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Not every young writer lives up to the promise of a first book, but Groff has exceeded expectations. The story revolves around Bit and his life before and after living in a largish commune called Arcadia. Mar 14, Ron Charles rated it it was amazing.

Or a boy hroff Bit. I did take a long time to finish it, opting to read better written books. Stories about utopian settlements usually suffer from our dyspeptic need to humble anyone suspected of radical idealism.

His gentle nature makes him more of an observer of life than a participant. While they lazily try to grow vegetables in their own waste, starvation is a real possibility; malnutrition is a fact. They admit newcomers who accept the groups philosophy plus runaways and ‘trippies’ — people coming off drugs.

Feb 29, Melki rated it really liked it Shelves: Get to Know Us. I am shouting from the rooftops: She does an amazing job of narrating the protangonist’s thoughts as he goes from birth, to child, to adolescent to adult to middle age.

I didn’t give this 5 stars because of the ending. Want to Read Arcaddia Reading Read. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Every soul on the street is sunk within its body.

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At the start of Arcadia he’s very young and innocent. Groff’s miracle is to record the death of the fantasy but then show how the residue of affection can persist and, given the right soil, sprout again.

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. The emotions Groff provokes are complicated and cleansing. I’d later learned that a great many of the scenes from Fantasy Island including the iconic “The Plane! My first memories of Arcadia were of my father taking me several times to Santa Anita racetrack, an absolutely breathtaking horse racing venue, perfectly preserved and hor but first, a propos of nothing, my feelings about Arcadia, California: Refresh and try again.

I felt it was b little drawn out, and no closure. So no matter how far short we fall, you still gotta try. Who wants to clean the kitchen while everybody else is getting high with a little help from their friends?

Arcadia by Lauren Groff: review – Telegraph

Arcadia follows this lyrical, rollicking, tragic, and exquisite utopian dream from its hopeful start through its heyday and after. Arcadia’s desire to take in all the needy strangers turns out to be their undoing. I didn’t dislike the adult Bit, a photography professor and single Dad struggling with loneliness in the Big City NYCgrofr the themes are a bit trite “single Dad struggling with loneliness in the Big City” and there’s no more magic, literally or stylistically.

Your absence of quotation marks. At times the scenes are heavy with malaise, as Bit witnesses the grind of his mother’s midwinter depression. Jul 09, Leah rated it it was amazing. There are bodies in the billowing, forms created and lost in a breath.


Learn more about Amazon Prime. Oh – and you’re allowed three inches of warm bathwater each week. Mar 16, Larry H rated it really liked it. She writes in lush and languid tones, as Bit rotates through years harmonious and troubled. Interestingly, even though she writes from the perspective of a man, her narrator is completely believable. That there could be such surprises left in the world.

Arcadia: A Novel: Lauren Groff: : Books

It was a good cry—I don’t mean to imply that the book is depressing. The Monsters of Templeton: Apr 10, Olga Kowalska WielkiBuk rated it really liked it. What a beautiful book, I loved it. A scene I won’t soon forget is Bit describing seeing a toddler in the field in the early morning light, gnawing on layren unripe ear of corn. Groff’s prose is one of the best things about Arcadia.

It’s not easy for thoughtful, poetic, literary work to gain notice amidst the cacophony, so when one such work does — something quiet, narratively unique, almost delicate in its visceral punch — it is noteworthy.

There are a lot of very loving descriptions of the New York State woods which after a while seemed not revelatory or enchanting, but repetitive.

Arcadia by Lauren Groff – review

For most of the book I found it a tough slog and was seldom eager to get back to it. I was still interested in the story – in a beach-read, what-happens-next kind of way – but not engaged by the characters in the same way.

I arcxdia they will always be with me.