Arcadia ebook

by Lauren Groff

Praise for Arcadia Richly peopled and ambitious and oh, so lovely, Lauren Groff’s Arcadia is one of the most moving and satisfying novels I’ve read in a long time. It’s not possible to write any.

Praise for Arcadia Richly peopled and ambitious and oh, so lovely, Lauren Groff’s Arcadia is one of the most moving and satisfying novels I’ve read in a long time. Richly peopled and ambitious and oh, so lovely, Lauren Groff’s Arcadia is one of the most moving and satisfying novels I’ve read in a long time. It’s not possible to write any better without showing off. -Richard Russo, author of the novel That Old Cape Magic and the Pulitzer Prize–winning Empire Falls.

but i should have known that lauren groff would write a spectacular book even if it was about fucking hippies. i have read all three of her books now, and while monsters of templeton is still far and away the winner in the "books by lauren groff" award ceremonies, this one is very very good. this novel focuses on bit, a child born into a hippie commune, and checks in with him during four periods in his life. i had reservations about this book because, well, look at that cover.

Lauren Groff’s second novel, Arcadia, is set on a hippie commune in upstate New York and spans the years from 1965 to 2018. And a book that might have been small, dated and insular winds up feeling timeless and vast. The raw beauty of Ms. Groff’s prose is one of the best things about Arcadia. But it is by no means this book’s only kind of splendor. Ms. Groff draws her readers into the mind of Bit, the first kid born into the midst of Arcadia’s affectations. His real first name is Ridley, but he earned his nickname by being very small. Bit is supposed to mean Little Bit of a Hippie.

Lauren Groff is the author of three New York Times bestselling novels – Fates and Furies (named by Barack Obama as his favourite book of 2015), The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia – as well as the story collection Delicate Edible Birds

Lauren Groff is the author of three New York Times bestselling novels – Fates and Furies (named by Barack Obama as his favourite book of 2015), The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia – as well as the story collection Delicate Edible Birds. She graduated from Amherst College and has an MFA in fiction from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Groff’s fiction has won the Pushcart Prize and the PEN/O. Henry Award, among others, and has been shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2017, she was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists.

Formed in the 1960s by a small enclave sleeping in old buses and lean-tos far from the political turbulence of the era, it evolves and expands over time until its ideals and integrity are challenged. by great swells in population, emergent personal desires and agendas, and, eventually, a new generation of Free People.

Arcadia Groff Lauren Hachette Book Group 9781401340872 : From the bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton comes a lyrical and gripping story of a great American dream. Кол-во: о цене Наличие: Отсутствует. Возможна поставка под заказ. При оформлении заказа до: 16 авг 2019 Ориентировочная дата поставки: конец Сентября При условии наличия книги у поставщика.

From Lauren Groff, author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling first novel The Monsters of Templeton, comes Delicate Edible Birds, one of the most striking short fiction debuts in recent years. Here are nine stories of astonishing insight and variety, each revealing a resonant drama within the life of a twentieth-century American woman.

In Lauren Groff's third work of fiction, Arcadia, it happens later. What we witness first is the day-to-day existence of a thriving 1970s commune in New York State. Groff is a sensuous writer, and the evocation of everyday commune life is warm: the making of food (soy cheese, poppyseed cake), the polygamy ("Jeannise had sex with both Hank and Horse, and now the twins aren't talking to one another.

BY LAUREN GROFF (Heinemann £1. 9). In Greek mythology, Arcadia was the home of the god Pan and, over the years, it has been depicted as a secular Eden, a place of rustic harmony, untainted by civilisation. By Michael Arditti for MailOnline. Published: 14:10 EST, 5 April 2012 Updated: 08:51 EST, 10 April 2012.

New York Times Bestseller"Timeless and vast... The raw beauty of Ms. Groff’s prose is one of the best things about Arcadia. But it is by no means this book’s only kind of splendor." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times"Even the most incidental details vibrate with life � Arcadia wends a harrowing path back to a fragile, lovely place you can believe in." --Ron Charles, The Washington PostIn the fields of western New York State in the 1970s, a few dozen idealists set out to live off the land, founding a commune centered on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Arcadia House. Arcadia follows this romantic utopian dream from its hopeful start through its heyday. Arcadia’s inhabitants include Handy, the charismatic leader; his wife, Astrid, a midwife; Abe, a master carpenter; Hannah, a baker and historian; and Abe and Hannah’s only child, Bit. While Arcadia rises and falls, Bit, too, ages and changes. He falls in love with Helle, Handy’s lovely, troubled daughter. And eventually he must face the world beyond Arcadia. In Arcadia, Groff displays her literary gifts to stunning effect."Fascinating." --People (****)"It’s not possible to write any better without showing off." --Richard Russo, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Empire Falls "Dazzling." --Vogue
There is a trend, a demand in modern society, to be BOMBARDED with stimulation, whether breathless "Breaking News!!" posts, trolling social media exchanges, the noise of frenetic advertising, reality TV, sitcoms, and comic book dramas, or even popular book genres filled with shirtless protagonists (those covers on Twitter!) or shallow but page-turning narratives. It's not easy for thoughtful, poetic, literary work to gain notice amidst the cacophony, so when one such work does -- something quiet, narratively unique, almost delicate in its visceral punch -- it is noteworthy.

