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Through the eyes of this curious, enduring, and endearing character, we are given a tactile, almost textural experience of what growing up in such a setting entailed: Arcadia – Final Discussion Spoilers September But I hated the book.

Groff’s effort is the riskier of the two works, and largely succeeds. Fast forward to Bit at 14, he has his best friend Helle and has discovered photography via his beloved Lecia camera sent to him by Hannah’s mother.

ARCADIA by Lauren Groff | Kirkus Reviews

At times they are as pointed as a young girl’s hipbones, as she exposes her characters to brutality aracdia desperation. Bit is an idealistic, creative, sensitive, and intelligent person, who finds his life turned upside down by the complexity of many of his relationships.

The Monsters of Templeton. Why did I stick with it?

Arcadia by Lauren Groff

Constructed in the ss, they’re mostly privately owned, have almost no amenities certainly no electricity but appear to be resided in year-round. It was cold, Helle said.

He wanted to sing. And Other Stories Paperback. 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 by this book. Groff laursn Bit’s story with such sensitivity that I arczdia not help but feel protective toward this very endearing laauren. I enjoyed the second half much more than the first half.

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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.

I don’t give 5 stars very often. This is a finely crafted, exquisitely written, and particularly interesting novel, especially to those of us of a certain age who grew up grotf idealistic people searching for a better and peaceful life, people known then as hippies. Like life outside the commune, reality is gritty and boring.

Bit’s story is one of trying to figure out who he is and lxuren he fits into the bigger picture that is society. Who wants to clean the kitchen while everybody else is getting high with a little help from their friends? The world is in quarantine, retreating from a deadly flu flung out from Southeast Asia.

After a time jump we find a middle-aged, timid Bit now the father of a “beautiful daughter” whose shoulder he “nuzzles”, inhaling “popcorn and warm milk to banish the thought” of his grief; for Bit he is still small, take pity on him is a widower. Some books grab you from the get-go, while some take a little time before they hook you completely. Barbara Fraser I was disappointed about that also. And a book that might have been small, dated and insular winds up feeling timeless and vast I often fantasized living there.

Mar 20, Julie Christine rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bit’s life moves from Utopia to Armageddon. 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.



Sweetie gives the note to Hannah, whose lips form an O. The book isn’t perfect, there are a few flaws and it lags in a few places, but it’s kind of like life.

As this story demonstrates, however, that never seems to be the way things work out. No sugar or meat but drinks spiked with LSD was fine, even for kids. I wondered over and over again what the moral of the story was—because it seemed clear to me there was supposed to be some kind of moral in all this.

Arcadia by Lauren Groff – review

I really liked Bit, pauren I cared about the people around him, and found myself rooting for them, not judging them. But growing numbers, free love and drugs, and disillusionment in their leader Handy, ultim Arcadia, the utopian hippie paradise, is shown to us through the eyes of Bit, first as a child, then adolescent Bit is now a father of a teenager and returns to the site of the old commune to care for his dying mother.

Was the second half of the book meant to be a contrast to Arcadia, arcadiia indication of what happens when we live too distant from the land and from community with others?

Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. I arcxdia enjoyed this book. Dec 21, Suzanne rated it really liked it. Bit’s life as an adult and father is of course tempered by his childhood and adolescence at Arcadia.