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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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By Raleigh on 07-07-16
metaphor for the intellectual immigrant
? have you been regularly forced to immigrate or relocate
? has your life's " deck of cards " frequently been reshuffled
? were you often forced to meet new incentives and expectations
jacob rubin has written a brilliant and imaginative novel for you
it is, i suspect, a metaphor for the intellectual immigrant experience
the book's title character has a deep gift for insightful mimicry and imitation
with dazzling prose, rubin then weaves this gift into character and plot
immigration involves relentless demands on perception and response
new situations with new demands and new expectations arrive daily
without intellectual gifts, this becomes a crushing, defeating experience
but the quick and gifted learn to read the social clues and be " a good poser "
it is this insight and imitation that allow them to succeed in their new home
SIDE NOTE : elmore leonard famously said " if it sounds like writing, i rewrite it "
there are long stretches of this novel that sound like extraordinary writing
some people enjoy that, others think it gets in the way of the storytelling
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