumming in the 1998 production from Fanpopcom You need a haircut boy My father had only glanced at me across the kitchen table as he spoke but I had already seen in his eyes the coming stormI tried to speak but the fear that now engulfed me made it hard to swallow and all that came out was a little gasping sound that hurt my throat even And I knew speaking would only make things worse make him despise me make him pounce sooner That was the worst bit the waiting I never knew exactly when it would come and that I know was his favorite part Alan Cumming star of stage and screen notable Cabaret emcee introducer of Masterpiece Mystery bluish X man Smurf voice and political operative Eli Gold on The Good Wife among many other memorable characters was raised on a large estate in Scotland His father Alex was the head groundskeeper He was also a mercurial and often cruel and violent parent to both Alan and his older brother Tom offering ambiguous instructions to the boys and almost always finding the resulting work unsatisfactory an excuse to justify the punishment that usually followed Cumming s experience as a battered child coming to terms as an adult with some of the reasons for his harsh upbringing and attempting to finally decades later move past it is the core of the story in Not My Father s Son But this is not just a story of the father he knew It is also about the grandfather he had never met Mary Darling and Alex Cumming wedding day from the NY TimesIn 2010 Cumming having attained a certain level of celebrity was invited by the British show Who Do You Think you Are now in the USA as well to be a subject for their weekly genealogy uest program The research that was intrinsic to this process would cast light on a black hole in his family history As awful as his father was Mary Darling Alan s mother was his angel always supporting and nurturing him Within limits of course She did not seem to do a very good job of preventing her husband from tormenting their sons She had last seen her own father Tommie Darling when she was eight years old He had supposedly died in a gun accident in Malaysia in 1951 The family knew very little about him and had few remnants of his existence The TV show would follow that trail and find out what had happened to Tommie There is a link to the entire program in the EXTRA STUFF section below Just before this process began Alan s father long estranged got in touch passing along a disturbing piece of informationAs Eli Gold and Nightcrawler from NothingButMemorynetOne part of this memoir is travelling along and peeling back the layers of the mystery that was Tommie Darling Peter Pan was not involved As researchers for the program unearth and information about Tommie Alan learns and about not only his family but sees in his ancestor traits he recognizes in himself Masterpiece Mystery host from the Boston HeraldChapters alternate or less between now 2010 and then the years of Alan s childhood the new work prodding recollections of the past However it is not all childhood and now Cumming also tells of his breakdown at age 28 when he was starring in a London production of Hamlet rehearsing for his breakthrough role as the emcee in the London revival of Cabaret and planning to have a child with his wife There is some detail here Later he tells of meeting his current mate when he was 39 He seems to have packs of friends who remain mostly nameless in both London and New York and who function as scenery for the most part He offers a few tales from his acting life When I joined Twitter I described myself as Scottish elf trapped inside a middle aged man s body and I still think that s accurate Despite Cumming s elfishness there is not much comedy in the book Although Cumming the performer does indeed present a pixie ish facade the only real laugh at least for me was when he talked about Patti Smith and a particular vile habit of hers A story about attempting to film against the incessant noise in South Africa during a particularly noisy World Cup is another light moment A youthful masturbatory scene that one thinks might be ueasily amusing turns in another far substantive direction The two parts of this story now seem so clearly connected mirroring each other perfectly I had lost a father but found a grandfather One of them had never sought the truth and lived a life based on a lie the other s truth was hidden from us because society deemed it unsuitable Both caused strife and sadness But now both combined to reinforce for me what I knew to be the only truth there is never shame in being open and honest It was shame that prevented us from knowing what a great man Tommy Darling was And it was shame that made my father treat me and Tom and my mum the way he did Not My Father s Son is a moving and fascinating tale and probably would not have been told had Cumming not been world famous TV programs do not seek out the likes of you or me to give them permission to travel the world looking into our backgrounds Most of us do not have the resources to delve into our family history so richly It remains to be seen if the book would have been written had the TV program not been made Cumming had indeed been thinking about his childhood for some time but it was the show that prompted him to move ahead with it What Cumming s talent did was give him a way to get out of a bad situation A lesser light might have dimmed if left in that place One thing the book might do is prompt a bit of reflection Surely there are leafless branches on all our family trees and Cumming s tale of looking into his might encourage some of us to consider looking into some of ours And maybe to look a bit closer at even our known history for a bit of help in explaining how we became the people we are Tom Mary and Alan at Tommie s graveI have admired Alan Cumming as a performer ever since seeing him in the New York revival of Cabaret back in 1998 I now admire him as a writer as well He has written a moving memoir of a father lost and a grandfather gained It is rich with reflection insight pain and healing Any decent father would be bursting with pride to have a son capable of writing such a bookReview posted 101714Publication date 10714This review has also been posted at CootsreviewscomEXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal and Twitter pagesHe is not on Facebook Some miscreants have posed as him but those pages have been taken downDefinitely check out his site It is a cornucopia of infoNY Times article on AlanHere is the full Who Do You Think You Are episode from September 2010 Series 7 Episode 9 thanks to Richard Derus for passing along the link previously removed oops looks like this link is no longer working Whenif I find another one that does the trick I will post it here Found another link June 2019 I guess it will work until it doesn t

