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Arcadia

Groff, Lauren (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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The lyrical and haunting story of a great American dream--the progress of a utopian community and its lasting impact on a gifted young man.
Authors: Groff, Lauren
Title: Arcadia
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 291 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Lauren Groff
Summary: The lyrical and haunting story of a great American dream--the progress of a utopian community and its lasting impact on a gifted young man.
ISBN: 1401340873
9781401340872
Branch Call Number: FICTION GROFF 2012
Subject Headings: New York (State) Fiction Homecoming Fiction Bildungsromans Nineteen sixties Fiction Hippies Fiction Communal living Fiction
Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Homecoming
Bildungsromans
Nineteen sixties
Hippies
Communal living
LCCN: 2011009956
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The lyrical and haunting story of a great American dream--the progress of a utopian community and its lasting impact on a gifted young man.

In the fields of western New York State in the 1970s, a few dozen idealists set out to live off the land, founding what would become a commune centered on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Arcadia House. Bit, a boy who is born in the commune, narrates the story of the community's evolution.


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Jun 29, 2014
  • SLoMotion rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorite books of all time! This book still continues to feel like a dream I once had. Lovely story!

Jun 04, 2014
  • cheera55 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great book! Quick read and written so well! Love Lauren Groff!

Oct 31, 2013
  • EPalmer2295 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A dreamy, lyrically-written chronicle of growing up in a hippie commune and the resulting life thereafter. The book wasn't gripping or terribly suspenseful, but more of an escape into a different way of life.

Oct 21, 2013
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

For starters: Wow, Lauren Groff can write. Her prose is beautiful. There are lots of breaks between sections in this book so I had plenty of opportunities to pause, but I found myself so intrigued by Bit and his life that I often read way more than I intended to that day. Her writing is so lyrical and the subject matter is so fascinating that it really sucks you in.

That being said, I enjoyed the first part of the book immensely but did not care for the ending. This isn't because it was poorly done, it's because it was very depressing and I felt like it took away some of my enjoyment of the rest of the book. Still, four solid stars and Lauren Groff's other books added to my to-read list...not too shabby!

Jul 30, 2013
  • tuesdayswithlori rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is really very beautifully written. Lyrical. I feel like I better understand the hippie movement after reading this book, and yet that is just the vehicle through which Bit's story is told. The story is told like a poem, and yet the rhythm of time is very elastic...not held by any strict meter. The sequencing of the novel is like a rubber and, as Bit says, it stretches long at times and at others bunches together. Beautiful story.

Mar 11, 2013
  • longlivesmilies rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Unrealistic and hollywood-esque view of a cooperative community. Also an Incredibly depressing and fatalistic main character.

I recommend Ecotopia instead if you want a better Utopian environmental fiction.

Aug 21, 2012
  • clipshie175 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved, loved, loved this book. Read it. Almost immediately

Aug 09, 2012
  • Jenmat rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This book started off interesting enough, but I did not like the second half.
The first half was about Bit, a boy born into a hippie commune. It was fun to read about their life there. The second half was Bit, all grown up, in the 'real world' Bit, a supposedly sensitive soul seemed like a 'bit' of annoying dick once he reached adulthood. It also kinda veered off path into the furute, with America being quarantined. It seemed like the author got bored with one story line and decided to write in others.

Jul 29, 2012
  • camaro7819 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book was such a joy to read.

What a writer Lauren Groff is! This book appears at first to be a quirky story of a hippie commune in the 60s-70s, but somehow it subtly changes to embracing much bigger themes: how we live in the world together, how we treat our world, how we find and build our own heaven on earth, what it is to be a good person. Even if you just want to read this book to follow the plot line from main character Bit's birth to self-realizing adulthood, that should provide lots of reading enjoyment. I also highly recommend the author's first novel, The Monsters of Templeton. You can really find yourself in these books as you read about characters finding themselves!

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