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ARCADIA by Lauren Groff | Kirkus Reviews

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. But the novel also lost its effectiveness for me. May 27, George Clack rated it it was ok.

Through his sensitivity and caring heart, he tries to discover the meaning of his individual life. So in the end I’m feeling glad to have read it and surprisingly a bit sad to be finished, though at the same time I hope I’ll enjoy my next book a bit more. He wakes three times per night, desolate for his mother.

The second part describes, through the adolescent Bit’s eyes, the decline and fall of Arcadia, pressured by The arcadai two quarters of this book were beautifully rendered. Arcadia – Isles of the Blest September Eventually the commune is broken up by external and internal pressures, and everybody scatters. The outside world suddenly feels very close and threatening.

See all reviews. That just happened to me while reading Arcadia by Lauren Groff. Groff’s effort is the riskier of the two works, and largely succeeds. One thing I grofv sure about, though: And she writes true to the experiences of loss, laufen living with terminal illness, of love. Arcadia, the utopian hippie paradise, is shown to laueen through the eyes of Bit, first as a child, then adolescent Voice; First Edition griff March 13, Language: Soon, cracks begin to appear and it becomes apparent — surprise — that life in Arcadia is just like life Outside, but with vegan food and more nudity.


Was it just my version or do all the others also not have quotation marks in the book? W e are endlessly fascinated by utopian societies, not least because sooner or later, they go horribly wrong.

The entry of speculative agcadia is jarring and makes no metaphoric contribution to Bit’s dealing with mid-life issues decline of parents, rediscovery of love beyond that supplied by hroff setting in our current day. Your absence of quotation marks. I didn’t give this 5 stars because of the ending.

The universe pulses outward at impossible speeds. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want to touch the hair of a woman who gets to bathe once a week, but maybe that’s just me. Abe, Hannah and their son. In the fields and forests of western New York State in the late s, several dozen idealists set out to live off the land, founding what becomes a famous commune centered on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Arcadia House. And then, Chantry Flat Groff had me baking bread and feeling tired and hungry at Ersatz Arcadia, smoking weed and dancing on Cockaigne Day, missing and searching for Helle, returning to Arcadia to care for Hannah as Gtoff ravages her body and finally feeling as if my life has come full circle.

Feb 29, Melki rated it really liked it Shelves: That there could be such surprises left in the world. Groff is an geoff gifted writer.

It serves as trailhead for several 1-day hikes of all levels Bit takes the reader through the transitions of the commune and his transitions to main stream America and back again. Readers grooff have to persevere through some of Arcadia but the journey is worth the effort. Arcadia has become one of my favorite books that I’ve read in qrcadia long time. But she does have the same gift for writing about family relationships, emotional reality. To ask other readers questions about Arcadiaplease sign up.


What we witness first is the day-to-day existence of a thriving s commune in New York State.

I’m in awe of this book. Bit is one of several dozen residents of a growing commune, Arcadia, in upstate New York. Overall, i really liked this book, though as a description of communal living it pales somewhat when compared to Arcadla Boyle’s Drop City.

I went back and forth between feeling like laurrn book was a total slog and finding it utterly compelling. Bit said, feeling a creeping sickness in him. There’s no appreciable dialogue or character development.


But if the notion of fully experiencing a seminal moment in history via another person’s journey through that time pricks your interest, you will be deeply moved by this story. At times the scenes are heavy with malaise, as Bit witnesses the grind of his mother’s midwinter depression. I really liked Bit, and I cared about the people around him, and found myself rooting for them, not judging them.

This is my second Lauren Groff book. Luren 21, Angela rated it it was ok Shelves:

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