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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 ›
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book felt like an axe sometimes - really truthful, simply a "real" novel. I enjoy that kind of humor! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Vanessa Hoffmann
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 10 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 16 months ago by QuestionGirl
Tackling the Imago or “a weirdo’s journal” is a refreshing surprise. Anyer’s style is very distinctive and original. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Cynthia Ludewig
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. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Mike Robbins
Tackling The Imago is an inspiring and unique novel with believable and thoughtfully created characters that many people can identify with. Read morePublished 24 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 on July 9, 2014 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 on July 2, 2014 by NC Review
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
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