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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Richard Beymer (September 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615175511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615175515
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,995,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Phyl L. Good on February 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
When you read "Impostor: or Whatever Happened to Richard Beymer? (an unauthorized autobiography)," the one thing you should not attempt to do is try to discern the autobiographical from the fantastical. The questions would drive you as crazy as he - or his literary representation at least - appears to be, in the book.

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.
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There are by now hundreds, if not thousands, of reviews of IMPOSTER, by Richard Beymer, but I find just cause to add yet another. I do not feel that my predecessors have taken the book seriously enough. It is not just "powerful and relevant to nothing." It is powerful and relevant to the core problems of living: "Who Am I? Why am I here? How do I decide what to do with my life? And one of the preposterous answers passed down through the schools of hidden wisdom through the ages is: live in the I AM. Now the reader can say the author in using his mock-heroic character, the immortal George Oops, who plays all the key roles in the book, is mocking the I AM too, but if so, he mocks it as he accepts it.

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.
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Impostor is a confession of the author's true nature. The form of the confession is a screenplay that unfolds as do one's thoughts or dreams. Using videos and films and a fun house full of characters, layers of thought and experience slip into other layers, drop, blend, recycle, always washed by a witnessing of it all.

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.

Jerry Katz
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As noted by previous reviewers, if you're looking for a traditional Hollywood autobiography, you'll probably be disappointed by this book. But in its manic, frenetic, inward journey, darting from A to Z by way of Q, you'll find an astonishing account of what Richard Beymer's life felt like from the inside. By taking a semi-fictional approach in the form of a dizzying screenplay, he makes the reader feel that life, down to the most intimate & ridiculous & dazzling details. For that alone, it's well worth reading!

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.
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