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I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
I Am Charlotte Simmons

floridecolorado, October 19, 2006

Wolfe offers no great expose of contemorary academic life, but Charlotte nevertheless leaves the reader feeling cynical and (almost) hopeless. So the great American Empire has degenerated to such an extent that its greatest repositories of human learning are little more than hedonistic cauldrons of egos and libidos thrashing and clashing. Sure makes one want to never have any children.
Seems like Wolfe pulled his punches in skewering the mind-numbing political correctness on campuses today and how any student who dares to be non-leftist is ostracized, and worse.
I almost believe, after Tom Wolfe dies, that a properly done autopsy would reveal that the novelist has a supernatural ability to read peoples' minds. He seems to know what's in the heart of anybody and everybody.
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