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I felt it was a …more I was also close to putting it down. Arcadia House is the derelict mansion hroff it’s surrounding fields, pastures and river which has been bequeathed to one of the group.

Arcadia’s desire to take in all the needy strangers turns out to be their undoing.

She captures the time, the idealism, the disillusionment, the drugs, the free love, the naivete, the hope and so much more. Groff has written a powerful, sometimes overwhelmingly intense paean to the human desire to make the right sort of place to live. Every time I wanted to criticize some aspect of the book or the actions of the characters, I can now look back and understand why they’d do what they did.

Groff has written the story of what it means to be part of a family inside a community, she has also very tenderly written the story of this wonderful character, Bit.

I need a little break from her dense language, but I will be back to try again. In other words, as with all sensitive children, Bit’s world is magically magnified. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

What qrcadia of hallucinations does a five-year-old have? Prepare to put all your bank accounts and trust funds into arcadiw communal pot, ’causeeveryone who joins must give everything they have. Like life outside the commune, reality is gritty and boring. I didn’t dislike the adult Bit, a photography professor and single Dad struggling with loneliness in the Big City NYCbut the themes are a bit trite “single Dad struggling with loneliness in the Big City” and there’s no more magic, literally or stylistically.


She uses some beautiful turns of phrase, her imagery is particularly credible and she has the gift of drawing you deep inside her character’s lives. The first two quarters of this book were beautifully rendered. But it did pick up.

I was constantly torn between wanting to gulp down this book or savor its lines. Everywhere I was smelled like spunk.

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It serves as trailhead for several 1-day hikes of all levels Everything is seen through the eyes of Bit, a little boy who arcqdia doesn’t seem to be “all there” upstairs. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with byy husband, Clay, and her dog, Layren. Bit, his daughter and his dying mother return to Arcadia to live in healthy seclusion from the infected world. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.

While they lazily try to grow vegetables in their own waste, starvation is a real possibility; malnutrition is a fact. She brought us into that world so well, and I didn’t really want to leave. She does a marvelous job though creating the commune of Arcadia, shown in its heyday, its Reagan-era decline, its diaspora, and then its laurfn futuristic new incarnat This is really like a 3.

This isn’t a new novel—it was first published by Hyperion in —and the fact of the matter is that I tried reading it four separate times before I finally was able to become absorbed b We read books to be entertained, to be informed, to have a laugh, to escape the day-to-day.

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Beyond that, the book became somewhat formulaic for me and lost the thing that made it special. I went back and forth between feeling like this book was a total slog and finding it utterly compelling. One person found this helpful. Arcadia’s inhabitants include Handy, the charismatic leader; his wife, Astrid, a midwife; Abe, a master carpenter; Hannah, a baker and historian; and Abe and Hannah’s only child, Bit.


Lots of vocabulary that was new to me, loved that too. I imagine they will always be with me.

But growing numbers, free love and drugs, and disillusionment in their leader Handy, ultimately brings Arcadia to its knees. It’s obvious from the beginning that it will fall, and it definitely does, for many pauren, but this idealistic community is quite beautiful in their intentions and their commitment to living ‘freely’. Dec 21, Suzanne rated it really liked it.

The story revolves around Bit and his life before and after living in a largish commune called Arcadia. If you are looking for fast-paced, page-turning plot lines, or extreme gorff twists and turns, this is not your book. Through the grace of Groff’s rich prose, the reader moves in bittersweet concert with Bit and with the dream that is Arcadia. How perverse, the possibility of beauty, unearthed when he least expected it.

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Don’t have a Kindle? When he passed the store on his way to school, he crossed the street. Arcadia by Lauren Groff: Here’s a good test. Arcadia – Heliopolis September And then, every now and then, we stumble across a book that we read at just the right moment in our lives for us to be bewitched, transported and transformed. W e are endlessly fascinated by utopian societies, not least because sooner or later, they go horribly wrong.