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Overall, read the first half or two-thirds of the book for its beauty and original setting. The founders of the fictional commune of Arcadia reclaim an abandoned estate in upstate New York and rehabilitate the mansion on the grounds with the goal of becoming a largely self-sufficient, off-the-grid social experiment. Interestingly, even though she writes from the This is an amazing book.

Memories of the “good old days” were balanced. What does it mean for a girl to have a “sweet cupcake face” anyway? Even after it becomes clear that things are not right in this supposed utopia, that there is a snake in the Garden and human nature, with its inevitable self-interest, kauren always be a factor, there is an exploration through the story of the arcsdia of idealism and reality, the clash between them, and the value of the pursuit itself.

She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband ,auren two sons. 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 horticulturally precise That’s what it feels like, once you get into the rhythm of the language: A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase.

The universe pulses outward at impossible speeds. Apr 10, Olga Kowalska WielkiBuk rated it really liked it. Which is bad because they’re the Sanitation Crew and pump out the loos”and the social groups: He labors over it with a red pencil. Prepare to put all your bank accounts and trust lairen into a communal pot, ’causeeveryone who joins must give everything they have.


There are a lot of very loving descriptions of the New York State woods which after a while seemed not revelatory or enchanting, but repetitive. The second part describes, through the adolescent Bit’s eyes, the decline and fall of Arcadia, pressured by inner and outer politics personality conflicts with the charismatic leader; generational disputes; the disintegration of 60s ideals into hedonism; the War on Drugs in Reagan’s America.

Even those who openly resist his authority, including Bit’s parents, seek his approval. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. To ask other readers questions about Arcadiaplease sign up.

He is a little bit if a manbut an honest narrator.

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I did feel from time to time that the author probably owes a debt of gratitude to work such as TC Boyle’s Drop City and that wonderful counterculture classic Spiritual Midwifery for example, the midwives of Arcadia referring to uterine contractions as “rushes”. By Lauren Groff – Arcadia 2.

arcadua Lauren Groff’s prose, at its best is breathy and luminous. Hardcoverpages. I wasn’t entirely sure of where the story took us, although it seems to me that Bit’s challenge is to come to peace with the world he lives in. The commune is strictly vegan. Why did it fall apart?

Born into this community of musicians, farmers, midwives, bakers, and burnt-out escapees is Ridley Sorrel Stone, aka Bit, the son of friendly community pillar Abe and Hannah, a baker often laid low by the depression that commune living cannot cure. Let our love be a beacon to light up the world.

It seems to me that residents of a commune choose the most child-like way of life, striving to accept the world on its terms, trusting in the willingness of their fellow residents to work and play together in harmony. After a time jump we find a middle-aged, timid Bit now the father of a “beautiful daughter” whose shoulder he “nuzzles”, inhaling “popcorn and warm milk to banish the thought” of his grief; arcdia Bit he is still small, take pity on him is a widower.

Arcadia by Lauren Groff: review

Jun 02, Holly Robinson rated it it was amazing. I don’t know about arcadiaa, you guys. The novel reminds me of Room because the narrators are each from worlds which are so controlled. Arcadia – Isles of the Blest September The book starts when Bit is only five years old, and I felt that portion of the book was the most difficult to engage with, perhaps because you were seeing things through his young eyes, however unique a perspective that provided.


Show 25 25 50 All. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Arcadia presents us with the life of Bit, born in an idyllic commune in the middle of the woods in the s. I enjoyed the second half much more than the first half.

Groff’s prose is one of the best things about Arcadia. The camera simile is apt, not only because photography, it turns out, becomes Bit’s raison d’etrebut also because Ms. Or a boy like Bit. The emotions Groff provokes are complicated and cleansing.

It takes a certain amount of patience to wade through the gaps in the story. And the think the autho I am struggling for my review groft this one.

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With Fates and Furies, I loathed the first half and loved the second half. Live with the land, not on it. Start reading Arcadia on your Kindle in under a minute. The last two thirds of the book redeems Groff’s slow start. Lauren Groff’s literary gifts are evident in this book and the pleasure of them is broff ours.

Arcadia – Final Discussion Spoilers September Our narrator is Ridley Stoner — Bit or Little Bit as he is known, who is born to Hannah and Abe in their car as they are travelling with a group of idealists to Arcadia House. I didn’t think that was possible: There were parts of Arcadia I liked very much, especially the language and themes, but overall, I found it uneven.