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Even those who openly resist his authority, including Bit’s parents, seek his approval. Was the second half of the book meant to be a contrast to Arcadia, an indication of what happens when we live too distant from the land and from community with others?

I did take a long time to finish it, opting to read better written books. What happened to all the believers? Buy on Afcadia Buy on BN. Abe, Hannah and their son.

It’s definitely a book that will get you thinking about your own life, your own dreams, and your own relationships. Know, however, that when the commune disintegrates, the 60s are truly over.

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Your writing is actually quite beautiful, but that isn’t good enough for gfoff, apparently. Just a few things dropped this novel out of the 5 star category for me, and not by much.

I am struggling for my review of this one. So in the end I’m grorf 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 aracdia. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis.

The final section for some unaccountable reason takes place in the near future and is set against a backdrop of a serious but not apocalyptic worldwide epidemic.

Arcadia by Lauren Groff: review – Telegraph

What we witness first is the day-to-day existence of a thriving s commune in New York State. Bit is an idealistic, creative, sensitive, and intelligent person, who finds his life turned upside down by the complexity of many of his relationships.

Through the grace of Groff’s rich prose, the reader moves in bittersweet concert with Bit and with the dream that is Arcadia.

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Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Fiction The story revolves around Bit and his life before and after living in a largish commune called Arcadia. Bit is raised to adolescence in this agrarian Utopia, separated from the hazards of the world which include sugar, animal by-products, television and currencysurrounded by the constancy of his parents, Abe and Hannah, and by a community that protects and embraces this quiet and keen observer.

I was also impressed by Groff’s ability to include enough details w. Spring water, wild food and the fellowship of their Amish neighbours sustain them. Fast forward to Bit at 35, with his parents, he has long left Arcadia to live in the outside world and he and Helle have married. Although you could compare Hanna’s demise to Arcadia’s, I wouldn’t. That’s what it feels like, once you get into the rhythm of the language: The Literary Year Refresh and try 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 informed, to have a laugh, to escape the day-to-day. Groff writes Bit’s story with such sensitivity that I could not help but feel protective toward this very endearing character. I’ve had ARCADIA on my Kindle for months, putting it off for a time when I was in the mood for something more thoughtful, something that required my attention, and when I finally picked it up this week, ready to immerse myself in its poetic prose, oh, what a gift I gave myself!

Arcadia by Lauren Groff – review

With Fates and Furies, I loathed the first half and loved the second half. The only really redeeming part of this section was the main character, Bit, who you can’t help but love.

You have to accept that the book’s pacing is a bit uneven — it meanders, like a life, with aradia few sharply punctuated crises, but really no resolution or tying up of loose ends. She gtoff a marvelous job though creating the commune of Arcadia, shown in its heyday, its Reagan-era decline, its diaspora, and then its slightly futuristic new incarnat This is really like a 3.

As Bit matured, the book really took shape and flight, and I found all of the characters so memorable and complex. I give great thanks to Lauren Groff for having written this book. 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.


Hannah and Abe, devoted followers, are able to believe in the vision and recognize when it is going awry. But if the notion of fully experiencing a seminal moment in history via another person’s journey through that time pricks your interest, you will be deeply moved by this story. So no matter how far short we fall, you still gotta try. The pioneers of this new Arcadia — a country estate with a dilapidated manor house — are a bunch of hippies.

Who wants to clean the kitchen while everybody arcavia is getting high with a little help from their friends? Would you like to bu us about a lower price? We were like guests at the Mad Hatter’s grovf, but didn’t even know the world was flipped around hide spoiler ] there is so much damage in this story.

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Although fascinating to read, this story was, at times, difficult too. The child Bit is raised in an environment where the impossible goal was a community of perfect purity and caring, equity and harmony.

The History of Bees: Arcadia – Final Discussion Spoilers September View all 32 comments. Groff’s prose is one of the best things about Arcadia.

His observations are child like and honest. Arcadia feels true, as do the characters who populate this extraordinary novel, which lingers on passing moments in time and highlights the importance of place in preserving not only our memories, but also ourselves.

Yet, children are also selfish creatures, who cooperate and share only when it is in their best interest. Refusing to deck out her narrative in period tie-dye, Groff uses language at once nuanced, pointed, and gorgeous to vivify her setting—a tumble-down mansion in western New York called Arcadia House—and the trials of her protagonist.