Hendersonville, NC, United States | Member Since 2004
A long rambling story of a guy who is good, bad and indifferent. In the end I didn't much care for or about Phillip or any of the other characters one way or another.
Caution, tedious book. The main character of the book is a liar, a thief, a drunk, a drug addict, a duplicate of his father, an alleged chronicler, and in the end a dribbling pathetic mournful philosopher. If you cut out 100 pages of the book, which one could easily do, if nothing else by cutting out the million times the dope says "What?" it might have been a better read. I stuck it out for the many hours waiting to be wowed after reading so many glowing reviews. Largely for naught.
I liked the story and the telling. By the end, however, the author was such a weakling who caved in to each and every character in the book, I simply disliked the guy. I'm surprised the man had the courage to write the book at all.
I've now read three of her books. I feel there is a disconnect between the life she describe in the beginning and where she is now. People and places and events are missing here. To me she has become quite tiresome in exposing, at great length and in greater detail, the failings of her life. I liked Liar's Club far more.
As always, well written, and very well performed by Robin Sachs. In the end the story is not satisfying.
Disappointed. The violence, the redundancy of the evil notes about Trujillo were, in the end, boring. How many "worst beatings" can there be? In this story many. The Dominican Republic and Dominicans in general should be thoroughly insulted by their characterizations. Frankly, in the end it wasn't such an interesting story.
What a terrible mistake to have the Kate Reading narrate this book. She simply does not "sound" the part. I couldn't get beyond it. Much better to get the abridged version read by Emily Gray who is more the character. The book's good, but to have someone who seems too old and too mature reading a first person narrative is wrong. Listen to the two samples before choosing.
After slogging through this meaningless tome, I realized how shallow Wolfe made his lead character. It was a poor and wrong characterization of a girl from rural North Carolina. In the end I was amazed that Wolfe completely left out the role of religion in such a persons life. It is extremely unlikely that Charlotte would have left Sparta without a religious thought in her head. Although Wolfe may be godless, rural Southerners rarely are. But he makes his character rather souless and not very sympathetic with almost no moral code of behavior. So Charlotte goes through her year in college with its very tedious situations and never once thinks to seek spiritual guidance of any kind. I'm not particularly religious, but I know people from my region and Charlotte Simmons rings very hollow. The book is a boring waste of time.
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