Just for the record, I am not a fan of Tom Wolfe. I know he is purported to be the novelist for right wing types, but he just isn’t my cup of tea. I once tried to get through the Bonfire of the Vanities but didn’t finish it. I didn’t even see the movie. Of course it could have something to do with the size of his novels. The current work is 688 pages, his previous work (A Man in Full) is 742, and Bonfire is 704 in paperback. Those are large undertakings for a popular novel. I think I would rather tackle Anna Karenina if I have to approach a work of that size. Added to the mix, believe it or not, is a certain amount of prudery relating to the current book. I am not really all that interested in a book dominated by frank portrayal of college student’s sexual peccadillos. So count me out of the Tom Wolfe fan club I am afraid.
As a public service I will throw up a few links. If you are looking for the scoop on I Am Charlotte Simmons here are a few conversations that might interest you:
– Slate is having a book club discussion on his latest release.
– Here is a Weekly Standard review.
– The folks over at Bandarlog are discussing the Slate and Weekly Standard reviews.
– And here is pop sociologist David Brooks on Wolfe.