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, provides a sensational new novel approximately lifestyles, love, and learning--or the inability of it--amid trendy American colleges.

Our tale unfolds at fictional Dupont collage: 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 apparently to appealing, fabulous 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 gamers; Jojo Johanssen, the single white beginning participant on Dupont's godlike basketball crew, whose place is threatened by way of 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 via 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 reflect on themselves the final bastion of highbrow exercise at the sex-crazed, jock-obsessed campus--she is seduced by way of the heady glamour of popularity, betraying either her values and upbringing ahead of 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 aspect, Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons draws on large observations at campuses around the nation to immortalize the early-21st-century college-going experience.

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The purity—that was once what made her good looks specified, that and the truth that she was once unobtainable. His loins stirred so, he may perhaps believe the tumescence opposed to the fly of his denims. Oh God … he sought after a few of that … He had by no means laid eyes on her on account that then. actual to her notice, she had by no means became up in Whatsisname’s French classification back. “ … perform for 3 and a part fucking hours, after which the place will we pass? again to the eating room the place we see an analogous fucking faces—” Jojo had turn into so absorbed in his chic imaginative and prescient he had misplaced music of what Mike was once speaking approximately. “—or probably spending time within the fucking library writing his personal papers, getting all drawn to anything in addition to basketball—” “Oh shit! ” acknowledged Jojo, thrusting his arms up, hands unfold, as though he have been retaining a tremendous physioball over his head. “I absolutely fucking forgot. I bought a paper due the following day. ” “What in? ” “American background, that fucking man Quat. I don’t comprehend the place they ever bought the belief he’s an athlete-friendly professor. If he’s athlete pleasant, then I’m … I’m … I don’t recognize what. What time is it? ” “About twelve. ” “Shit … he’s quite gonna be pissed if I beep him now. ” “Who is? ” “My historical past train, child named Adam. yet I don’t see that I received any selection. Shit, I hate to do that to him. He’s a pleasant child … Thank God he’s a nerdy little man. He’ll take it with out breaking my fucking balls. ” So he received at the cell and beeped the nerdy little man, and sooner or later the man known as again, and Jojo stated he had to see him straight away. period in-between, Mike had grew to become at the television set, a few sitcom, yet he used to be already uninterested in it, so he prevailed upon Jojo to play a online game whereas he was once anticipating the train. Jojo didn’t take a lot persuading. Mike had a brand new PlayStation three set, and it used to be outstanding. the photographs had intensity and fluid movement; the sounds rose and fell simply the best way they need to, they usually had a wraparound influence, and also you felt such as you quite have been competing—football, baseball, basketball, boxing, judo, whatever—before cheering fanatics in a few large stadium. It was once all eerily real looking. How the hell did they arrive up with this stuff? So Jojo and Mike sat down and collected the handsets for his or her present favourite, which used to be known as Stunt Biker. You have been on a bicycle on a big half-pipe, doing double, triple flips within the air and whole gainers and every thing else, whereas millions cheered. What they either cherished most sensible approximately Stunt Biker have been the wipeouts. in the event you miscalculated in your flips and crashed, you always landed in your neck. In actual lifestyles, even supposing no longer on PlayStation three, you’d be lifeless. Gales of laughter whilst your opponent broke his neck at the concrete floor of the half-pipe … They grew to become so absorbed in Stunt Biker and the cheering multitudes that God is familiar with how a lot time had passed by sooner than they discovered that someone, doubtless the educate, was once again and again knocking at the common-room door. Jojo bought up and opened it. “Hey, Adam! ” acknowledged Jojo. He opened his palms in a gesture of welcome. The tone of his voice and the smile on his face have been the type one may in general retailer for a few pricey yet long-absent pal.

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