What happened to the Romanovs was haunting. I have always had an interest in this family and their and place in history and I thought this book painteWhat happened to the Romanovs was haunting. I have always had an interest in this family and their and place in history and I thought this book painted a vivid picture for me.
What was most horrifying about their lives (besides the ending) was the illness. Months of recovery, hair loss and temporary deafness....sheesh. I recommend every anti-vaxer read this book, I guarantee you’ll change your mind. If I had children, I’d immediately run them to the nearest clinic and vaccine those little ones up, then I would give them a mercury chaser *just in case.
Then I would take borrow my friend’s time-mower and go back in time, find Alexander Fleming and kiss him on the lips and thank him for inventing penicillin. Sure, that stuff would kill me now, but living without the stuff back in the day was worse than death right before the death happened.
Because the five kids were so ill with measles, and other nasty things, they couldn’t travel and this prevented the Romanovs from a timely escape to England. Measles killed them; well, the guns helped.
I did enjoy this book quite a bit. I wonder what would have been different if they had survived……sad.
*Calm down, it’s a joke. But seriously, vaccinate your kids. Need more convincing? Google Small pox images. ...more
“Sometimes people do you a favour when they drop out of your life.”
I’m struggling with my words here, so I’m just going to simplify them. Alex“Sometimes people do you a favour when they drop out of your life.”
I’m struggling with my words here, so I’m just going to simplify them. Alex Cumming (Alan’s dad) was a raging, abusive asshole. Astonishingly, Alan Cumming is not. He really ought to be, growing up in Hell, instead he seems to have come through to the other side as a pretty fantastic fella. I’d love to tell him that in person and give him a hug.
Growing up in a situation with a man who could (and would) blow his top at the slightest provocation, Alan had to learn to act. He learned well. It was an awful way to learn his craft, but Alan attributes this skill to having to act his way around his dad……to learn how not to set him off.
Alan is not only a great actor, he’s a pretty darn good writer as well. He has done a good job here moving back and forth through time and pulling the two together in a way that makes sense. It’s a compelling, emotional, open and honest memoir and I highly recommend it.
Yes it’s dark, but it also has some funny in it too.
“For yes, being a woman, even one with a penis and for the purposes of drama, really made me feel that women have been coerced into a way of presenting themselves that is basically a form of bondage. Their shoes, their skirts, even their nails seem designed to stop them from being able to escape whilst at the same time drawing attention to their sexual and secondary sexual characteristics.
And I think that has happened so that men feel they can ogle them and protect them in equal measure.”
What pushed this book over the top for me and made it a five star was that I listened to the audio version read by the author. Being that he can act and that this is his story, he did it very well and added the perfect amount of emotion at all the right moments.
In fact, I could listen to him read Heaven is for Real, front to back, and not gag once…..or the phone book, the bible, the menu from Cracker Barrel…..he’s just that good. ...more