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Apr 19, Carla Baku rated it really liked it. Groff’s narrative style evokes a feeling that you’re paging through a photo album as you read.

The story is seen through the eyes of a boy born in Arcadia and the changes he experiences growing up. This section is also poetic, astute and filled with insights into human nature and teenage longing. Laueen Arcadia, my emotions didn’t reach such extremes, bu Oh, Lauren Groff. Let our love be a beacon to light up the world.

The story is In the fields and forests of western New York State in the late s, several dozen idealists set out to live off the land, founding what becomes a famous commune centered on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Afcadia House. Wilson, arcaida short mile hikes that take you up to and around Sturtivant Falls with an incredibly beautiful bonus to those curious enough to seek it out Arcadia has become one of my favorite books that I’ve read in a long time.

I did take a long time to finish it, opting to ,auren better written books. Arcadia House is the derelict mansion and it’s surrounding fields, pastures and river which has been bequeathed to one of the group. Welcome to Arcadia, the finest in communal living!

This is an author who truly writes from her own experience, from her deepest experiences. View all 67 comments. Arcadia – Final Discussion Spoilers September Having lived that life myself, I can say that these characters and their circumstances really aren’t so stereotypical as one might imagine.


Aside from the affected, artsy practice of eschewing the use of quotation marks apologies to my Goodreads friends who are tired of reading my plaints about quotation mark usage, but it bugs me no end she provides this gauzy, dizzying narrative that’s just a bombardment of random imagery, dozens of characters thrown at the reader like sopping wet wadded up paper towels directed at the ceiling of a elementary school bathroom, just hoping something might stick.

After its dissolution, the book lost its magic for me somewhat. What a beautiful book, I loved it. I enjoyed the second half much more than the first half. For anyone still naive enough to feel nostalgic about free-love merrymakers, T. Just a few things dropped this novel out of the 5 star category for me, and not by much. There were parts of Arcadia I liked very much, especially the language and themes, but overall, I found it uneven. 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.

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She does an amazing job of narrating the protangonist’s thoughts as he goes from xrcadia, to child, to adolescent to acadia to middle age.

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, grof 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! If you are looking for fast-paced, page-turning plot lines, or extreme character twists arcadla turns, this is not your book.

Lauren Groff’s prose, at its best is breathy and luminous. The writing was top-notch and was put to better purpose in the second half, when the adolescent and grown-up narrator Bit could bring more to the table in reflecting on his past and present experiences that shaped his attitudes toward laurem, community, freedom and conformity, and the striving for perfection in a very flawed world.


That this man driving his truck down the street won’t, on a whim, angle into the plate gfoff and end things. With Arcadia, my emotions didn’t reach such extremes, but my experience was the same: There is so much about the communal life that Groff got right, that it is stunning to find that she is barely a blink above thirty.

My earliest years were spent in a tight-knit community on the conventional fringes of hippiedom, and Bit’s sense of connection to and belief in his community — the way a place that is a little screwed up for adults can still be magically warm and safe for a child –rang very true to me. Jun 02, Holly Robinson rated it it was amazing.

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Please try again later. At times they are as pointed as a young girl’s hipbones, as she exposes her characters to brutality and desperation. So I’m going to assume that “Monsters of Templeton” was just a way better book.

There he would dip it to the surface and free it into the terrible cold water. I laugen Groff’s Fate and Furies and loved it’s look at marriage and all it’s shadows and sunlight and little lies laureen deceptions, but this book is phenomenal. Why did this book get such great reviews? Try these four passages below; they nicely encapsulate Bit’s musing mind. The novel reminds me of Room because the narrators are each from worlds which are so controlled.

The narrative, though related from an omniscient third party, is clearly rather, blurrily, like an out-of focus Leica, especially in the first section seen through Bit’s eyes. I went back and grofv between feeling like this book was a total slog and finding it utterly compelling.