I Am Charlotte Simmons: A Novel

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Macmillan, Aug 30, 2005 - Fiction - 738 pages
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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 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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Went on an extra 100 pages of repeating going over Charlotte's depression and it got out of hand. Otherwise, I liked it. Very accurate portrayal of college but sort of hammering in some ideas too much. Read full review

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I first read the german translation of this book back when it came out in 2005. I had started reading some time in the afternoon and had it finished by 3:30 am. I just couldn't put it down. I ... Read full review

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Contents

the Dupont Man
3
That Single Promise
11
The Whole Black Player Thing
34
The Mermaid Blushed
62
The Dummy
95
You the Man
114
The Most Ordinary Protocol
139
Lost Province Entracte
158
The Lifeguard
371
The Hand
389
Cool
404
Get What?
420
Shaking Hands with Fortune
442
Model on a Runway
459
ToUs
488
You Okay?
514

His Majesty the Baby
170
The View Up Mount Parnassus
188
Socrates
197
Hot Guys
208
Onstage a Star
242
The H Word
265
The Walk of Shame
290
Millennial Mutants
303
The Tailgaters
322
The Sublime
345
The Conscious Little Rock
361
How Was It?
533
In the Dead of the Night
566
The Exquisite Dilemma
608
Stand Up Straight for Gay Day
631
A Different Preposition
660
To Be a Man
685
The Hair from Lenins Goatee
695
The Soul Without Quotation Marks
716
The Ghost in the Machine
730
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Tom Wolfe is the author of more than a dozen books, among them 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 lives in New York City.

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