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FREE DOWNLOAD Not My Father's Son Alan Cumming µ 1 SUMMARY SUMMARY ☆ Not My Father's Son 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 foreverWith 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©2014 Alan Cumming P2014 HarperCollins Publishers. The puckishly charismatic actor Alan Cumming The Good Wife Spy Kids Cabaret delves into his horrific childhood and uncovers secrets from his family s history in this brave beautifully written and honest memoir The book is anything but a typical celebrity tell allThrough a BBC genealogy reality TV show called Who Do You Think You Are Cumming learns about his maternal grandfather who died under mysterious circumstances in his 30s at the same time that his physically and emotionally abusive father reveals he might not be his biological dadBoth events which together have the feel of an ancient Greek drama set in motion a life changing journey that s full of heart humour and hope Be prepared for some hard to read scenes of abuse Cumming s father Alex a manager of a Scottish estate systematically brutalized and belittled both Alan and his older brother Tom when they were younger He also carried on a series of affairs in front of the boys and their mother Mary Darling Alan suppressed these disturbing memories only after experiencing a nervous breakdown in his early 20s while playing Hamlet did they returnIn one of several wise and funny observations Alan says his difficult childhood with his father claiming he was worthless and his mother saying the opposite prepared him for a career in show business If you believed one he suggests you had to believe the other So he learned not to take things personally in the ego crushing industryThe book s time jumping structure takes some time to get used to but it s a lot interesting than a straightforward chronological approach And there s a lot to pack in including stories about three generations of family the odd celebrity anecdote look for the amusing story involving Patti Smith Marion Cotillard and Mary J Blige in Cannes and mention of Cumming s marriages one to a woman while in his 20s the other to a man while in his 40sAs Cumming s past catches up with his present and he bravely confronts his demons there are some remarkable seuences which I won t spoil here But I should say that having read Not My Father s Son I now have so much respect for Cumming as a man and an artist His story is inspiring and life affirming

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FREE DOWNLOAD Not My Father's Son Alan Cumming µ 1 SUMMARY SUMMARY ☆ Not My Father's Son A mystery that had long cast a shadow over his family His maternal grandfather Tommy Darling had disappeared into the Far East after WWII Alan's mother knew very little about him he had been a courier carrying information between battalions on his motorbike The last time she saw her father Alan's mother was eight years old When she was 13 the family was informed that he had died by his own hand an accidental shootingBut this was not the only mystery laid before Alan's feet His father whom Alan had not seen or spoken to for than a decade reconnected just before filming for Who Do You Think You Are began He had. Happiness erasedClouded by fear humiliation painDarkens my mindIrrationality rage violenceAnxious never relaxShutting down never speakJoy suppressed hurts lessTension humiliationBecome nothingGive nothing awayDarkness silence fearNever safeNavigating a minefieldUnhealthyFailings feeling guiltyWorthless loath myselfI m sorrySilent house facadesVolatility Denial never relyUnresolved pain hurtMy own mind my own opinionGates open trickle floodFill my head explodeSadness deep depression Need to be awaySort myself outCocoonFeel remember mournGazing remembering reliving Horrifying liberating UnderstandFragile terrified vulnerable Raw painfulTelling collapsing weepingAccepted and understoodShame griefAcknowledgment apology Mind games scare tactics Manipulation intimidation Egotism madnessFalse assumptions Abuse justify despicable Dark secrets twisted reality paranoia Truth openness commitmentIllogical impossible to fathomLittle boy surrealEmpty nagging acheMarks closed off embracingTaken away shaken up recalibratedCarry on no choice reassessShut the door deadI m not my father s son


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  • Audiobook
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  • Not My Father's Son
  • Alan Cumming
  • English
  • 18 January 2020
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