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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 shortcoming of it--amid today's American colleges.

Our tale unfolds at fictional Dupont collage: these Olympian halls of scholarship housing the cream of America's adolescence, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with culture . . . Or so it sounds as if to appealing, remarkable 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 group, whose place is threatened via 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 undertaking at the sex-crazed, jock-obsessed campus--she is seduced through the heady glamour of reputation, betraying either her values and upbringing sooner than she grasps the ability of being different--and the unique attract of her personal innocence.

With his trademark satirical wit and famously sharp eye for telling element, Wolfe attracts on huge observations at campuses around the state to immortalize the early-21st-century college-going adventure.

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