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How do I explain my huge disappointment in this book? It was effective and enabled me to get completely absorbed in the odd world of Arcadia and its people. Sep 26, karen rated it really liked it.

Arcadia by Lauren Groff – review

Arcadia takes us from an enactment of utopia to the dawning of a dystopian nightmare in the span of its pages. One was a credibility problem with a commune functioning at this level for such a long time–into the early s. Oh – and you’re allowed three inches of warm bathwater each week. View all 41 comments.

His empathy is a raw ache that seems sometimes too intense for a little heart. It is acradia story of Ridley Stone–called Bit for reasons that are made clear during the story–and his life acadia up in, growing out of, and growing to understand mostly a counterculture commune founded at the time of his birth: Jun 17, Kylie Sparks rated it really liked it Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Bit’s life moves from Utopia to Armageddon. Arcasia stops into a diner alone one Thanksgiving night and observes the scene: But she does have the same gift for writing about family relationships, emotional reality.

This is my second Lauren Groff book. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband, Clay, and her dog, Cooper. Once it got rolling, I liked the later parts of it quite a bit. But I could see that the writing was far too good to quit reading.

Lauren Groff | Arcadia

And Bit is, if possible, even more lovable, because he still has somehow retained that innocence and decency despite a whole bunch more shitty things happening to him. She writes in lush and languid tones, as Bit rotates through years harmonious and troubled.


One more criticism – beyond the main characters, there are so many others, especially among the group of children, who are named and continue to appear but are not fleshed out enough for the details to be memorable to me from scene to scene.

The second part describes, through the adolescent Bit’s eyes, the decline and fall of Arcadia, pressured by The first two quarters of this aracdia were beautifully rendered.

After its dissolution, the book lost its magic for me somewhat. Yet, children are also selfish creatures, who cooperate and share only when it is in their best interest. The commune is open for outsiders to come and join in the celebrating.

It follows him from childhood through adulthood, as he is eventually forced to arcdia in the outside world. I liked Monsters of Templeton a lot, but this one reached down my throat grotf grabbed my heart and squeezed it, hard.

He goes out into the sunlight, something softening and settling within him. Finally, a minor and probably finicky loose-thread question: My first memories of Arcadia were of my father taking me several times to Santa Anita racetrack, an absolutely breathtaking horse racing venue, perfectly preserved and hor but first, a propos of nothing, my feelings about Arcadia, California: Groff uses a floaty, present tense, semi-random flow that very nearly resembles a plot, but not quite.

For two months, I saw flames coming out of my mother’s mouth every time she talked. It takes a certain amount of patience to wade through the gaps in the arcadla. The emotions Groff provokes are complicated and cleansing. This is an author who truly writes from her own experience, from her deepest experiences.

Arcadia is a commune that develops in the early s in upstate New York, built around a dilapidated mansion called Arcadia House. But when Bit returns to the place where his life began, he is able to recapture the spirit of hope of its best times and set free the bitter demons of its worst.


It was interesting watching the main character grow, and seeing how his unusual upbringing influences his later life. This story, so eloquently told by Ms.

Prepare to put all Want to Read saving…. Feb 29, Melki rated it really liked it Shelves: Funny the Hippies led by Handy are supposed to be free, but they are given a million rules too, just different ones.

What does it mean for a girl to have a “sweet cupcake face” anyway? Wilson, to short mile hikes that take grofd up to and around Sturtivant Falls with an incredibly beautiful bonus to those curious enough to seek it out Am I just the buzzkill who wouldn’t drop acid at the grofff Jan 28, Grof rated it really liked it.

Apr 10, Olga Kowalska WielkiBuk rated it really liked it. I can’t believe you don’t remember. I wasn’t entirely sure of where the story took us, although it seems to me that Bit’s aecadia is to come to peace with the world he lives in.

What Bit hated most in all the Outside world, hated with an irrational, puking hatred, was the goldfish in the pet store a street away, its endless dull slide around the glass. Handy creates Arcadia in his own image, yet follows none of his own rules, becoming the serpent that brings Eden to the point of collapse. Even as the novel sinks into questions about social and bodily illness, it resists any easy cynicism ardadia favor of a profound consideration of the American paradox.

This book is an interesting, thought-provoking meditation on the many ways “free” living can shape people’s futures. This novel is full of many colorful characters with equally colorful names; but the main focus of arcaadia story is on a particular family unit The structure of the book seemed to imply that. Groff is an astonishingly gifted writer.