I Am Charlotte Simmons: A Novel

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Macmillan, Nov 9, 2004 - Fiction - 676 pages
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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 of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

As Charlotte encounters 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 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.

 

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User Review  - featherbear - LibraryThing

Country girl goes to college (probably a fictionalized Duke). Just askin' but why does an old guy like Tom Wolfe always write about the young people? Jonathan Franzen doesn't have these May-December issues; a Tom Wolfe.for our times? Read full review

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User Review  - PortM - LibraryThing

I've given up an hour and twenty two minutes into this audiobook. After an amusing initial episode following the thoughts of a college kid who is evidently destined to become the modern Sherman McCoy ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue The Dupont Man
5
1 That Single Promise
13
2 The Whole Black Player Thing
34
3 The Mermaid Blushed
60
4 The Dummy
90
5 You the Man
107
6 The Most Ordinary Protocol
130
Lost Province Entracte
148
18 The Lifeguard
343
19 The Hand
359
20 Cool
373
21 Get What?
388
22 Shaking Hands with Fortune
408
23 Model on a Runway
424
24 To Us
451
25 You Okay?
474

7 His Majesty the Baby
159
8 The View up Mount Parnassus
175
9 Socrates
184
10 Hot Guys
194
11 Onstage a Star
224
12 The H Word
245
13 The Walk of Shame
268
14 Millennial Mutants
280
15 The Tailgaters
298
16 The Sublime
320
17 The Conscious Little Rock
334
26 How Was It?
491
27 In the Dead of the Night
521
28 The Exquisite Dilemma
559
29 Stand Up Straight for Gay Day
580
30 A Different Preposition
606
31 To Be a Man
628
32 The Hair from Lenins Goatee
637
33 The Soul Without Quotation Marks
656
34 The Ghost in the Machine
668
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Tom Wolfe is one of the founders of the new journalism movement and author of such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Man in Full. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He lives in New York City.

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