Sunday, July 10, 2011

Review: The Imperfect Enjoyment




The Imperfect Enjoyment by Dewan W. Gibson
Genre: Memoir
Pages: 173 (Ebook)
Source: Rou Media/Lrc Books

From Goodreads:

When college instructor Dewan Gibson leaves the Midwest for California, he expects to find a world of breast implants, beer and beaches. Instead he enters a secret and ill-fated romance with a Middle Eastern undergraduate. In this vivid and humorous memoir, Gibson describes his attempts to overcome his forbidden love affair by jumping into an office fling gone wrong (Tijuana Mornings), traveling across the world to Denmark in hopes of meeting "Ms. Booty Mama" (Arhus Ain't for Lovers) and musing over the interracial relationships between his African-American uncles and "rural white women that wore 1980's big bangs and resembled Guns N' Roses groupies" (Too Much Tupac). Toeing the line between stable adulthood and post-college debauchery, Gibson presents a comically honest look at the frailty of modern relationships. Poignant, witty and at times downright hilarious--The Imperfect Enjoyment is a story of toxic relationships and the search for a second chance at love that enlightens and amuses as very few books do.

My Rating:

My Review:
This memoir chronicles the authors dating life after moving to San Diego shortly after completing his undergraduate degree.  It is well-edited and does not suffer from annoying grammar issues.  Mr. Gibson manages to tell his story in an up front and humorous manner.  Mr. Gibson's story begins and ends with long-term relationships and it has a bit of everything in between.  He comes across as a pretty likeable guy.

I found parts of this story to be interesting and a bit funny.  About half-way into this short work, I started to wonder where it was going or why the story was important.  Perhaps I was expecting something a bit deeper or inspiring, but this really chronicles the authors dating life, which to be honest, isn't really that special or interesting.  I don't know who to recommend this to exactly.  I think it might be meant for young African-American men but for some reason, I think they'll be too busy living the life that the author describes to read this.  I would be interested in Mr. Gibson's future work, but would be more inclined to read fiction.  It might be a bit more interesting if embellished.
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