I know Mondays are not book review days but I have been behind on my book reviews so I am considering having a book review week. Anyways, I received this book from booksneeze (don’t you just love them?) and if you know me, you would realise I chose this book simply because of its title.
The book is about Ian’s memoirs of his childhood and growing up as a son of a CIA agent. At first, I thought the story would be an uber cool one of what it is to be the son of a CIA agent with tips and tricks…I was wrong.
It was an insightful journey into the life of a family ridden with issues (as with most families) and I was amused to find that Ian didn’t even know his father was an agent until he was a teenager! Then he gives us a totally honest and open account of the struggles he had growing up with an alcoholic father who had an on/off switch. The emotional and physical abuse he went through is heart-wrenching but he is a great example of the fact that despite one’s difficult/horrid childhood, one can have a bright future filled with humour and laughter.
I especially love the fact that he doesn’t blame his parents for his difficult childhood…he philosophises by saying “Our parents are mysteries to us. No matter how close we think we are to them, we cannot know the content of their hearts. We don’t know their disappointments, or the scars and regrets that wake them in the night, or the moments for which they wish they could get a do-over. I’m not persuaded we should know them better than that. In our therapeutic age, it’s commonly said that we’re only as sick as our secrets. But there are secrets that we should keep only between God and ourselves. I don’t trust people who tell you everything. They’re usually hiding something”
I am glad he wrote this book because I think it provides an insight as to how one doesn’t have to dwell on one’s past and how we can recreate a future so different from our previous difficulties.
Have a fabulous day people!