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I am Charlotte Simmons - Tom Wolfe
I am Charlotte Simmons
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Tom Wolfe, the master social novelist of our time, the spot-on chronicler of all things contemporary and cultural, presents a sensational new novel about life, love, and learning--or the lack of it--amid today's American colleges.Our story unfolds at fictional Dupont University: those Olympian... show more
Tom Wolfe, the master social novelist of our time, the spot-on chronicler of all things contemporary and cultural, presents a sensational new novel about life, love, and learning--or the lack of it--amid today's American colleges.Our story unfolds at fictional Dupont University: those Olympian halls of scholarship housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition . . . Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.As Charlotte encounters the paragons of Dupont's privileged elite--her roommate, Beverly, a Groton-educated Brahmin in lusty pursuit of lacrosse players; Jojo Johanssen, the only white starting player on Dupont's godlike basketball team, whose position is threatened by a hotshot black freshman from the projects; the Young Turk of Saint Ray fraternity, Hoyt Thorpe, whose heady sense of entitlement and social domination is clinched by his accidental brawl with a bodyguard for the governor of California; and Adam Geller, one of the Millennial Mutants who run the university's "independent" newspaper and who consider themselves the last bastion of intellectual endeavor on the sex-crazed, jock-obsessed campus--she is seduced by the heady glamour of acceptance, betraying both her values and upbringing before she grasps the power of being different--and the exotic allure of her own innocence.With his trademark satirical wit and famously sharp eye for telling detail, Wolfe draws on extensive observations at campuses across the country to immortalize the early-21st-century college-going experience.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780312424442 (0312424442)
Publisher: Picador
Pages no: 738
Edition language: English
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Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
Execrable. Tom Wolfe has become a grumpy old man worried about coed bathrooms. He's rather bothered by what the kids these days are up to, with their loud music and long hair.
popsiclesinbed
popsiclesinbed rated it
I like to think of Tom Wolfe doing his research at the University of Michigan, bar-crawling in his double-breasted suit. Some reviews give this book a hard time about using stereotyped characters, but I think part of the point of the book is how college students stereotype themselves and put themsel...
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it
3.0
Weird story, typical of Wolfe, but I gotta give the old guy an extra star for the research he did among young people to give this story authenticity!
ashleyeleigh
ashleyeleigh rated it
Full disclosure, I was a student at Duke when this book came out (this book takes place at a very thinly veiled version of the school). Everyone was talking about it, and I actually read (tried to read actually) this for a class back in '05.Having said that, I despise this book. This man wouldn't kn...
Read Fragment
Read Fragment rated it
As overwrought as this book is, it contains exciting glimpses of the modern college experience. Despite the fundementally unappealing portrayl, I felt proud to point out the parts of my "glory days" that I recognized on the page. Perhaps even more poignant were the glimpses of the painful trial by...
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