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And a book that might have been small, dated and insular winds up feeling timeless and vast The raw beauty of Ms. Groff’s prose is one of the best things about Arcadia. But it is by no means this book’s only kind of splendor.
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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. It’s not easy for thoughtful, poetic, literary work to gain notice arcaia the cacophony, so when one such work does — something quiet, narratively unique, almost delicate in its visceral punch — it is noteworthy.
I’ve had ARCADIA on my Kindle for months, putting it off for a time when I was in the mood for something more thoughtful, something that required my attention, and when I finally picked it up this week, ready to immerse myself in its poetic prose, oh, what a gift I gave myself! Revolving around the “hippie commune” of Arcadia in western New York in the late 60s, it is a poignant, redolent, visceral memory piece wrapped around the main character, Bit, a small boy who grows up in the commune until events demand that he and his family face the outside world.
Through the eyes of this curious, enduring, and endearing character, we are given a tactile, almost textural experience of what growing up in such a setting entailed: If you are looking for fast-paced, page-turning plot lines, or extreme character twists and turns, this is not your book. 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.
The profound relationships that stretch throughout Bit’s life, the attachments, love, memories; heartaches, life-changing perceptions, all conspire to bring the reader into the WHOLE of the experience Not to the grand gestures, but to luren passing breath. It remains a beautiful ideal, well expressed in a beautifully rendered book. For the first third of Arcadia, I kept wondering why. Why did this book get such great reviews? Why did Bit and his commune family seem so freakishly intelligent yet so intrinsically naive?
Why did I stick with it? The last two thirds of the book redeems Groff’s lwuren start.
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The commune Arcadia welcomes all zrcadia it isn’t long before the limited resources are over-run. Handy, the supposed leader of the group, is a self-righteous con artist. He has the words to build a following but not the dedicated effort to make it work. Hannah and Abe, devoted followers, are able to believe in the vision and recognize when it is going awry.
Their world is seen through the eyes of their son, Bit. Born into the commune, Bit sees the peace and the love while ignoring the hunger and the dirt.
Years of commune living go by with limited contact with the outside world. Bit’s life as an adult and father is of course tempered by his childhood and adolescence at Arcadia.
He strives for the clarity he always felt as a child. His gentle nature makes him more of an observer of life than a participant. Readers might have to persevere through some of Arcadia but the journey is worth the effort. One person found this helpful.
This novel about life in a 60’s commune is fascinating and gives gdoff understanding of what went wrong in many of these promised utopias. The vision was hopeful, inclusive, and egalitarian; but leaders not so much egalitarian.
The story is seen through the eyes of a boy born in Arcadia and the changes he experiences growing up. Arcadia’s desire to take in all the needy strangers turns out to be grooff undoing. Like so many attempts at socialistic utopias, they ignored the nature of human beings.
OK, let me start by saying I grew up in the 60’s and came of age in the mid 70’s. I had friends who joined communes, and despite never having joined one I grof 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 growing yourown and rejecting most of main stream culture’s values. That in and of itself doesn’t make me all that unique, but as we get further and further from that time I look back and still wonder what happened?
What happened to the idealism? Why did it fall apart? What happened to all the believers? Lauren Groff’s Arcadia looks at all these questions through the eyes of her main character, Bit Stone. Arcadia has become one of my favorite books that I’ve read in a long time.
The book isn’t perfect, there are a few flaws and it lags in a few places, but it’s kind of like life. The kind of book where I couldn’t wait to get back to it, where I just sat and pondered after finishing it, where I could drop into it and just get lost. She captures the time, the idealism, the disillusionment, the drugs, the free love, the naivete, the hope and so much more. I read Groff’s Fate and Furies and loved it’s look arczdia marriage and all it’s shadows and sunlight and little lies and deceptions, but this book is phenomenal.
She does an amazing job of narrating the protangonist’s thoughts as aracdia goes from birth, to child, to adolescent to adult to middle age. It captures all of the emotions and experiences of each of those ages – dream state, innocence, confusion, depression, grace, wonder, imagination, curiosity, elation, belief, loss, love, longing, joy, profound sadness and everything in between.
I give great thanks to Lauren Groff for having written this book. It’s not one I’ll soon forget. See all reviews. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? And Other Stories Paperback. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.
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