Fixer Chao

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Macmillan, 2002 - Fiction - 377 pages
29 Reviews
Han Ong has written a brilliant exploration of race and class, of character and identity, and of the slippery natures of privilege and expertise. William Paulinha, a Filipino street hustler, is in the early days of self-imposed reform when he meets Shem C. A failed writer now ostracized by his wife and New York City's literati, Shem recruits Paulinha to retaliate against the community that has spurned him. Under Shem's guidance, Paulinha becomes Master Chao, a revered practitioner of Feng Shui—the Chinese art of creating a harmonious environment. As this latter-day confidence man cuts a swath through upper-crust society, his biting observations form a comic picaresque of class resentment and revenge.
  

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Getting into the book is a bit tricky, but once you get used to the voice and punctuation choice, it's a fairly good read. I enjoy the writing itself and the plot, while kind of loose, starts to pull ... Read full review

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Getting into the book is a bit tricky, but once you get used to the voice and punctuation choice, it's a fairly good read. I enjoy the writing itself and the plot, while kind of loose, starts to pull ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
8
Section 2
15
Section 3
20
Section 4
28
Section 5
34
Section 6
38
Section 7
44
Section 8
51
Section 20
191
Section 21
205
Section 22
209
Section 23
212
Section 24
218
Section 25
221
Section 26
224
Section 27
235

Section 9
54
Section 10
62
Section 11
65
Section 12
83
Section 13
138
Section 14
147
Section 15
152
Section 16
155
Section 17
162
Section 18
167
Section 19
169
Section 28
260
Section 29
264
Section 30
289
Section 31
297
Section 32
322
Section 33
348
Section 34
363
Section 35
371
Section 36
373
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About the author (2002)

Han Ong was born and educated in the Philippines and came to the United States as a teenager. He is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and is the author of several critically acclaimed plays. Fixer Chao is his first novel.

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