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, 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!

Revolving around the "hippie commune" of Arcadia in western New York in the late 60s, it is a poignant, redolent, visceral memory piece wrapped around the main character, Bit, a small boy who grows up in the commune until events demand that he and his family face the outside 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: the smells, sounds, feelings, sensations, to the point that you can almost taste the yeasty bread baked daily or smell the hot berries growing in the sun as he dashes by on some forest adventure.

The characters who fill the narrative, from adults who remind us of images we’ve seen of that time, to the children living by their wit and wonder, it is a story that is both non-judgmental in its rendering of that unique and memorable era, as well as a candid and unvarnished view of that history's impact on the lives and well-being of those involved.

If you are looking for fast-paced, page-turning plot lines, or extreme character twists and turns, this is not your book. But if the notion of fully experiencing a seminal moment in history via another person's journey through that time pricks your interest, you will be deeply moved by this story. The profound relationships that stretch throughout Bit's life, the attachments, love, memories; heartaches, life-changing perceptions, all conspire to bring the reader into the WHOLE of the experience... the point that by the book's I was emotionally filled, teary-eyed and yearning, nostalgic and appreciative of the moments, large and small, in my own history, when a glance, a breath, a connection between people makes one realize how fragile and precious life is, how strong our emotional ties, how important to make note of ALL we surround ourselves by, immerse ourselves in, deem integral to who we are.

"Pay attention, he thinks. Not to the grand gestures, but to the passing breath."

It is a beautiful ideal from an idealistic time. It remains a beautiful ideal, well expressed in a beautifully rendered book.
I had a boyfriend in college with strong ties to a commune overlooking Puget Sound on a beautiful island mid- point between Seattle and Canada. We spent long summer weekends there enjoying the quiet off-the-grid beauty of the natural world. I've often wondered what became of the community-- especially two young children, Heron and Critter.
Finally someone has addressed this intriguing part of American history. Arcadia is a novel that explores life for Bit (the oddball name sounds authentic), who was born and raised in the fictional commune. Arcadia is founded by intelligent, well-meaning and committed people. Then, as is often the case, success attracted a different crowd contributing to its demise.
The first part of the novel is brilliantly told from Bit Stone's childhood point of view. Arcadia is a large commune with a lot of activity. Sights, sounds and particularly smells are lavishly described--often in lyrical language. Bit is a sensitive child who although he suffers from his mother's depression, a lack of food, the cold, and a general lack of creature comforts, has no interest is leaving the only home he's ever known.
This part of the book is packed with thought-provoking details. Except for the author's irritating decision not to use punctuation to indicate speech, the book has its strengths. Lauren Groff did a great job on commune life. For example, the commune is led by a charismatic musician, Handy, who becomes predictably corrupt. The powerful effect of popular music on the counter-culture of the time was accurate and believable. However, 1) such a commune would have thrived slightly earlier in time, not after Jonestown, or Ronald Reagan's election and 2) a raison d'être for the commune (the draft for the war in Vietnam) would have been more prominent in everyone's consciousness. On the real-life commune I knew, people dodging the draft on their way to Canada were often drop-ins. Their unexpected stays often depleted the resources of the generous community.
The last part of the novel was weak. There is very little plot and what there is seems silly (a pandemic named `SARI'). It's as if Groff ran out of juice after her strong start. I wanted to learn how Bit handled the transition to life beyond Arcadia, but that was skipped over. As with the lives of Heron and Critter, I still wonder.
For the first third of Arcadia, I kept wondering why. Why did this book get such great reviews? Why did Bit and his commune family seem so freakishly intelligent yet so intrinsically naive ? Why did I stick with it? The last two thirds of the book redeems Groff's slow start.

The commune Arcadia welcomes all so it isn't long before the limited resources are over-run. Handy, the supposed leader of the group, is a self-righteous con artist. He has the words to build a following but not the dedicated effort to make it work. Hannah and Abe, devoted followers, are able to believe in the vision and recognize when it is going awry. Their world is seen through the eyes of their son, Bit. Born into the commune, Bit sees the peace and the love while ignoring the hunger and the dirt. Years of commune living go by with limited contact with the outside world. Ironically, when Hannah, Abe, and Bit leave Arcadia, they head for NYC.

Bit's life as an adult and father is of course tempered by his childhood and adolescence at Arcadia. He strives for the clarity he always felt as a child. His gentle nature makes him more of an observer of life than a participant.

Readers might have to persevere through some of Arcadia but the journey is worth the effort.
Arcadia ebook
Lauren Groff
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