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Author: Tom Wolfe
ISBN13: 978-0006394051
Title: I Am Charlotte Simmons
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Language: English
Category: Literary
Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1st Edition edition (September 26, 2005)

I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe

I am Charlotte Simmons is a 2004 novel by Tom Wolfe, concerning sexual and status relationships at the fictional Dupont University.

Prologue: the dupont man. Every time the men’s-room door opened, the amped-up onslaught of Swarm, the band banging out the concert in the theater overhead, came crashing in, ricocheting off all the mirrors and ceramic surfaces until it seemed twice as loud. But then an air hinge would close the door, and Swarm would vanish, and you could once again hear students drunk on youth and beer being funny or at least loud as they stood before the urinals. Two of them were finding it amusing to move their hands back and forth in front of the electric eyes to make the. I Am Charlotte Simmons. Hooking Up. The Bonfire of the Vanities. The Purple Decades - a Reader. Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers.

Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a freshman from Sparta, North Carolina (pop. 900), who has come here on full scholarship in full flight from her tobacco-chewing, beer-swilling high school classmates. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that Dupont is closer in spirit to Sodom than to Athens, and that sex, crank, and kegs trump academic achievement every time. very innocence, but little does she realize that she will act as a catalyst in all of their lives. I Am Charlotte Simmons Tom Wolfe. Prologue: The Dupont Man. 1. That Single Promise.

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I Am Charlotte Simmons. Publication date: 2004. 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 freshman from Sparta, North Carolina (pop. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that Dupont is closer. A small cloud formed-the rising number of academic geeks, book humpers, homosexuals, flute prodigies, and other diversoids who were now being admitted. Nevertheless! There's their Dupont, which is just a diploma with "Dupont" written on i. nd there's the real Dupont-which is ours! His heart was so full he wanted to pour it out to Vance. To My Two Collegians. You have been a joy, a surprise, a source of wonderment for me at every stage of your young lives. So I suppose I shouldn’t be astonished by what you have done for me and this book; but I am, and dedicating it to you is a mere whisper of my gratitude. I gave you the manuscript hoping you might vet it for undergraduate vocabulary. That you did. I learned that using the oath Jesus Christ establishes the speaker as, among other things, middle-aged or older.

I am very busy with work and kids and the fact that I read every word in the book and finished it within a week was, for me, strong validation of the entertainment value of this book. And I still find myself wondering what JoJo is up to right now. If you like Wolfe you'll like this book.

Behind the Books of . Wodehouse Dec. 2, 2004. Kevin Boyle's, 'Arc of Justice' Nov. 15, 2004. Tom Wolfe Goes to College with 'Charlotte Simmons' Nov.

Beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons thinks the hallowed hallsof Dupont University are all about learning. But she soon discovers, to hermounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, sports and kegstrump academic ambitions.

With his celebrated eye for telling detail, Tom Wolfeimmortalizes college life in the 21st century. I Am Charlotte Simmons isthe latest triumph of America’s master social novelist.

"[IAm Charlotte Simmons] isso full of news and social commentary andgives rise to so many surprisingand funny set pieces that you wonderwhy someone didn’t think aboutwriting this sooner." - The New YorkTimes Magazine

