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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 ›
The author's true nature becomes known through a process of facing his nature as an impostor in life. Throughout this book, just as we get a feel that the main character has awakened to his true nature, we find that it is only another video, another false self, another impostor. There is a constant pushing forth into new layers of awareness without any real breaking through the mode of impostor until the very end.
By immersing oneself in the flow of this book, one may see how difficult it is to break out of impostor mode. At least we can be aware that we are in it! Then through a process of playing all the videos of our so-called life, and the videos within them, and videos within them, and the videos and films created to explain them, we can finally come to a true knowledge of what this existence is all about. Impostor is a wild, funny, tumultuous tour of an amusement park fun house. The amusement park is the world, the fun house is your life, and there is a way out.
But there's much more here ... look beneath the self-deprecating humor & you'll discover that Beymer is asking some Big Questions: who & what is The Real Me? Is there even such a thing? Is there some ultimate reality behind the social mask of ego? What is the point?!?
Is there anyone who hasn't wondered about those questions somewhere along the line? But most of us prefer not to delve too deeply into such a dark place. Richard Beymer has plunged in headfirst & given us a firsthand report of his experiences ... and in doing so, he enables the more hesitant among us to dip at least a toe or two into those unplumbed waters. You won't come away from these pages unmoved, and you'll have plenty of food for thought. Not for every taste, certainly, but recommended for those who care to venture outside the bounds of the Everyday.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read only a few pages at a time as it's confusing (insane?), but worth it!Published 19 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.
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
Ambitious, outrageous, revealing, frustrating, repetitious, funny, no make that f***ng hilarious at times, playful, sad, annoying, 100 pages too long, poorly paced, self-indulgent,... Read morePublished on December 31, 2007 by Christopher J. Jarmick