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Tackling the Imago [Kindle Edition]

Anyer Feanix
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Book Description

What does a typical twenty-year old do when wooed by an older university teacher? Surrender or flee?

Gina vomits out of stress, writes crude poetry, and stops talking to Daniel because of deeply-rooted inhibitions. But she also submits indecent essays which expose her talent and weaknesses to him; she is the perfect target—lonely, ambitious, and chronically shy.

Gina sits in the last row, observing how Daniel subjects himself to her peers' ridicule as he tries to win her affections. She bites her nails, writes this diary, and hides a multitude of secrets, including a lifelong family conflict following a tragedy that blighted her childhood.

She is unlovable, having suffered rejection before, but she tries to keep herself amused. On the bad days, however, self-sabotage is what she does best. Daniel is a welcome distraction, but is he what she really needs?

How easy is it to fight guilt, low self-esteem, and an overwhelming need for attention? What to do with a long-kept secret when it is finally revealed? Is it easier to abandon or be abandoned? Does either have to happen?

Perhaps more kitschy than artistic, this often cringeworthy story is an unexpected combination of the two. Warning: this might be the silliest and most primitive novel you have ever read.

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About the Author

Anyer Feanix is a former teacher of English who has gone into hiding after suffering extreme trauma in her course of work and - consequently - quitting the profession. She is a tiny bit OCD and loves nature, scientific curiosities, globetrotting, and fellow weirdos. Please visit her here:

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  • File Size: 755 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Publisher: AF; 2nd edition (December 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,537 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New and Different Kind of Novel January 21, 2014
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This book was really fresh and interesting!

Right from the very beginning, I loved the main character, Gina, and felt oddly connected to her. (I also have some of my best insights in the shower!) She's deep and reflective, but in a charming way that's relatable. Her sense of humor hooked me from the very start, as she made a clever witticism about Churchill. There were even a few moments when I laughed out loud (Gina extricating herself from an embarrassing situation after a night of drinking).

I think a lot of people (especially young people) can relate to Gina, though, especially her feeling that nothing ever happens to her. Especially nowadays, maybe because of the economy, it just seems like there's this ever-present theme of "when is my life going to start?" This is the novel that highlights these feelings with an intelligent spin. Then, when something does actually happen, how does one go about handling it? This book is a meditation on such thoughts, and has a unique perspective of the concerns of modern young women.

I loved the author's take on female friendships and particularly thought that Roxy was a great character, the perfect foil for Gina. Gina's relationship with her mother was very well-depicted and complex.

The reader gets an additional portal into Gina's world when she includes her essays written for Daniel's class, as well as her poetry...which brings me to Daniel. Tackling the Imago captured such a poignant and real infatuation; it really brought me back to those moments in my own life. Truly outstanding! Daniel is a very flawed, very real character who is struggling with his own demons. He can't save Gina, because he can't even save himself. And yet their chemistry is palpable, albeit inconvenient.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very different novel June 20, 2014
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Tackling the Imago by Anyer Feanix

This novel is written as a self-described "weirdo's journal" in the first person point of view by a twenty-something Polish woman who is studying English in graduate school. It reads like a journal and not a novel. I am still baffled as to whether or not it is an edited journal of someone real, or a carefully conceived literary work. The main character, Gina (short for Regina), has peppered her journal with slightly off-color poems to go along with entries that tell of her life and in which she complains that nothing ever happens.

The writing is quite interesting. Gina claims that the journal is partly practising her (British) English and it reads that way. Great spelling and good grammar but with the word usage slightly off, as is common with non-native speakers of English. It feels as if words were replaced using a thesaurus as if the listed words were exact synonyms. This makes some of the writing feel formal and or stilted. Here are five examples:

. . . so now I have to prove the possession of an eidetic memory . . .

This unforeseen hindrance has brought me anger and despair.

. . . which fills me with unprecedented delectation . . .

Exacerbated by the traditional empty place setting

. . . I finish my belletristic outpourings . . .

Days and days and pages and pages of the journal are filled with her crush on her forty-some year old English professor D and imagined communications and signals based on classroom comments and notes on her submitted work. One can easily see why a journal was kept. Gina's internal mental life is crazy with so much minutiae and imaginings that it would overburden anyone forced to listen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! January 24, 2014
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I have to admit, this book is a pretty good fit for me. While it crosses a few different genres, I'm a fan of chicklit, comedy and romance, and I loved this.

