I Am Charlotte Simmons Author:Tom Wolfe Dupont University--the Olympian halls of learning 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 uppercrust coeds ... more »of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.
As Charlotte encounters Dupont's privileged elite--her roommate, Beverly, a fleshy, 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 gains a new, revelatory sense of her own power, that of her difference and of her very innocence, but little does she realize that she will act as a catalyst in all of their lives.
With his signature eye for detail, Tom Wolfe draws on extensive observation of campuses across the country to immortalize college life in the '00s. I Am Charlotte Simmons is the much-anticipated triumph of America's master chronicler.« less
I loved this book! It had such a finger on the pulse of modern university life. I felt like I was back in college! Fantastic characters, great use of "hip" language...I never would have guessed this book was written by a middle-aged man...he nailed the female college experience.
Thinly disguised rant against a certain university located in the South with a well-renowned basketball team. The writing is fun and the characters are so outrageous, but after awhile the humor wears thin.
I didn't care for this book. Having been a fairly naive girl in college not too long ago, I didn't think Charlotte Simmons (or any of the other college characters) "sounded" right. Also, it was written with an apparently condescending tone, which I didn't like.
Just finished reading this. A long (738 page), satisfying read that makes you cringe about the college life and hope that much of it is truly fictional. Wolfe develops his characters and creates a web that eventually intertwines.
Tom Wolfe is one of my favorite authors. I have read and reread his books, always with an interest for the human reaction to life experiences. You actually feel what the characters are feeling, know their ups and downs, share their relief and sorrows.
Tom Wolfe is avery incisive,scathing at times, and always uses words that aren't even in my Random House Dictionary - I think just to be pretentious. He's a brilliant writer and this is a fascinating study of the social class composition of Colleges. Brought back some awful memories from my own college days.
Loved this book. Dead on in descriptions of southern girl facing ivy league school. A bit prudish in the author's point of view, but captures so many college nuances so well that able to ignore fussy author.
Interesting book about life at a big university and how a freshman girl from a small town in NC deals with it. Ironic that I've read this while the scandals at Duke University are hitting the papers. Is this too close for comfort??