Reviews: 7
Tom Wolfe has done it again- this time skewering, examining, and exploring in a Dante's Inferno- like expose of the modern University system with the patois of today's America. Socially and academically, the story follows several plot lines and characters with an often changeable omniscient/first-person narrative, all beginning and ending with Appalachian intellectual wunderkind Charlotte Simmons, the grateful and awed recipient of a full ride Dupont scholarship for her undergraduate degree. Dupont is a fictional representation of an Ivy League university, ripe with tradition, pomp, and ego. Charlotte's free ride is due to her exceptional mental capacity, the guidance of a spinster high school teacher, Miss Prentiss (who recognizes her innate talent) and a near-perfect ACT/SAT score. Valedectorian of her small rural high school, socially awkward Charlotte's only source of confidence is her intellectual prowess which sets her apart from her country brethren, and even her own family. Her dreams of Dupont as an intellectual playground is exposed to be a comically tragic misrepresentation. Years of not fitting in with her peers leads Charlotte to make compromises and pursue a single-minded focus of achieving the esteem of her classmates. Charlotte gradually abandons her life of the mind for the life of the social. A multi-layered story, beginning with the indignities of dorm life and wanton behavior of newly freed young adults let loose with the judgement and experience commensurate with their young age is a chilling, sobering, and troubling portrait of the modern American campus. Academic posturing, pretentious professors, catfights, loss of innocence, heartbreak, sexual exploits and pursuits, binge drinking, academic cheating, and the machinations of college athletics are all barbequed, skewered, and served on a platter by Wolfe in this unforgettable tome. The microscope that this book places on our revered institutions of learning is a must-read. Universities isolate young people to create their own culture, fostering a climate of sexual, moral, and religious nebulousness, all with intense academic demands. What is at stake at universities is far more than than grades; it is a battle for hearts, minds, and souls, that can change individual lives permanently.Growing up is never easy, but Wolfe makes it clear that when buying an education, caveat emptor. Charlotte's education may have been free but the cost will be high based on the book's end.
Wolfe's novels have bouts of power-driven prose that float just above the plotline; namely, his plotting is never as dynamic as vignettes of his prose or the power of his vocabulary. That being said, this novel is about sexual and social mores circa the hook up generation whether it be on or off a college campus. His point and, his perspective, and his wit make it worth the ride. Some will cheer for Charlotte by novel's end; I cried. That split-screen view of contemporary American society makes this an ultimately satisfying read but not a quick and not an easy read. NB: By "easy read", I refer to the ideas and how the novel sits with you, not the actual wordy glee with which Wolfe writes.
My brother gave me Bonfire of the Vanities for my birthday many years ago while living in different towns - we read it at the same time and loved it. A year later I gave him A Man in Full and we did the same. I enjoyed it but didn't like it nearly as much as Bonfire. So 15 years later I was looking for a bday gift for him and went looking for any Tom Wolfe books that were published post-Man/Full - settled on Charlotte Simmons.

I was apprehensive about getting this book because it got beat up pretty good in the reviews and the sales were poor, but for prosperity sake I bought two copies - one for me and one I sent to my brother. I must say I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked the book. I would rank it somewhere between Bonfire and Man/Full.

I have always been drawn to Wolfe's writing style - the way he carries on a conversation with the reader hearing the main character's thoughts throughout. I love the situations he comes up with and his sarcastic observations really click with me. The story was just ok - I thought it dragged on a little about 2/3 of the way thru and I thought the ending was a little weak - I yearned for more details of the dramatic events at the end and I found his ending uninspiring. Although even taking all that into account I was drawn into his characters, their backgrounds and story lines. Knowing that he puts a lot of research into his novels I was intrigued by his view of college life and the influence that athletics has on it. Although some of the dialog of the characters seemed a little over the top I found the side-stories fascinating.

I am very busy with work and kids and the fact that I read every word in the book and finished it within a week was, for me, strong validation of the entertainment value of this book. And I still find myself wondering what JoJo is up to right now. If you like Wolfe you'll like this book.
Using the setting of the modern college experience, author Tom Wolfe creates a thoroughly entertaining story to make social commentary on the decline of American culture. While doing so, the author is very critical of the American university culture--the hooking up, vulgarity, partying, shallowness, and political correct herd mentality. The book has been accused of being too stereotypical--I think that may have been intentional use of hyperbole to make a larger point. This is not meant to be a 100% realistic book on current college life with the latest slang and the latest fads. The point of the book is to make us think that maybe we are adrift and could use a good dose of questioning the questioning. Although the characters and Charlotte Simmons are not the main point, their story is enthralling and completely believable in itself. Each character and plotline seems like it could have happened and has happened at some point even if it feels slightly exaggerated. This book is outstanding as entertainment but will also make you think--that is the genius of Tom Wolfe. Highly recommended (warning--lots of explicit language and sexual content though).