A review by thewordsdevourer
Disorientation, by Elaine Hsieh Chou

challenging emotional funny reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes


disorientation is an enjoyable novel, hilarious yet blistering in its satire that spares absolutely no one, reflecting and exploring a white supremacist society but also challenging it and our own biases and conceptions.

the bookĀ 
sheds light on many under- or not-as-deftly explored issues like social justice discourses while also being aware of intersectionality. my fav thing abt it is prolly how chou's satire is also chillingly realistic, humorous is its uncomfortable truths of how minorities grapple w/ them and how far the reach of yts are both in personal relationships and larger institutions.

many of the plot points are predictable, however, and what bothers me most is the scale of the story. tho xiao wen chou is supposedly an ubiquitous cultural force as america's asian american literary wet dream, the consequences/impact from revelations related to him are befuddlingly small, confined to merely a campus and city level where things play out, tho in fact it shouldve been explosive on a national level.

overall, def recommend for truth dropping and enjoyable satire, if one could withhold disbelief abt the story's scale.

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