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Disorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou

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alexandrabelze's review against another edition

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funny reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

omfg i don’t even know where to start. very funny, super dramatic, and at times satirical. it was not AT ALL what i was expecting, but then again i didn’t read any type of summaries before starting it lmao. it didn’t have me hooked until the first major plot twist, but after that i was dying to see how it ended. kind of an anti-climatic ending, but sadly realistic. ingrid + eunice besties 4 ever <3 stephen is the bane of my existence. every time he spoke i wanted to rip my hair out. i WISH he knew when to shut up. 
the SCHOOL GIRL COSTUME??? oh my god i was gagged. nothing could’ve prepared me!!! i had to put the kindle DOWN and reflect.

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madeleinebay's review against another edition

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5.0


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lily1304's review against another edition

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funny reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

I loved this - somehow this manages to be SO funny, even with a mostly humorless main character and a deep dive into American racism. I appreciate that the story raises a lot of questions about race without having  neat, cut and dry answers.

I also loved Ingrid as a main character - so adrift, and trying on different personalities and ideologies over the course of the story. I really grew to like her. I felt like she was oddly trapped in the 2000s, something about her made me stop and wonder whether the setting was the 2000s. I think that was intentional, and it added something to the story - I don't know how to phrase exactly what.

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danidamico's review against another edition

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dark funny tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes

4.0

Disorientation es una s√°tira sobre el mundo universitario, principalmente aborda el racismo que predomina en las instituciones acad√©micas de Estados Unidos. La protagonista es Ingrid Yang, una mujer de 29 a√Īos que est√° trabajando en su tesis doctoral. Todo empieza a tomar un giro extra√Īo cuando Ingrid descubre informaci√≥n oculta acerca de Xiao-Wen Chou, el legendario poeta que tom√≥ como objeto para su tesis.

La autora Elaine Hsieh Chou logra construir un texto gracioso y perturbador en partes iguales, explorando las distintas formas en las que el racismo afecta particularmente a las mujeres asi√°ticas, desde la subestimaci√≥n e infantilizaci√≥n en el √°mbito acad√©mico, pasando por la fetichizaci√≥n sexual y la misoginia. El tono de la novela me hizo acordar un poco a Everyone in this Room Will Someday Be Dead de Emily Austin, una de mis lecturas favoritas del a√Īo pasado. Comparten un sentido del humor absurdo, algo tragic√≥mico, y protagonistas neur√≥ticas y algo problem√°ticas. Me gust√≥ mucho el desarrollo de Ingrid, en general suelo sentirme identificada con ese tipo de personajes.

Sí tengo que decir que algunas partes de la trama me parecieron un poco predecibles, en especial el descubrimiento que Ingrid hace alrededor del 30% del libro. Creo que el impacto del
caso de Rachel Dolezal y otros académicos
ya gener√≥ que ante ciertas se√Īales uno se imagine lo que est√° pasando. Dentro de esta misma l√≠nea tambi√©n recomiendo la pel√≠cula de terror Master (2022). En fin, m√°s all√° de las partes predecibles y de ciertos momentos algo forzados, Hsieh Chou crea una obra con mucha personalidad, un humor absurdo muy bien logrado y personajes complejos.

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ramalam98's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

An excellent dark academia-adjacent satire. 

It talks about so many things, from yellowface and cultural appropriation/fetishism to internalised racism, academic burnout, and more. 

It was entertaining throughout, definitely a ‚Äėfood for thought‚Äô kind of book.¬†

My only gripe is with a couple of characters. I found Ingrid to be frustratingly naive and stupid ay times though I believe this was intentional. Eunice also felt underdeveloped and I would have liked to have seen more of her storyline. 

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digestives's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional funny fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Pretty funny in a sad way and exhausting to read because SO MUCH happens.

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ilyevebabitz's review against another edition

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emotional funny inspiring lighthearted mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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devynreadsnovels's review against another edition

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challenging emotional funny reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

3.5


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dfrancis's review against another edition

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funny lighthearted mysterious reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

2.75

The book was well-written and interesting but just not my cup of tea

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arireadsitall's review against another edition

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challenging dark reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Disorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou is a unique mix of hot mess, academia, and satire and I really liked it. Tbh it’s not something I would normally reach for but as someone that grabs books based on covers, this one caught my eye. 

Ingrid is a 29 year old Taiwanese American woman working on her PHD on a dissertation on the late poet Xiao-Wen Chou. Just when she thinks she’s lost inspiration she discovers a strange note in the archives of the poet and down the rabbit hole she goes. The journey this note takes her on is messy and unexpected but also eye opening for Ingrid. The writing read like a fever dream which makes sense since a majority of the time Ingrid was in an allergy medicine brain fog.

I appreciated that this book felt ‚Äúsmart‚ÄĚ but that I didn‚Äôt feel dumb reading it. It made me think and it was eye opening social commentary of racism in the academic world. I also liked that the three female characters were all strong and could stand on their own unlike the men characters.



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