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I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
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Feb 24, 11

bookshelves: 2011, fictionistas
Read from February 12 to 18, 2011

Addie's pick for the Fictionistas book club.

(This book ends so abruptly that I thought I had bought a copy that was missing the last pages. It is not a novel I would have picked up of my own volition, which I guess is the point of a book club, right?)

I felt for Charlotte Simmons; I felt for all the characters, really, who each are striving for significance and worth in their own respective ways, buying into the lies that the college experience feeds them, chasing after the phantoms of "importance" and "success" as the world would define them. Charlotte, through the purity of academia. Adam, through revolution-- or attempts, at least. Hoyt, through money and charm and all the futile failings of the stereotypical upper-crust. Jojo, through the arena of athletics. Tom Wolfe is great at describing things. That sentence felt so inadequate in view of what he's written within this story, but that's as simply as I can put it.

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