I loved this book! It had such a finger on the pulse of modern university life. I felt like I was back in college! Fantastic characters, great use of "hip" language...I never would have guessed this book was written by a middle-aged man...he nailed the female college experience.
I didn't care for this book. Having been a fairly naive girl in college not too long ago, I didn't think Charlotte Simmons (or any of the other college characters) "sounded" right. Also, it was written with an apparently condescending tone, which I didn't like.
Thinly disguised rant against a certain university located in the South with a well-renowned basketball team. The writing is fun and the characters are so outrageous, but after awhile the humor wears thin.
Just finished reading this. A long (738 page), satisfying read that makes you cringe about the college life and hope that much of it is truly fictional. Wolfe develops his characters and creates a web that eventually intertwines.
Geared for the younger set and full of foul language, it was not the kind of book I ordinarily would rate so high.
my daughter is a freshman in college so I was trying to relate,
the reader did an excellent job.
Beware, your institutions of higher learning will lose a few points of respect after reading this!
Interesting book about life at a big university and how a freshman girl from a small town in NC deals with it. Ironic that I've read this while the scandals at Duke University are hitting the papers. Is this too close for comfort??
I'm listing this as a "book read" only so I don't purchase again. Tried to like this one but 150 pages in of this 700+ page book I gave up. I didn't like any of the characters. They were all so exaggerated and I just didn't want to keep reading 700 pages about college stupidity and overinflated egos and high strung anxieties. Kept trying just another chapter, just another chapter, but finally I gave up.
Tom Wolfe is one of my favorite authors. I have read and reread his books, always with an interest for the human reaction to life experiences. You actually feel what the characters are feeling, know their ups and downs, share their relief and sorrows.
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As with much Wolfe, this is essentially a burlesque paean to masculinity, only here juxtaposed with the uncomfortably complex social and emotional undercurrents of the PC movement. It is also classic Wolfe in its roaring, operatic conclusion and denouement, tying together too many wild threads a little too neatly. The deus ex machina that saves the day for all, even Charlotte, is-- who would have thought-- a work of fiction-styled journalism! Hyper-celebrated college athletes are roasted but not really questioned; post-feminist collegiate sexual politics are explored in sultifying detail but not really lamented (other than being shown as grotesque and vulgar). It takes a crack at the American class system but in the end accepts it with effete resignation. A worthwhile read, worth it alone for seeing a septuagenarian's romp with potty slang.
This was an excellent, enthralling book. It brought me back to my college days, although much of the book was more extreme than anything I experienced. The book brings you inside the heads of various college students including Charlotte Simmons, who is a genius mountain girl who has lead a sheltered life up until now. The others are a basketball star, a frat boy, and a nerd.
Tom Wolfe is avery incisive,scathing at times, and always uses words that aren't even in my Random House Dictionary - I think just to be pretentious. He's a brilliant writer and this is a fascinating study of the social class composition of Colleges. Brought back some awful memories from my own college days.
Loved this book. Dead on in descriptions of southern girl facing ivy league school. A bit prudish in the author's point of view, but captures so many college nuances so well that able to ignore fussy author.
i was a litte intimidated at first by the size of this book. however it proved to be a fast, enjoyable read. Your heart will go out to Charlotte, a girl who doesn't really belong but finally finds her place.
A fun read. It made me think back to my own innocent venture into college life. The ending was a little too "neat" for my own tastes, but still a fun/frightening glance into college life. I'm glad my kids are still too young to be thinking about it all!
A pretty fun & amusing read, but I didn't think there was much to it. Wolfe really knows his youth of today, though. It kept me entertained, but I felt like it lacked any real direction, for the most part. Still, I'm glad I read it (I know it doesn't sound like it).
"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 wide-eyed, bookish freshman from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. But Charlotte soon leans, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, 'cool', and kegs trump her towering academic ambitions every time."
"As Charlotte encounters the paragons of Dupont's priviledged elite - her Groton-educated roommate, Bevery; Jojo Johanssen, the only white starting player on Dupont's godlike basketball team; the Young Turk of Saint Ray fraternity, Hoyt Thorpe; and Adam Gellin, one of the Millennial Mutants who run the university's "independent" newspaper - she is seduced by the heady glamour of acceptance, betraying her values and upbringing before she grasps the power of being different and the exotic allure of her innocence."
"With his celebrated eye for telling detail, Tom Wolfe draws on extensive observation of campuses across the country to immortalize college life in the '00s. I Am Charlotte Simmons is the latest triumph of America's master social novelist, our spot-on chronicler of the way we live now."
All parents sending their kids to college should read this. Then they shouldn't be surprised if their kids call home and say, "Um, Mom and Dad, I have something to tell you that you won't like to hear." Any multitude of bad situations. A very entertaining read nonetheless. It took me back to those completely irresponsible times that my wife and I plan to have our kids detour. Charlotte gave in too easy really and I believe this was due to her character not really have an actual foundation to stand on. She had ideas about what kind of character she wanted to have but no solid reason why. This I could relate to but I didn't have her naivete. I was the nice promiscuous guy. The kind of guy I don't want my son's to be.
A smart girl from the hills of North Carolina goes off to a predious Uuniversity. She finds her small towm ways are moked by everyone in the big new world of college life. She finds her place after several missteps in her attempt to " fit in" ,after her begins giving advise to someone who valuses her for herself.