I Am Charlotte Simmons: A Novel

By Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe, the grasp social novelist of our time, the spot-on chronicler of all issues modern and cultural, offers a sensational new novel approximately existence, love, and learning--or the inability of it--amid modern day American colleges.

Our tale unfolds at fictional Dupont college: these Olympian halls of scholarship housing the cream of America's formative years, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with culture . . . Or so it sounds as if to appealing, impressive Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina. yet Charlotte quickly learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, intercourse, cool, and kegs trump educational fulfillment each time.

As Charlotte encounters the paragons of Dupont's privileged elite--her roommate, Beverly, a Groton-educated Brahmin in lusty pursuit of lacrosse avid gamers; Jojo Johanssen, the single white beginning participant on Dupont's godlike basketball group, whose place is threatened via a hotshot black freshman from the initiatives; the younger Turk of Saint Ray fraternity, Hoyt Thorpe, whose heady feel of entitlement and social domination is clinched through his unintentional brawl with a bodyguard for the governor of California; and Adam Geller, one of many Millennial Mutants who run the university's "independent" newspaper and who think of themselves the final bastion of highbrow activity at the sex-crazed, jock-obsessed campus--she is seduced by means of the heady glamour of reputation, betraying either her values and upbringing earlier than she grasps the facility of being different--and the unique attract of her personal innocence.

With his trademark satirical wit and famously sharp eye for telling element, Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons draws on broad observations at campuses around the kingdom to immortalize the early-21st-century college-going experience.

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Similar to that she collapsed. Julian slightly controlled to maintain her from hitting the ground. “Aw, shit,” he acknowledged. He lifted up her inert shape and flung it over his shoulder. “Fucking Roofies. ” He became to hold the woman out of the room—and a sludgy brown circulation used to be operating down the again of 1 leg. It was once putrid. Feces. Charlotte went, “Hoyt—Hoyt—” She used to be horrified. “Ecch,” acknowledged Hoyt. “Nothing to fret approximately. Girl’s loopy. She takes muscle relaxants. ” sooner or later, Hoyt got here again from the bar with cups, one for her and one for himself. He raised his, as though creating a toast. nonetheless extraordinarily embarrassed and confident that the complete room was once ready to determine what she may do, she raised her box, and Hoyt tapped it together with his. now not figuring out what else to do, she positioned hers to her lips and took a sip.

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