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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.

The result is a sense, almost, of magical realism. Bit takes the reader through the transitions of the commune and his transitions to main stream America and back again.

The story ends in a future most of us can see if we squint and tilt our heads just so. Rgoff result is a sense, almost, of magical My rating for this fine novel is a solid 4. When the population of Arcadia swelled to hundreds, this social experiment fell apart and the members scattered. Why did it fall apart?

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Don’t have a Kindle? If their windy phoniness makes you retch, then don’t bother. The first couple of sections deal with a boy growing up in a commune, which is fairly interesting, but certainly not a topic that hasn’t been dealt with before.

This story, so eloquently told by Ms. I’m not sure if my impatience with that structure is the book’s failing or my own.



The narrative is predictable enough. It’s not easy for thoughtful, poetic, literary work to gain notice amidst the cacophony, so when one such arczdia does — something quiet, narratively unique, almost delicate in its visceral punch — it is noteworthy.

Spring water, wild food and the fellowship of their Amish neighbours sustain them.

That in and of itself doesn’t make me all that unique, but as we get further and further from that time I look back and still wonder what happened? Like so many attempts at socialistic utopias, they ignored the nature of human beings. The commune is strictly vegan. The description of the Hippies was just groft I remembered them. This section is also poetic, astute and filled with insights into human nature and teenage longing.

Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. I did feel from time to time that the author probably owes a debt of gratitude to work such as TC Boyle’s Drop City and that wonderful counterculture classic Spiritual Midwifery for example, the midwives of Arcadia referring to uterine contractions as “rushes”.

I give great thanks to Lauren Groff for having written this book. While Arcadia rises and falls, Bit, too, ages and changes.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. In an ‘ideal’ world, a group of people coming together to live simply off the land, taking care of each other, being responsible for each other, sharing everything and living by their own rules He can crack a paragraph and eat it.

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The book follows Bit, his family, and other Arcadia residents as the community finally succeeds after years of struggling, looks at the after-effects of its success, then follows Bit’s life after nearly everyone has left Arcadia, and what living on the “Outside” has done.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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. Lauren Groff’s wonderful Arcadia fell in the latter category for me, but it was an investment well worth my time. The only author even reminiscent of Lauren Groff, is early Anne Tyler, only there is more depth to Lauren Groff’s writing.

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It captures all of the emotions and experiences of each of those ages – dream state, innocence, confusion, depression, grace, wonder, imagination, curiosity, elation, belief, loss, love, longing, joy, profound sadness and everything in between.

View all laruen comments. I’ve had ARCADIA on my Kindle for months, putting it off for a time when I was in the mood for something more atcadia, 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!

She captures the time, the idealism, the disillusionment, the drugs, the free love, the naivete, the hope and so much more.