Arcadia

Arcadia

by Lauren Groff
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Arcadia 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
RichardSutton More than 1 year ago
There are books I've read that resonate long after they have been finished. Arcadia will be one of them. Arcadia was recommended in NY Times Books Editor Janet Maislin's Best Books of 2012 article, and while I don't usually follow many suggestions, in this case, reading the blurb struck in inner chord. The author found the unusual combination of a lyrical writing voice and perfect pacing in a story filled with multiple levels of emotion, discord and one of the most evocative settings I've read in recent fiction. Arcadia is the story of a young boy growing into manhood in and through his Vegan commune upbringing. Ms. Gross has presented one of the most generous, even-handed portrayals of the spirit of the utopian ideals that founded communal experiments all over this country in the 1960s and 70s. Setting the book in upstate New York, long a hothouse of utopian villages and communities, was a perfect decision. Her sense of place is seamlessly integrated into her writing, and the lack of info-dumping made for a noticeably quick read. Having lived myself, in a commune in the West in the early 1970s, her story line contained many scenes that seemed to spring right out of my own experiences. In many ways, Arcadia became a personal journey for me as well. There were many mistakes made in the scramble to produce a new world and a better way to cement true community, Many are still ongoing, and this book, in all its loving attention to detail and its deep understanding of how young boys become men, reminds us of the rewards that taking risks can provide. It is one of the best novels I've read in some time, so I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates a well-told, deeply emotional story and has an interest in those times and how they still live on today in the lives of all us old, ex-hippies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IREAD THIS FOR BOOKCLUB. IT WAS REALLY HARD TO GET INTO AT FIRST. THERE ARE SO MANY CHARACTERS IT IS A BIT TOUGH TO KEEP THEM ALL STRAIGHT. YOU JUST WANT TO RESCUE LITTLE BIT FROM THE COMMUNE WITH ALL IT'S DRUGS,AND HUNGRY POOR PEOPLE; BUT HE GROWS UP AND BECOMES A WONDERFUL PERSON. THIS PROBABLY IS A PRETTY GOOD SNAPSHOT IN TIME OF THE COMMUNE LIFE AND A POSSIBLE FURTURISTIC TAKE ON THINGS TO COMES.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I began this book with a little skepticism, but it was soon negated. The author, Lauren Groff, writes so lyrically and beautifully that I was quickly pulled into the story. The setting is one that I haven't seen explored very often - a hippie commune beginning in the 60s. The story follows one of the children through to adulthood and his experience in the outside world. I so look forward to seeing what Ms. Groff continues to write...she is only 35!
kalevala More than 1 year ago
Loved the assortment of commune characters! Sad when the book ended, as I wanted it to continue. Has a feminist flare, importance of women in the role of keeping society together. Friendships. Betrayals. A wonderful life cycle read, with Bit as central male character. Addresses the role of societies, freedom or control? Why did communes fail? What happens when global warming worsens? If there is a pandemic? The story spans the 1960s through 2018s or later. Plan on reading her othe book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most haunting books i have ever read. Born in 62 less than 60 miles from where woodtock took place i have always been fascinated my hippie culture and coomune movement. This novel shows the good the bad and ugly...from the childrens point of view. Effected me more than any book i have read in years. Felt characters were people i knew that stayed with long after i read the final page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had no idea what the author's intentions where for this book.   Throughout the book, I could not keep up with the story line with the usage of her words.  Were the thoughts coming from her writings or of the characters speaking?  There were no quotation marks when people were speaking.  I skimmed the whole book and in the end had no idea what she was trying to say.  Extremely disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story of a young boy growing up in a commune in the 70's and his life through adulthood. Lauren Groff's writing is poetic - this book definitly takes your breath away
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought about Bit for weeks after finishing and HATED for it to end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A peek into a utopian society and the repercussions of itself and the world on its fundamental idealism and its members. Complex characters that will stay with me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book over a weekend, it was awesome the way she followed the character though out his life continuing on well into adulthood. She didn't leave you wondering what happed to Bit she told you all about him and his life. Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again the daily find overview is not in English. DOES ANYONE AT B&N READ THESE THINGS????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gggdgghc
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A mesmerizing tale of a commune and its variedinhabitants told through the story of one inhabitant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dreamlike, gritty, engaging - I recommend it to book lovers.
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Annoyed by self absorbed characters.
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Very enjoyable read but with a very sullen second half
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