A scandalous exploration of elite undergraduate life from the author of The Bonfire of the Vanities
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, status, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.
As Charlotte encounters Dupont's elite, she gains a new, revelatory sense of her own power, that of her difference and of her very innocence. But little does she realise that she will act as a catalyst in all of their lives.
‘A firecracker of a novel... A pyrotechnic delight just as dazzling as The Bonfire of the Vanities’ - Sunday Express
A firecracker of a novel... A pyrotechnic delight just as dazzling as The Bonfire of the Vanities
Brilliant... Not just a rollicking comedy of campus misbehaviour but a blistering indictment of contemporary standards
Exaggerates and deflates the pretensions of America's future ruling class in hilarious style
These are Wolfe's most memorable characters and this is his best book yet
Exuberant, lovingly crafted grotesquery
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