The Poser A hilarious and dazzling debut novel about a master impressionist at risk of losing his true self All his life Giovanni Bernini has possessed an uncanny gift he can imitate anyone he meets Honed by h

  • Title: The Poser
  • Author: Jacob Rubin
  • ISBN: 9780670016761
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A hilarious and dazzling debut novel about a master impressionist at risk of losing his true self All his life, Giovanni Bernini has possessed an uncanny gift he can imitate anyone he meets Honed by his mother at a young age, the talent catapults him from small town obscurity to stardom As Giovanni describes it, No one s disguise is perfect There is in every person,A hilarious and dazzling debut novel about a master impressionist at risk of losing his true self All his life, Giovanni Bernini has possessed an uncanny gift he can imitate anyone he meets Honed by his mother at a young age, the talent catapults him from small town obscurity to stardom As Giovanni describes it, No one s disguise is perfect There is in every person, no matter how graceful, a seam, a thread curling out of them When pulled by the right hands, it will unravel the person entire As his fame grows, Giovanni encounters a beautiful and enigmatic stage singer, Lucy Starlight the only person whose thread he cannot find and becomes increasingly trapped inside his many poses Ultimately, he must assume the one identity he has never been able to master his own In the vein of Jonathan Lethem s and Kevin Wilson s playful surrealism, Jacob Rubin s The Poser is the debut of a major literary voice, a masterfully written, deeply original comic novel, and the moving story of a man who must risk everything for the chance to save his life and know true love.

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    1. Jacob Rubin

      Jacob Rubin s writing has appeared in the anthology Best New American Voices, newyorker, New York magazine, Slate, n 1, and The New Republic Times Square, a screenplay he co wrote, was recently acquired by Focus Features He lives in New York.

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    1. Giovanni Bernini Master Impressionist To a fault From the time when he was a very small boy, Giovanni was always aping someone else, in gesture, in speech, in body carriage And he shines at it Somewhere along the way, he lost his sense of himself When it comes down to it, he has to pretend to be himself, with no inkling of who he really is Is it a fact that nothing is quite as insidious as the truth While this novel did not entirely work for me, it was worth pursuing for the phrases that were ne [...]


    2. It took me a solid 50 pages to get hooked on this zany picaresque, but patience paid off Jacob Rubin is brilliantly original, with a particular gift for description Thin legs tapering into squiggles A French horn of a man A cowboy s pose Spot on impersonations take the protagonist, Giovanni Bernini, from a New England village to vaudeville, then the silver screen and eventually to politics, elected office and that s all I ll reveal The character s secret is the ability to find a thread in others [...]


    3. The Poser by Jacob Rubin is a book that I would not under any circumstances recommend to anyone to read Let me explain why First of all, I feel like this book had a lot of potential The book is a fictitious story about an ordinary guy who is really good at impersonating people He gets discovered and gets into show business, performing on stage and eventually in movies Over the course of the journey, he meets a girl he can t impersonate, he is betrayed, he completely becomes another guy, and even [...]


    4. Book Review Giveaway I couldn t resist the title when I saw The Poser by Jacob Rubin and, when I read the publisher s description, I found the concept intriguing because so many possibilities sprang to mind Rubin has quite a gift for writing about the human condition This fable is set in a satirical country much like the U.S but not It s set in a past which felt like the 1930 s or 1940 s, but it may not be the past at all since this is an alternate reality not alternate in the fantasy sense but [...]


    5. From beginning to end, I loved this book The writing, the story, the odd Giovanni Bernini I loved the way that I felt that I was in New York and then LA, even if I wasn t Jacob Rubin has a fantastic way with words so many sentences are filled with so much meaning Like his protagonist, Rubin certainly has a way of reading people, and his impressions of them come out gloriously in print Wonderful debut novel Bravo


    6. I received this galley through YPG s Little Big Mouth While the concept of the novel sounded fresh and original, the execution was extremely disappointing The plot felt rushed, and the lack of character development made me question many of Giovanni s motives and actions throughout the book For something that has received so much hype, and from an author who is so well respected for his other writings, I expected so much .


