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This section is also poetic, astute and filled with insights into human nature and teenage longing. No matter that by page 15 I hands-down knew I could never live on a commune, I really enjoyed reading this novel. I’m in awe of this book.

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Xrcadia story is one of trying to figure out who he is and where he fits into the bigger picture that is society. And just when you think the really interesting part is going to start, as he leaves to live in the city after living in this commune his whole life, the book skips forward 20 years.

The Free Love which was the acadiamade for some unloved children who had a hard time making attachments. View all 32 comments. As much as Ms.

The invisible tissue of civilization: This is a weird book that a lot of people will like. This story, so arcadja told by Ms. Show 25 25 50 All. They are trying to get back to the land, reject notions of corporate capitalism and the corruption it breeds, and create a better world.

The second part describes, through the adolescent Bit’s eyes, the decline and fall of Arcadia, pressured by inner and outer politics personality conflicts with the charismatic leader; generational disputes; the disintegration of 60s ideals into hedonism; the War on Drugs in Reagan’s America.


Even the most incidental details vibrate with life. I sank into Arcadia and lived in it without coming up for air, and came away moved by its beauty and imagination, and beset with thoughts about grorf long gone, and how we move forward on our brief journeys by loving one another.

Am I just the buzzkill who wouldn’t drop acid at the party? Those who enjoy lush description and an unhurried pace will love especially the first part of the novel, those parts that happen during Bit’s childhood.

Arcadia by Lauren Groff – review

Bit is at times a bit of a wimp. Fast forward to Bit at 14, he has his best friend Helle and has discovered photography via his beloved Lecia camera sent to him by Hannah’s mother.

It seems to me that residents of a commune choose the most child-like way of life, striving to accept the world on its terms, trusting in the willingness of their fellow residents to work and play together in harmony.

A day few of them will forget — someone brings acid, hostilities surface between the oldies and some newcomers, Bit witnesses Helle tripping and being sexually abused by a few of the outsiders. For anyone still naive enough to feel nostalgic about free-love merrymakers, T.

Arcadia by Lauren Groff

View all 41 comments. Preview — Arcadia by Lauren Groff. Overall, read the first half or two-thirds of the book for its beauty and original setting. Arcadia – Heliopolis September Here you’ll get to ride out a New York winter in a tent, adcadia hut or bread truck, while waiting for your Utopian palace to be restored.


Like aarcadia outside the commune, reality is gritty and boring. In the last light, shadows grew from their knees and the current sparked with suds.

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. As Bit matured, the book really took shape and flight, and I found all of the characters so memorable and complex.

So no matter how far short we fall, you still gotta try. The structure of the book seemed to imply that. I became incredulous after I’d heard times that for little Bit, “everything is rich with the incredible” and “his heart is so loud it overwhelms the day”.

In the end, I felt as though I’d been on a numbing acid trip. This story follows Bit and his parents and the other members of the community through several decades.

We see everything through Bit’s eyes as he grows up in a pastoral world “too full of terror and beauty”. Some books grab you qrcadia the get-go, while some take a little time before they hook you completely. Try these four passages below; they nicely encapsulate Bit’s musing mind. The early part of the novel is told from a very young child’s perspective, though not precisely in a child’s voice. We read books to be entertained, to be informed, to have a laugh, to escape the day-to-day.