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What Critics are Saying

"Our pre-eminent social realist...trains his all-seeing eye on the institution of the American university...Wolfe's rhapsodic prose style finds its perfect target in academia's beer-soaked bacchanals." —Newsday

"Wolfe is one of the greatest literary stylists and social observers of our much observed postmodern era. . . . A rich, wise, absorbing, and irresistible novel." —Lev Grossman, Time

"[A] scathingly clear-eyed, often very funny take on college life." —NPR's All Things Considered

"A lot of fun. . . . Hilarious." —Francine Prose, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Rollicking...Just as Americans continue to read A Farewell to Arms, or The Great Gatsby, we'll be reading I AM CHARLOTTE SIMMONS for many years."—Carlin Romano, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Wolfe's dialogue is some of the finest in literature, not just fast but deep. He hears the cacophony of our modern lives." —Susan Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

"Dazzling . . . Brilliant . . . I couldn't stop reading it . . . Tom Wolfe can make words dance and sing and perform circus tricks, he can make the reader sigh with pleasure before his arias of coloratura description, he can do just about anything in these pages with words." —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

"[It has] the old Wolfean razzle-dazzle." —Charles Matthews, San Jose Mercury News

"Telling . . . Rich detail." —Newsweek

"A bold new work of fiction." —Men's Journal

"Tom Wolfe has scored a slam dunk with his . . . attention to style, the rule-bending punctuation, the deftness of slang dialogue, and that biting satire." —Steve Garbarino, New York Post

"A vivid tour of what purports to be contemporary campus life." —Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Wolfe still is nearly unrivaled among fiction writers for burrowing into multiple subcultures and then taking us along." —Phil Kloer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"A captivating tale . . . Wolfe can do things with words and settings that few writers are capable of matching.... Sit back and enjoy the ride." —Tom Walker, Denver Post

"Compulsively readable . . . perfect for a long plane ride or a weekend at the beach . . . . A great read." —Curt Schleier, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel


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