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 :, Voice/Hyperion,, c2012.
Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
Characteristics: 298 p. ;,21 cm.
Notes: Includes a reading group guide (p. 293-298).
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: 140134190X
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Report This 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.

Report This 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!

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

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

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

Report This 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.

Report This 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!

Report This Jun 30, 2012
  • nycjackieg rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Extremely irritating and trite look at communal life, drowning in gooey sentimentality. Didn't believe one word.

Report This Jun 27, 2012
  • cerebrate rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I adore Lauren Groff. Adore her. Her first book snatched my heart, and her book of short stories delighted me. I have to admit, though, that the description of this one didn't excite me. But I shouldn't have doubted this extraordinarily gifted author: This book is absolutely beautiful.

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