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I Am Charlotte Simmons: A Novel e-book

by Dylan Baker,Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe has served up another of his broadly entertaining novels. Adam Begley, The New York Observer

view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. Tom Wolfe has served up another of his broadly entertaining novels. Adam Begley, The New York Observer. His most fully realized and hands-down funniest work of fiction.

I Am Charlotte Simmons. Tom Wolfe; Read by Dylan Baker. Washington Post Book World on Bonfire of the Vanities. The book is as funny as anything Wolfe has ever written; at the same time it is also deeply, strangely affecting. Wolfe is a genius in full. People on A Man in Full.

I Am Charlotte Simmons: A Novel. Written by Tom Wolfe. I Am Charlotte Simmons is the much-anticipated triumph of America's master chronicler. I am caught in a place where the books I chose to read are stupid and silly. I can't believe I made an author mistake

I Am Charlotte Simmons: A Novel. Narrated by Dylan Baker. A Macmillan Audio production. I can't believe I made an author mistake. Thomas Wolfe vs Tom Wolfe.

I am Charlotte Simmons book. Halfway through Tom Wolfe's enormous new novel about contemporary college life, I finally devised a question to keep my interest piqued: "Is it humanly possible," I wondered, "to write another 100 pages - another 200 pages, another 300 pages - without describing a single surprising event?" It is. With "I Am Charlotte Simmons," Wolfe has ventured onto the university campus and sent back reams of hyperventilating testimony: College students are slovenly and crude. They drink way too much.

With his signature eye for detail, Tom Wolfe draws on extensive observation of campuses .

With his signature eye for detail, Tom Wolfe draws on extensive observation of campuses across the country to immortalize college life in the '00s. Instrumental Christmas Music with Fireplace 24/7 - Merry Christmas!

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

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

Tom Wolfe Talks About I Am Charlotte Simmons In I Am Charlotte Simmons, Tom Wolfe masterfully chronicles college sports, fraternities, keggers, coeds, and sex-all through the eyes of the titular Simmons, a bright and beautiful freshman at the fictional Dupont University. com exclusive audio clip of Wolfe talking about his new novel. Listen to Tom Wolfe Talk About I Am Charlotte Simmons. 1931: Thomas Kennerly Wolfe, Jr. born in Richmond, VA, on March 2. Wolfe later attends Washington and Lee University (BA, English, 1951), and Yale University (P. Tom Wolfe; Read by Dylan Baker

I Am Charlotte Simmons. Among his many honors, Tom was awarded the National Book Award, the John Dos Passos Award, the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence, the National Humanities Medal, and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his . at Washington and Lee University, graduating cum laude, and a P. in American studies at Yale.

Tom Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons, for all his customary dazzling writing, is all foreplay and very . Tom Wolfe dressed down for this, his third novel.

Tom Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons, for all his customary dazzling writing, is all foreplay and very little consummation. The problem was that a seventy-something man in a trademark white suit complete with stiff collared shirts, a fob watch and spats might look a little conspicuous in coed dorms.

A small cloud formed-the rising number of academic geeks, book humpers, homosexuals, flute prodigies, and other diversoids who were now being admitte. evertheless! There’s their Dupont, which is just a diploma with Dupont written on i. nd there’s the real Dupont-which is ours!

2005 Audie Award Finalist
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).

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