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 shortcoming of it--amid contemporary American colleges.

Our tale unfolds at fictional Dupont college: these Olympian halls of scholarship housing the cream of America's early life, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with culture . . . Or so it seems that to attractive, excellent 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 success 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 one white beginning participant on Dupont's godlike basketball staff, whose place is threatened through 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 by means of his unintended 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 examine themselves the final bastion of highbrow pastime at the sex-crazed, jock-obsessed campus--she is seduced by way of the heady glamour of popularity, 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 aspect, Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons draws on large observations at campuses around the state to immortalize the early-21st-century college-going experience.

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His brother, Eric, had made these kinds of reliable grades and long past to Northwestern after which to the college of Chicago legislation School—and large deal. For the previous 4 years, at Dupont and his final in highschool, Jojo had thoroughly overshadowed His Majesty the intense Firstborn. within the basic feel, no one knew who the hell Eric Johanssen used to be, and tens of hundreds of thousands, thousands probably, knew who Jojo Johanssen was once. yet … what if anything did occur and no-one within the NBA drafted him? the matter with Vernon Congers used to be no longer quite a bit that he could take his beginning place clear of him, yet that trainer may well carry Congers in off the bench increasingly more and lower into his, Jojo’s, mins, which might suggest that he may fade within the stats and in any other means. If that occurred, he may well overlook the NBA. without notice he’d be that pathetic animal, a faculty has-been with a section of paper from Dupont and nowhere to head. He’d be not anything. perhaps he may perhaps get a role training basketball at Trenton Central—and Eric will be what he was once immediately, a legal professional in Chicago at the threshold of a unlimited destiny … The hell of it was once, Congers was once so goddamned strong! mammoth, powerful, fast, competitive, and completely made up our minds to succeed during this video game! a long way swifter than it'll take to recite it, all this rushed jointly in Jojo’s middle. Now there has been no mistaking the sensation, which was once worry. needed to cease considering it. He regarded round the nice backyard. The afternoon solar, the summer time mild, introduced out the nice and cozy undertones within the grey stone of the Gothic constructions. flickers of yellow, ocher, brown, and pink made all of it glance richer and someway much more large and implementing. The library tower … it used to be like a cathedral … He’d seldom been inside of it, other than with a show. really, there have been once or twice after nighttime he had long past in there to connect with this lady he knew studied in there past due at evening … a guy was once strolling towards him. He famous the fellow, yet who the hell used to be he? In his early forties, most likely, donning a polo blouse, a couple of khaki shipment shorts, and footwear … bad posture … thoroughly undeveloped muscle mass … a bit paunch bulging out over his belt … scrawny legs. Jojo knew he used to be a physique snob, yet he couldn’t support it. How may well a guy enable himself move like that? the fellow used to be sporting the sort of hoople attache circumstances. He used to be coming nearer … Who the hell used to be he? the fellow began smiling. Jojo gave him a befuddled smile in go back. ahead of they handed one another, the man appeared him correct within the face and acknowledged, “Hello, Mr. Johanssen. ” Jojo gave him an embarrassingly unconvincing, “Hey—how are you? ” each one walked on. Mr. Johanssen? That wasn’t a fan speaking. Now, too overdue, it dawned on him: that was once his sociology professor from first semester final 12 months. Like loads of athletes, Jojo was once majoring in sociology, which used to be referred to as an athlete-friendly division. yet what was once the guy’s identify? … Pearlstein, that was once it … Mr. Pearlstein. great man, Mr. Pearlstein … He had given him a holiday on a paper he knew he couldn’t have written.

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