    7. This book reels in the reader from its first pages Giovanni Bernini, the narrator has a gift or curse for the art of imitation and from a young age, this talent causes him no end of trouble The opening hints at this success and then backtracks to this childhood and discovery by Max, a larger than life sort of talent scout The style is engaging and with its unique premise, it is easy to continue flipping the pages of this one The setting, though, from small town to City is vague as is its exact t [...]


    8. I think that Jacob Rubin is destined to be one of the most important writers of the 21st C I found his novel to be an excellent example of noir fiction I found it to be original and finely.honed down to the essence of Giovanni One could say that Mr Rubin has found Giovanni s thread I really like that there was a beginning, a middle and an end The end was not a result of the writer running out of steam or interest in the protagonist but perhaps gives this reader some further insights toto Giovann [...]


    9. I received an ARC from Penguin First Flights The premise of Jacob Rubin s The Poser was so incredibly strong I loved the idea that Giovanni could not simply impersonate anyone he met, but that he could pull their thread and essential become them Although this talent allows Giovanni to become successful on the stage, on the silver screen, and in politics, he eventually begins to lose himself and this is where Rubin began to lose me Once Giovanni was floundering, the book began floundering Once Gi [...]


    10. Here it is, a book as awesome as its cover A strange book that nearly lost me at the first chapter, but then grabbed my attention definitively and held it throughout Sort of a rambling mini epic, a picaresque of sorts, about a life of a most unusual man, World s Greatest Impressionist, Giovanni Bernini A man as comfortable in skins of others and he is uncomfortable in his own Someone who can imitate life to perfection instead of living it A genuinely fascinating original character Authentic perf [...]


    11. Perhaps The world was crowed with impressionists, so, I suppose, one had to pull their threads and find out who everyone really was 211 I would like to thank penguin random house Canada for providing me with an advance copy of this book.This took me a solid couple of chapters to get into, but after that I couldn t put it down So please don t give up on this book, trust me you ll regret it This was an awesome short read as I read it in a day The plot was awesome and kept me engaged throughout the [...]


    12. I received a copy of The Poser through First Reads I loved this book It was an excellent read The concept is creative and interesting Giovanni has the talent of being able to imitate anyone Eventually, that talent brings him fame, but the fame comes at a cost, a lot of costs unfortunately The story flows together so nicely I couldn t put it down most nights I had to know what would happen next The entire time I read this book I thought it would translate awesomely into a film, as well When The P [...]


    13. I wanted to like this book because the story behind it all seemed really interesting The main character impersonating other people like he was trying to discover himself meanwhile hitting the big leagues along the way The story of him posing as people left me wanting and I didn t care for how he dealt with his relationship with other people He became so obsessed with trying to uncover the thread of some people that it became creepy The bottom line is that this book wasn t exactly my cup of tea. [...]


    14. Just the right mix of uplifting and unnervingI suppose it will impact a mimeticist than an experiential adept, but it is a hell of a read either way.



    15. I just could not get into this book I read over half of it and when I didn t care how it ended I knew to put it down.


    16. Intriguing idea but it just never got a hold of me and I couldn t find myself caring enough what happened to even finish it It was rather depressing admitting that I am easily disturbed that way however I read for enjoyment, to get away This book took me away I just didn t like to where.


    17. Interesting idea for a book that gets ruined with a cop out of an ending It felt like the author got caught with being unable to finish the almost plotless story so he ended it with a cliche Unfortunate choice when the character development was lacking I recommend passing on this one.



    18. A well written piece that I enjoyed well enough at a brisk pace I respect its simple in the best sense artistry and lack of pretense.


