Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Book Review: Ian Morgan Cron's Jesus, My Father, The CIA and Me

If you're going to write a memoir then don't tell everyone it is an exaggerated lie in some spots to catch the attention. When reading a memoir it's good to feel things are real all the way through, and if you believe your life is too uninteresting that you need to make up some points to share your own story then you probably weren't meant to write one. Just title it fiction and let it be that. Let your life inspire the story, but don't try to make yourself popular by saying it's you with some extra extensions. Otherwise the story is nice and it does have a good catch to it.

Summary:  When Ian sees a bunch of men at his father's funeral who seem to have better things to say about his own dad that he would never use to describe his own dad, he begins to realize he might not have knew his dad that well. Growing up he was raised with a father who was an alcoholic. This left Ian struggling to figure out who he was without any guidance into finding that. Now as he raises his own family and reflects on his own he ponders over what he has learned and what there still is to learn.

Characters: I think all the characters have potential to be interesting. Some you can tell are sort of left to the side maybe because they didn't want to be involved in all this having their lives exposed too much. We hear very little of the brother and sister he has. We know a little of his mom, and a lot about his dad. I think the writing though makes everyone feel underdeveloped though, so I never feel the emotions for Ian to really make me get involved with who he is and where he is from, and since he admitted already he made up some stuff but still wants to try to pull it off as a memoir well it takes away from it.

Writing: The story would have been better had it started from the early point on in Ian's life and then let us grow with him toward the point of his father's funeral. The disjointed storytelling though makes it seem all over the place, and you never know where the story is going next. One point we might be in college with Ian and the next we are on a roller coaster ride as a kid. While I understand these are to make points about his adult life, it also doesn't flow as well as it could.

Plot: I think the plot is one that could well relate to men and people who haven't had the childhood that one would hope for. I like that this movie isn't a how to book, but instead a story of a man still trying to figure out who he is and just how his childhood might have affected him. It seems like plenty of authors know what it is you should be doing and want to tell you, but Ian lets his life lead in explaining the lessons he has learned, and builds up a beautiful moment of jumping into water with his children and wife. It seems like a suiting place to be building in a story that doesn't always seem to be building there. It did get me to thinking, which is worth something.

There are some interesting twists, a guy who seems to be writing a story with heart, and a lot of little lessons that work. I think had it been written with better flow I would have enjoyed it a bit more, but I found where it can be inspirational. I just lacked in connecting with the people a bit since I wasn't sure what to believe and what not to believe.

Rating 7 of 10.

This book was provided by Booksneeze in exchange for a review.

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