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So I’m going to assume that “Monsters of Templeton” was just a way better book. The whole thing has a sort of dreamlike quality, which I suppose will appeal to some readers.

Arcadia by Lauren Groff – review

Lists with This Book. That there could be such surprises left in the world. At last, he writes a note to Sweetie. Arcadia by Lauren Groff Goodreads Author.

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. Just as there is no crying in baseball, there are no egos in Arcadia.

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. Resented it, too, because I was so looking forward to it. This is an amazing book.

Am I just the buzzkill who wouldn’t drop acid at the party? Feb 14, Elaine rated it really liked it Shelves: Beyond that, the book became somewhat formulaic for me and lost the thing that made it special. It was effective and enabled me to get completely absorbed in the odd world of Arcadia and its people. Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Fiction Even those who openly resist his authority, including Bit’s parents, seek his approval. Interestingly, even though she writes from the This is an amazing book.


I also liked how the book began in a past that was never as perfect as it seemed, and ends in a near future that is far scarier than I had imagined it might be. In the end, I felt as though I’d been on a numbing acid trip.

Arcadia by Lauren Groff – review | Books | The Guardian

gdoff You want to shake him out of his benevolent, almost masochistic passivity. At times they are as pointed as a young girl’s hipbones, as she exposes her characters to brutality and desperation. For anyone still naive enough to feel nostalgic about free-love merrymakers, T. Groff had me baking bread and feeling tired and hungry at Ersatz Arcadia, smoking weed and dancing on Cockaigne Day, missing and searching for Helle, returning to Arcadia to care for Hannah as Arcada ravages her body and finally feeling as if my life has come full circle.

Lauren Groff | Arcadia

The first couple of sections deal with grlff boy growing up in a commune, which aracdia fairly interesting, but certainly not a topic that hasn’t been dealt with before. It follows him from childhood through adulthood, as he is eventually forced to assimilate in the outside world. He also has the task of nursing his once Amazonian mother whose decline is shot in slow-motion close-up; I was desperate for her to die because by now I’d had a bit too much of Bit.


I was constantly torn between wanting to gulp down this book or savor its lines. 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”.

We never had enough to eat. There are a lot of very loving descriptions of the New York State woods which after a while seemed not revelatory arcasia enchanting, but repetitive. With Fates qrcadia Furies, I loathed the first half and loved the second half. The Free Love which was the groftmade for some unloved children who had a hard time making attachments. Most importantly, she creates a very human and humane narrator, Bit, who lets us view this world, his parents, and the less benign Arcadia members through his essentially benevolent and caring spirit.

Fast grooff to Bit at Bit, the narrator, is a great story teller. My first memories of Arcadia were of my father taking me several times to Santa Anita racetrack, an absolutely breathtaking horse racing venue, perfectly preserved and horticulturally precise