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When he hands it to Sweetie, she goes speechless. I also liked how the book began in a past that was never as perfect as it seemed, and ends in a near future that is far scarier than I had imagined it might be.

Lauren Groff | Arcadia

It’s fairly easy to predict that this won’t last long. Everything that is experienced ggroff this story and by the group is seen through Bit’s eyes.

I did take a long time to finish it, opting to read better written books. Born into this community of musicians, farmers, midwives, bakers, and burnt-out escapees is Ridley Sorrel Stone, aka Bit, the son of friendly community pillar Abe and Hannah, a baker often laid low by the depression that commune living cannot cure.

Arcadia – Final Discussion Spoilers September Jul 15, Katie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Handy let me drink the acid Slap-Apple when i was like five.

Arcadia by Lauren Groff Goodreads Author. And she writes true to the experiences of loss, of living with terminal illness, of love.

I don’t quite know if I like her delivery, but I appreciate the creative effort. Everyone will live together in love and kindness.

Children are the most sensual of human beings; they live in the moment, using all their senses in equal measure, without discernment, complete in their physical selves and open to the world as it unfolds. Am I just the buzzkill who wouldn’t drop acid at the party? View all 12 comments. And then the last section of the book was my favourite and very beautiful, and it’s left me feeling quite different – not at all the relief I’d thought I’d feel to be done.


One more criticism – beyond the main characters, there are so many others, especially among the group of children, who are named and continue to appear but are not fleshed out enough for the details to be memorable to me from scene to scene.

The story is 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. We were like guests at the Mad Hatter’s table, but didn’t even know the world was flipped around hide spoiler ] there is so much damage in this story.

Arcadia by Lauren Groff – review

arcada It follows him from childhood through adulthood, as he is eventually forced to assimilate in the outside world. 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. I went back and forth between feeling like this book was a total slog and finding it utterly compelling.

I imagine they will always be with me. Oh, silly, silly hippies In the last light, shadows grew from their knees and the current sparked with suds. The entry of speculative fiction 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 a setting in our current day.


Bit is now a father of a teenager and returns to the site of troff old commune to care for his dying mother. Resented it, too, because I was so looking forward to it.

Barbara Fraser I was also close to putting it down. So Arcaria going to assume that “Monsters grofd Templeton” was just a way better book. Here’s a good test. Then, finally, after the first section was over I figured out what Ms.

I had to wake up every single night to someone fucking someone in the Pink Piper. There’s no appreciable dialogue or character development.

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. Artistically artisanal-ly, even Ms. And the think the author had lots of interesting things to say about community, and she was both compassionate and also critical of all different ways of living – even the characters disagreed with one another. They sit here in the darkness, trusting. I am struggling for my review of this one.

I fell in love with him and the novel. But the novel also lost its effectiveness for me. Groff was, to me, symbolic of just why ‘ideals’ that people often carry within themselves just do not seem to translate well into practice in the reality of the world.