A review by annexelizabeth
Disorientation, by Elaine Hsieh Chou

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


sharp and funny. i had a ton of fun with this pageturning, hilarious, totally unsubtle satire of academia and social justice culture. honestly, i didn't have a problem with how overt this satire was for the most part; i found elaine hsieh chou's prose to be compelling and her observations to be amusing and sharp. the only real problem i had with the overt nature of the satire is the cartoonish nature of most of the characters as a consequence of that over-the-top satire, but honestly i had so much fun in this total romp of a book that i didn't mind that the characters were not particularly complex. in particular, i really enjoyed the integration of different forms of prose in this book, from book reviews to trial transcripts to monologues and more. just tons of fun and i'm looking forward to whatever chou does next