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Impostor Paperback – September 5, 2007
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Did he or his mother spend time in a mental institution? Did he really have a brief dalliance as a young man that resulted in very eyebrow-raising results later in his life? Did he really rent that New York apartment, with its sinister connections to the apartment next door?
Did he really die by gunshot? Or on an operating table?
Is he really from another planet??
See what I mean?
The book takes the form of a movie script that attempts to chronicle the life of George (Beymer's alter ego) from his early teen years till the present. But the bizarre disconnects begin when we realize that George himself is actually writing and filming the script as it goes along. He is both a character inside the film and the observer who chronicles all the events, watching himself live (and die?). Add to this the time shifts, replaying of events with different characters and outcomes, and Spaceman George's desperate attempts to escape this planet once and for all, and the book is both confusing and exhilarating from beginning to end.
The format of a movie script is logical, given Beymer's line of work, but it might take some getting used to for those more accustomed to reading a linear narrative in prose form. But once the reader has made the mental shift from "prose" to "script," the story thrusts itself forward, with all its convolutions.Read more ›
Once we get inside the book, we find it is a backwards history of George Oops, and it takes place in a mental hospital, nut ward---places I have come to know well myself---and the reader may choose to identify George Oops (certainly the best name in all of literature) with Richard Beymer if he chooses. George is the writer, the leading actor, a bit player, the center of his Scheherazade-load of memories, he's everyman. And he's an imposter. Because who he really is is I AM. Here, now, nameless, in the instant, Being. His goal: to get back to the Mothership---interpret that as you may: mother, nirvana, the Universe, God, Oneness, Home---but we don't need to interpret too much. He tells us where he so desperately wants to go: the Mothership. Where he came from and where he must return.
IMPOSTER is one of the funniest books I have ever read.Read more ›
Impostor (rather than "Imposter") is a flawed, everything-and two kitchen sinks semi-fictional-memoir self published by actor/celebrity Richard Beymer. Beymer starred in West Side Story and made himself famous again 20 or so years later in the Twin Peaks television series. But don't expect tales about famous directors or working on movies and bedding starlets. Some of that is within the prose... but in dream-like stream of consciousness bursts of writing that zig and zag through a myriad of come-ons and self indulgent fantasies and ideas that will wear out most readers pretty fast. Instead, consider this an experimental work of fiction and enjoy the fun-house ride.
It starts quick and reveals most of its bag of tricks too soon,meaning it feels repetitious by the time you are 50 pages into it. But then again.. so what... why trust the reader to keep going if you don't lay it out for them? It's full of goofy revelations, half-baked philosophies, and it begins to feel like Kurt Vonnegut's Kilgore Trout is now an actor and frustrated filmmaker named Richard Beymer whose not quite sure how honest and truthful he wants to be about his life and thoughts about life that he wraps it up inside a 70s movie that should have been directed by Monte Hellman and Bob Rafelson--except it's a period piece done in 2007 that tries too hard. Or maybe you'll think of Hunter S.Thompson's adventures on Acid with his lawyer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read only a few pages at a time as it's confusing (insane?), but worth it!Published 16 months ago by R. D. McDermott
Personally, I like George Richard Beymer. I met him a long time ago on a Hollywood sound stage. Also, he was poorly treated by the critics (so, what if he wasn't the next Lord... Read morePublished on May 7, 2010 by J S Lasher
Now we know..., October 17, 2009
I have asked myself the question, whatever happened to Richard Beymer, for a long long time. Read more
I have asked myself the question, whatever happened to Richard Beymer, for a long long time. I have had a crush on him since I was a kid. Now I know what happened to him. Read morePublished on October 17, 2009
It's a strange, strange, strange book. It's as if Terry Southern and Philip Roth had had hot, sweaty sex together in some far-off Turkish hotel, and their illegitimate love child... Read morePublished on November 22, 2008 by Noel Vera
I had no idea what Richard Beymer was up to. As a moviegoer, a musical lover and a film journalist, I first saw him in West Side Story. Read morePublished on August 28, 2008 by daniela C.
As noted by previous reviewers, if you're looking for a traditional Hollywood autobiography, you'll probably be disappointed by this book. Read morePublished on May 13, 2008 by William Timothy Lukeman
Forget all of the positive reviews you have read here of this "book" - and the reason I put that word in quotes is that this is a book only in the sense that it is a bunch of... Read morePublished on April 19, 2008 by Laurence Levine