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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One star is way to good for this book. Talk about pretentious and stupid. The synopsis of this book is 100% better than the actual book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Reed
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 morePublished 11 months ago by no name
Tackling the Imago or “a weirdo’s journal” is a refreshing surprise. Anyer’s style is very distinctive and original. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cynthia Ludewig
Tackling The Imago is an inspiring and unique novel with believable and thoughtfully created characters that many people can identify with. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
Fenix has created an amazingly deep character study in Tackling the Imago. The novel is told in first person diary format. Read morePublished 19 months ago by C.C. Bradley
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 morePublished 19 months ago by NC Review
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 morePublished 20 months ago by S.L. Shelton
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
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 morePublished 21 months ago by HeartyGuy
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