The beginning, I'll admit, was a little difficult to get through. I under-appreciated the complicated dialect until I understood the book and the protagonist a little better. But appreciate it I eventually did, and from that point, I raced through the rest of the book with ease.

And though the book crosses genres that I've enjoyed reading about in the past, it also feels entirely fresh. I haven't read anything quite like it before, but I'd very happily read something similar in the future should it be so well written and personality-infused. If you like the sound of the book description, then it's probably safe to say that you'll have a great time reading Tackling The Imago.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very intriguing and unique novel January 22, 2014
By Janja
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»Tackling The Imago« is very intriguing and unique novel with just as interesting writing style that I am sure it will not leave you indifferent.

The story focuses on main character, Gina, a twenty year old girl and her life as she sees and feels it.
The story is well written, it is exiting and interesting, just as you expect from any good fiction novel and most important, it really draws you in. There is a wide mix of genres – everything from humor to drama, romance and more, which makes the reading even more interesting. It’s a great reading and I would highly recommend it if you are looking forward to something fresh and different!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An acute but humane psychological study August 2, 2014
Meet Regina – Gina for short. And get to like her, because if you read Anyer Feanix’s Tackling the Imago you’re going to get to know her better than you know most human beings. It’ll be hard work; but I found, in the end, that it was worth the effort.

Tackling the Imago is set in a provincial city in Poland in the mid-2000s. The country has just joined the European Union, and living and working abroad is starting to look more practical than it did. Gina has come to the university in the town to take a degree in English. She is highly intelligent, but lacks confidence. She is troubled by her difficult family background, with a father who abandoned her (or so she understands) and a mother who blames all her problems on Gina’s existence. And now Gina is about to become besotted with one of her lecturers, Daniel, a greying-fortyish type whose marital status is uncertain.

The book takes the form of Gina’s diary, which she writes in English. This is both the book’s strength and its weakness. Feanix has got into character in a big way. The writing is that of a young student who has an outstanding technical grasp of English but has not lived among native speakers. Sometimes this comes across through words that are correct but that would not really be used. “Sleepless nights shuffle out into darkness like chess pawns. In the quiescence of the passive city, lone, normally somnambulistic ideas bump into occasional binary systems and the tintinnabulation of their laughs... A susurration of snowflakes pellets my skin, perishing against the dying ember in their wafty ballet suicide.” This is what makes the book hard going sometimes. But it also makes Gina very real.

The diary of a pretentious student with a crush on one of her lecturers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
This book genre was not my usual, but I found it interesting, nonetheless. Slow in the beginning, about halfway through the story started to pick up and I began to enjoy it more. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very honest and intricate piece of literature
Tackling the Imago or “a weirdo’s journal” is a refreshing surprise. Anyer’s style is very distinctive and original. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cynthia Ludewig
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique and thoughtful novel
Tackling The Imago is an inspiring and unique novel with believable and thoughtfully created characters that many people can identify with. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Deep and Compelling Character Study
Fenix has created an amazingly deep character study in Tackling the Imago. The novel is told in first person diary format. Read more
Published 10 months ago by C.C. Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth The Effort
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. Lucky me. This is a brilliant book. Gina is an engaging person, and the diary format perfectly reflects her character - a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by NC Review
5.0 out of 5 stars I was blindsided and seduced by this story
I was laughing aloud within the first five pages. In no time at all I was immersed in a richly worded Bridget Jonesy style journalized, comedic, coming of age story--or so I... Read more
Published 11 months ago by S.L. Shelton
5.0 out of 5 stars So impressive
I'm impressed through the writing till the end. It's totally unique and I found this novel so interesting. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Necinov
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a non-reciprocal review.
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This was a very interesting book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Eisah
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, gritty, revealing, comic, manic, playful, dramatic,...
Written in a style that was new to me and thoroughly enjoyable, Tackling the Imago is a story that will challenge all your preconceptions about what a good story ought to be. Read more
Published 12 months ago by HeartyGuy
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing, easy-to-read novel.
I loved the style of Tackling the Imago [Kindle Edition] The characters are very realistic, likeable and easy to relate to. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Emma Parker
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Anyer Feanix is a former teacher of English who has gone into hiding after suffering extreme trauma in her course of work and - consequently - quitting the profession. She is a tiny bit OCD and loves nature, scientific curiosities, globetrotting, and fellow weirdos.

Please visit her here:

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