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Tackling the Imago by [Feanix, Anyer]
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Length: 333 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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:

Product Details

  • File Size: 1026 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Publisher: AF; 2nd edition (December 11, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 11, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,333,847 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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 thought. It is a slow process, a slow read; not because it didn't keep me thoroughly intrigued and even enamored of the characters (the main character, Gina, most of all), the thick and liberally plastered gooey rich wording made progress quite slow; very much like slogging through a warm pool of delicious fudge.

Imagine my surprise, when this cheeky romantic comedy turned into a dark romantic comedy and then, to my great despair, simply a dark comedy. I would have been content to have it linger as such, but then, with the slice of the written word, the dark comedy became a tragedy. This morphing, though distressing, is literary genius, baiting the reader to feel warmth and sympathy for the self deprecating heroine who, clear to the reader, is nowhere near as ugly, fat, worthless or stupid as she thinks she is, while simultaneously making the unsuspecting reader quite unprepared for the dark reality they will be pulled into.

The subtlety of the first person narration is superb and many times reveals drastic and significant detail, disguised in the most understated fashion possible, forcing the reader to look back and ask "Wait! What was that? Did that really just happen?"

To be honest, I was half tempted to delete a star for the sneaky way I was led into being seduced, crushed and then restored half heartedly by the author. But I realized, she had accomplished something that few have...I was caught completely off guard by this story. Even though it was a slow sinking into fictional quicksand, I was neck deep before I realized what she had done. Bravo!
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