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 sheltered freshman from Sparta, North Carolina, who has come here on a full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.
As Charlotte encounters Dupont's elite - her roommate, Beverly, a fleshy, privileged Brahmin in lusty pursuit of lacrosse players; Jojo Johanssen, the only white starting player on Dupont's godlike basketball team; the Young Turk of Saint Ray fraternity, Hoyt Thorpe, whose heady sense of entitlement and social domination is clinched by his accidental brawl with a bodyguard for the governor of California; and Adam Gellin, one of the Millennium Mutants who run the university's 'independent' newspaper and who consider themselves the last bastion of intellectual endeavour on campus - she gains a new, revelatory sense of her own power, that of her difference and of her very innocence. But little does she realize that she will act as a catalyst in all of their lives.
I finished this book three months ago and I already feel I want to read it again.
Charlotte Simmons is one of the most true-to-life characters I've ever read about in a book.
Many times I wondered how a male author could have written so realistically about a female character (in spite of the narration sometimes slipping into being overly piteous).
I feel particularly sentimental about this book, that represent my first approach to the english language.
That's why I won't, of course, be neutral about it!
Anyway, it talks with a detached sight about the transformation of a young american lady in the femme fatale of the college..very american, very sour!
A very imaginative piece of fiction in the heart of the American university system. I liked it a lot with the following advise: the book is basically divided into 3 parts. First (about 500 pages) the build-up of a the main character throughout the first semester, which is very interesting and enjoyable. After something bad happens, we go through the next 200 pages or so, following the trip to hell of Charlotte: I think this part could/should have been cut by half. In the end, we start to see the re-emergence of a new Charlotte, but this comes to an abrupt end after only 100 pages...this should have been longer......Continua
I read this during my semester abroad. It was a cure for all feelings of homesickness.
Tom Wolfe is a brilliant American social commentator (Bonfire of the Vanities) and continues with Charlotte. The fact that a not-so-young but very distinguished man can narrate so clearly the thoughts and fears of a 19-year old college girl is quite a feat. He does enlist the help of his daughters.
The book is a crystal clear, sometimes smutty (necessarily, afterall this is about college life), realistic look at the typical American experience of so many young women today.
Charlotte, like myself, grew up in a small town and was head of the class. She moved away from everything she knew to the halls of academia. She soon found that there is a darker side lurking beneath the certificates and libraries.
Heartbreaking but empowering.