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Arcadia by Lauren Groff

Arcadia (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Lauren Groff

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Authors:Lauren Groff
Info:Voice (2012), Paperback, 320 pages
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Arcadia by Lauren Groff (2012)

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    Drop City by T. C. Boyle (booklove2)
    booklove2: Another amazing novel on hippie communes trying to find their place. Also, a similar writing style.
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    The Hypocrisy of Disco: A Memoir by Clane Hayward (sanddancer)
    sanddancer: One is fiction, the other is non-fiction, but both are about childhoods in hippie communes
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    The Beach by Alex Garland (booklove2)
    booklove2: The unending search for utopia that falls apart
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    Room by Emma Donoghue (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Both are excellently written; both stories are about raising a baby boy in a completely non-traditional setting and include strong depictions of being a mother in extreme circumstances.

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A beautifully written book, telling the story of Bit, a baby born in an upstate New York hippie commune in the 1960s. The book tracks the rise and fall of Arcadia, which grows from a tiny, freezing community of like-minded beatniks to a two-thousand strong counter-cultural hub that eventually collapses under egos, permissiveness, drugs and sex. Alongside this broader story you get the story of Bit, growing up with rose-tinted memories of Arcadia and trying to make his way in the wider world. There's so much richness to this book, both at a language level and at the level of the story. It's slow-paced, but it's worth the time you spend on it. ( )
  mjlivi | Feb 2, 2016 |
American fiction. Suggested 2015 by Leslie, and for 2016 by Jane
  TNbookgroup | Jan 28, 2016 |
I read this after reading her most recent book 'Fates & Furies'. Better than good, but the end dragged on far too long. Also curious how she'd have written it if it were now. ( )
  ShelBeck | Jan 19, 2016 |
I am a big fan of Groff's first novel The Monsters of Templeton, but put off reading Arcadia when it was released. Maybe the hippie cover turned me off, having lived through the time and not wanting to relive it. But, this novel is about so much more than a time and a place. It is a timeless story about memory, families and community. It is a elegant novel that brought me close to tears. Aracadia reminds me of Ishiguro's novels, especially Never Let Me Go. ( )
  martitia | Nov 25, 2015 |
Groff's first novel, THE MONSTERS OF TEMPLETON, was so good, I can hardly wait to read ARCADIA!
  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
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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.

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