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Signed advance reading copy in near perfect condition. Groff’s narrative style evokes a feeling that you’re paging through a photo album as you read.

I’m not sure if my impatience with that structure is the book’s failing or my own. Arcadia – Heliopolis September But it is by no means this book’s only kind of splendor.

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Groff offers us Bit’s perspective in third-person present tense, which allows us to experience Arcadia in real time, to be as present as the characters, to exist within a child’s mind yet to remain hroff observers. I liked Monsters of Templeton a lot, but this one reached down my throat and grabbed my heart and squeezed it, hard.

Bit takes the reader through the transitions of the commune and his transitions to main stream America and back again. This isn’t a new novel—it was first published by Hyperion in —and the fact of the matter is that I tried reading it four separate times before I finally was able to become absorbed b We read books to be entertained, to be grroff, to have a laugh, to escape the day-to-day.

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 horticulturally precise Their world lauen seen through the eyes of their son, Bit. He stops into a diner alone one Thanksgiving night and observes the scene: There were enough seeds of human error sown as there are in any such utopian endeavor early on that I found it hard to believe that the same people would have held together for such a long time before the bottom dropped out.


Yet, children are also selfish creatures, who cooperate and share only when it is in their best interest. In the end, though, Groff most certainly distilled her sources and made them, abundantly, her own. It might have been swallowed in a second, a sudden jagged mouth laureh of the black. Even those who openly resist his authority, including Bit’s parents, seek his approval.

Dec 14, Jessica Sullivan rated it liked it Shelves: But that is the time and place of only the first section, and I ended up enthralled with it anyway; plus, the novel is, of course, about much more. Arcadia – Heliopolis September 24 35 Sep 12, I fell in love with him and the novel.

But growing numbers, free love and drugs, and disillusionment in their leader Handy, ultimately brings Arcadia to its knees. He wanted to sing.

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Lauren Groff’s wonderful Arcadia fell in the latter category for me, but it was an investment well worth my time. The History of Bees: My feelings for Arcadia snuck up on me. That the coffee will be hot and unpoisoned.

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.

Although fascinating to read, this story was, at times, difficult too. I had to wake up every single night to someone fucking someone in the Pink Piper. I look forward to reading more from her hopefully, with quotation marks firmly in place.

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.

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. It’s not one I’ll soon forget. Am I just the buzzkill who wouldn’t drop acid at the party? He can crack a paragraph and eat it. The vision was hopeful, inclusive, and egalitarian; but leaders not so much egalitarian.


I recommend – stepping aside from all your techno gear, get off your mobile phone, turn off your laptop, and come and spend some time with a group of people who thought they had a better way of living life — Highly Recommended 4. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. It’s about life, and what matters most within it: Arcaxia does a marvelous job though lakren the commune of Arcadia, shown in its heyday, its Reagan-era decline, its diaspora, and then its slightly futuristic new incarnation as an island away from the ills literally of the modern world.


The narrative is arcadiz enough. Also like Monsters, you may think she’s juggling too many characters and that detracts from the overall impact. Not to the grand gestures, but to the passing breath. That in and of itself doesn’t make me all arcavia unique, but as we get further and further from that time I look back and still wonder what happened?

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. He falls in love, experiences life-altering tragedy, has a child of his own and ultimately finds himself returning to the commune years later, as if it were part of his destiny.

Jul 24, Anne rated it really liked it Shelves: W e are endlessly fascinated arcadoa utopian societies, not least because sooner or later, they go horribly wrong.

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The story is slave to the style. I felt that this time frame was somewhat forced on the author by her choice to end the narrative in the yearwith a middle-aged Bit and his return-of-sorts to Arcadia. There was the freedom and beauty in the commune and the manual kauren which sometimes bore not enough fruit or warmth.

Even now, almost a week since I finished this book, I find myself thinking about the characters in this book.

I felt it was a little drawn out, and no closure.