So, I won this book via a Polish facebook page for bookworms called "Nie czytasz? Nie idę z Tobą do łóżka" (You don't read? Then I won't sleep with you) and I was very glad about it cause, hey, BOOKS! FOR FREE!, but I have to admit that it was naive of me to think that they could give away anything *good* for free. I should have suspected something. Plus, the book cover frightfully reminds of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight. Anyway, full of expectations, I started reading this promising emergent writer from Poland.
The book starts with a very detailed description of the protagonist's orgasm. Okay, that's not exactly what I look for in literature but I thought that maybe it was just something extemporaneous, that it would all turn out completely different. But no, the author keeps on depicting sex scenes from her teenage and adult years all throughout the book (it's something close to an autobiography, as far as I understood) and it's all so very trivial and pointless. I mean, there is no epiphany or surprise whatsoever, it's just a tale of irredeemable spinelessness about someone who is incapable of being respected and, as a result of being rejected and neglected all her life, ends up direspecting other people herself. The plot is non existent, there's nothing enlightening or tantalizing at all and, what's worst, the book is written in a very poor English. I'm not a native speaker of English myself and I shouldn't judge, but I think Ganowska's writing sounds very awkward, as if she collected a series of English ways of saying and formulas and put them all together to sound as natural as possible, obtaining exactly the opposite. Morever, there's a plenty of mistakes (i.e. "HE'S face is unreadable", page 108). Besides, she incessantly fragments the narration with references to songs which make, according to her, the perfect soundtrack to the events described, inserting footnotes with the complete data as well (that is, author-title-album-year): this is very unnerving, both because she quotes hideous songs from hideous lame singers like JUSTIN BIEBER (I couldn't believe my eyes, good God, Ganowska, you're a friggin' grown-up woman with a Master's degree!) and because it breaks the narrative flow. She seems to have mistaken novels for movie screenplays.
But still, this is not the worst. The worst came at page 62. After that I just sighed and anxiously waited for the last page of this book to come and relieve me from all pain. Page 62 was when I decided what title this book should have had: "Fifty Shades of Twilight". In fact, next to the unnecessarily verbose descriptions of sexual intercourses which have nothing enthralling for anyone except very ugly and desperate housewives with a surplus of fat and a disturbing lack of education and self-esteem, here comes the Bella Swan complex in all its glory: a woman who's spineless, weak and pathetic and needs a man to take her under his wing to make her feel real. "It's like a shot of my favourite brand of heroin". Yes, that's from Twilight and it's one of the lines I will never erase from my mental archive of the most stupid sentences I ever read in a book. That sentence I found on page 62 of "Imperfect". Not as a quote, but as a proper part of the narration. From that line on, I knew there was no way Ganowska could make amend and persuade me to find a bit of beauty in her book. In fact, the other three fourths of the book kept the same miserable standard unchanged: an endless, cheesy whimpering on how unfair life is and how deeply a helpless underdog the protagonist feels. Nonetheless, life turns out good for her too: she finds her perfect guy (she describes him to us for at least 100 pages) and eventually has a daughter from him. Plus, two male twins. In three years. Although she has a genetic illness which makes it very difficult having children. And she's taking birth control pills too. Do I have to add anything else? Maybe we should rename the book "Fifty Shades of Twilight and Jesus" or "Fifty Shades of God at Twilight". Don't know, any suggestions?
I think Polish literature will find another way to distinguish itself... Thanks for trying anyway, Pani Ganowska.