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Buy the selected items together This item: She does an amazing job of narrating the protangonist’s thoughts as he goes from birth, to child, to adolescent to adult to middle age.

Bit takes the reader through the transitions of the commune and his transitions to main stream America and back again. It’s a complete, fulfilling story with remarkable beauty and depth if you’re willing to endure Groff’s ostentatious prose.

The profound relationships that stretch throughout Bit’s ardadia, the attachments, love, memories; heartaches, life-changing perceptions, all conspire to bring the reader into the WHOLE of the experience They are trying to get back to the land, reject notions of corporate capitalism and the corruption it breeds, and create a better world. But growing numbers, free love and drugs, and disillusionment in their leader Handy, ultimately brings Arcadia to its knees.

Which is bad because they’re the Sanitation Crew and pump out the loos”and the social groups: What happened to all the believers? Preview — Arcadia by Lauren Groff. So in the end I’m feeling 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 more.

His gentle nature makes him more of an observer of life than a participant. But it did pick up.

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Then there was, across the street yet seemingly worlds away from the frenetic activity arcaeia Santa Anita was the LA County Arboretum, which I’d several field trips to in elementary and intermediate school. Very serious and adult behaviors and conversations are seen through the lens of love and childish normalcy, sometimes allowing the reader a great deal of dramatic irony–you know that some troubling things are afoot, but young Bit does not.

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Feb 29, Melki rated it really liked it Shelves: The idea of the commune was to pool everyone’s resources It focuses on Bit, the first child born into a s hippy commune which begins with only a few charismatic acolytes and ends with thousands. The first, told from the point of view of the naive yet sensitive and often frightened five-year-old, Bit, describes his growing up in the eponymous hippie commune.

There were enough seeds of human error sown as there are in any such utopian endeavor early on that I found it hard to believe that the same people would have held together for such grooff long time before the bottom dropped out.


The herbal optimism of these young men and women arrives already cast in the shadow of failure. That this man aluren his truck down the street won’t, on a whim, angle into the plate glass and end things.

There he would dip it to the surface and free it into the terrible cold water.

Why create that improbable and fascinating underground emergency tunnel between Arcadia House and the Octagonal Barn, and then allow it to drop out of the story almost completely?

The pioneers of this new Arcadia — a country estate with a dilapidated manor house — are a bunch of hippies. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

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Groff the president won’t let his hand hover over the red button and, in moment of rage or weakness, explode the world. 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: Resented it, too, because I was so laurej forward to it.

Arcadia has become one of my favorite books that I’ve read in a long time. Small children are natural hippies, so nothing seems strange to him about nudity and love without boundaries.


Here you’ll get to ride out a New York winter in a tent, quonset hut or bread truck, while waiting for your Utopian palace to be restored. Groff beautifully described the ‘culture shock’ Bit experienced living in the city and continued to have difficulty with throughout his life The description lauden the Hippies was just as I remembered them.

Live outside the evil of commerce and make our own lives from scratch. The writing was top-notch and was put to better purpose lajren 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 family, community, freedom and conformity, and the striving for perfection in a very flawed world.

I read Groff’s Fate and Furies and loved it’s look at marriage and all it’s shadows and sunlight and little lies and deceptions, but this book is phenomenal. He was afraid of himself, of how badly he wanted to smash his fist through the window, to cradle the fish in his bloody hands and carry it down to the river.

As he grows laurenn, he begins to be more judgmental, but it’s sincere. 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. For anyone still naive enough to feel nostalgic about free-love merrymakers, T. Lauren Groff’s prose, at its best is breathy and luminous. Here’s a good test.

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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. And a book that might have been small, dated and insular winds up feeling timeless and vast.

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