    19. Armed with an uncanny ability to mimic anyone and everyone he s ever met, Giovanni is stunned to find a woman he just can t peg setting in motion his journey in the entertainment business from theater piece, to movie star, to mad house The really intriguing characters in this novel are the ones that Giovanni interprets his first love, his boss, and his eventual psychiatrist He becomes obsessed with matching these and loses himself in his mimicry This is the premise of the novel, after all he cop [...]


    20. The poser by Jacob Rubin is an exhilarating book about a young boy named Giovanni his girlfriend Lucy, manager Max, and his mom.It all starts out when Giovanni s mom learns that he can mimic other people s voices After long years of him mimicking other people s voices he lands a job at a subway handing people their tickets He later gets discovered by Max who gives him an offer to mimic people s voices for money After a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant Giovanni s mom allows for Giovanni to take [...]


    21. All his life, Giovanni Bernini has possessed an uncanny gift he can imitate anyone he meets Honed by his mother at a young age, the talent catapults him from small town obscurity to stardom As Giovanni describes it, No one s disguise is perfect There is in every person, no matter how graceful, a seam, a thread curling out of them When pulled by the right hands, it will unravel the person entire As his fame grows, Giovanni encounters a beautiful and enigmatic stage singer, Lucy Starlight the only [...]


    22. The Poser, Jacob Rubin s debut novel, has a unique premise and ambitious goals Unfortunately, much like Giovanni the book s main character and narrator , this book falls short of meeting those It starts as an engaging and quick read with a delightful although not necessarily likeable cast of characters Once Max enters the picture, we are treated to fine humor without expense of the plot When Giovanni begins his career as an impressionist under Max s watch, we start to see the big ambition of thi [...]


    23. I am rating and reviewing this book immediately after reading it I just finished it, sighed deeply, and smiled as I shut it thinking, This is a great version of a story I ve read a thousand times There are no new stories, no new themes I d like to believe that there are new ways of telling, but even that seems false Nothing is new The only distinction is in how the story is told, the voice and inner workings if the character Rubin s charactee, Giovanni, and his voice make this old, tired story g [...]


    24. Big vocabulary Story was ultimately rather contrived and affected I was disappointed, as I was looking forward to reading about a naturally talented mimic.I was confused at the beginning with the rather slow bar scene, hopeful as he went from being a ticket taker to getting his big start and then in the middle that he would be with and then work things out with Lucy, felt the political stuff was absurd, and was disappointed in the end by the whole asylum thing didn t see that coming It was nice [...]


    25. Giovanni Bernini has a gift he can imitate anyone he meets As a child he encounters an agent who takes him on tour, and he is just the first of many people to profit from his abilities There is Bernard who gets him into film and politics, and that part of the story occupies the majority of the novel I think if these ideas had been shifted slightly, the novel would have been successful for me There is a concept in here, the thread Giovanni finds that allows him to connect deeply with people and [...]


    26. A Master Impressionist Loses HimselfGiovanni has a talent for mimicking people that as a child often lands him in trouble The only person who understands him is his smothering mother She encourages the talent that leads to his success and eventual downfall He is leading an ordinary life as a ticket agent when Max a rather sleazy talent agent, spots him, puts him on the stage, and changes his life From the stage he gets into movies and even a political run, but the threads of his life unravel and [...]


    27. I received an uncorrected proof of The Poser through First Reads, so changes may have been made to this book since publication.The Poser centers on Giovanni Bernini, a boy from a seaside town with a talent for impersonation He doesn t perform caricatures of people, but has found a way to become them, with the pull of their thread His talent brings him both fame and misfortune, and the book chronicles this in sections, each named after the man that affected him most during that specific time Whil [...]


    28. The utter enjoyment of mimicry and the response it evokes in others is a normal schoolyard enjoyment, where classmates revel in annoying or taunting classmates For Giovanni Bernini, all his life, mimicry has been than this it is a compulsion, an obsession, a tic He imitates without thinking and he does it well usually to an unappreciative audience of teachers, people on the street, and random people he encounters When discovered by chance by an aging vaudeville like entertainer in need of a new [...]


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