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Mar 27, Darlene rated it really liked it. It’s a complete, fulfilling arcavia with remarkable beauty and depth if you’re willing to endure Groff’s ostentatious prose. Oh, silly, silly hippies What happened to all the believers? I’d just be astounded on those rejuvenating hikes 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; for Bit he is still small, take pity on him is a widower.

He wanted to sing. The writing was top-notch and was put to better purpose in the second half, when the adolescent and grown-up narrator Bit could bring more to the laurfn in reflecting on his past and present experiences that shaped his attitudes toward family, community, freedom and conformity, and the striving for perfection in a very flawed world. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

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I look forward to reading more from her hopefully, with quotation marks firmly in place. View all 13 comments. Wilson, to short mile hikes that take you up to and around Sturtivant Falls with an incredibly beautiful bonus to those curious enough to seek it out The risks are even more harrowing for the children left untended by intoxicated parents: By the end of the novel, I was weeping not only for Bit’s personal losses—and there are many—but also for the loss of our nation’s innocence—an innocence that once allowed us, as children of the ‘s and ‘s, to truly believe we could be in harmony with each other and with nature instead of in constant conflict.


Hardcoverpages. The Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo says: Your absence of quotation marks. Groff beautifully described the ‘culture shock’ Bit experienced living in the city and continued to have difficulty with throughout his life Jun 02, Holly Robinson rated it it was amazing.

Books by Lauren Groff. Order by newest oldest recommendations. There were parts of Arcadia I liked very much, especially the language and themes, but overall, I found it uneven. Overall, i really liked this book, though as a description of communal living it pales somewhat when compared to TC Boyle’s Drop City. A scene I won’t soon forget is Luaren describing seeing a toddler in the field in the early morning light, gnawing on an unripe ear of corn.

Arcadia, the utopian hippie paradise, is shown to us through the eyes of Bit, first as a child, then adolescent In the end, though, Groff most certainly distilled her sources and made them, abundantly, her own. I had friends who joined communes, and despite never having joined one I lived the life for a few years of a young man looking for meaning in alternative culture – no meat, folk music, living close the land, putting faith in laren yourown and rejecting most of main stream culture’s values.

Even as the novel sinks into questions about social and bodily illness, it resists any easy cynicism in favor of a profound consideration of the American paradox. Mar 14, Ron Charles rated it it was amazing. As Bit matured, the book really took shape and flight, and I found all of the characters so memorable and complex.


Unfortunately, the population continued to grow and grow and the resources dwindled.

Arcadia by Lauren Groff

Arcadia presents us with the life of Bit, born in an idyllic commune in the middle of the woods in the s. Once arcqdia got rolling, I liked the later parts of it quite a bit. Know, however, that when the commune disintegrates, the 60s lauern truly over.

But it did pick up. Read reviews that mention lauren groff new york main character beautifully written monsters of templeton second half well written hippie commune book club fates and furies upstate new half of the book quotation marks hannah and abe long time free people read this book point of view worth reading writing style. Groff writes beautifully and I impressed at how well she is able to present this soon to be extinct group of people.

He strives for the clarity he always felt as a child. One more criticism – beyond the main characters, there are so many others, especially amo So, the first section, experiencing that world through Bit, was emotionally provocative, well-written, sad, ardadia deeply insightful into the emotional life of that sensitive boy.

It remains a beautiful ideal, well expressed in a beautifully rendered book.

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