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by Lauren Groff

Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Lauren Groff
ISBN: 1410448614
ISBN13: 978-1410448613
Language: English
Publisher: Thorndike Press; Large Print edition (June 22, 2012)
Pages: 467
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Series: Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series. Hardcover: 643 pages. This idyllic town with a very large lake that is hundreds of feet deep, is modeled on Cooperstown.

Series: Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series. Publisher: Thorndike Pr (June 4, 2008). The day a bedraggled Willie rolls into town, a dead prehistoric "monster" surfaces on the lake. Willie's mother, Vi, is an aging hippie-turned-born again Christian, who has always told Willie that her father was one of three men with whom she lived in a house in San Francisco in the '60s.

Thorndike Press publishes large print books - including the most bestsellers and bestselling authors - in fiction genres like romance, mystery, and western to nonfiction sub-genres such as biography, history, and lifestyle in an easy-to-read format.

Lauren Groff Her books include The Monsters of Templeton, Delicate Edible Birds, and Fates and Furies.

Wilhelmina Cooper is told that the key to her biological father's identity lies somewhere in her family's history. Lauren Groff graduated from Amherst College and received an MFA in fiction from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her books include The Monsters of Templeton, Delicate Edible Birds, and Fates and Furies. Arcadia won of the Medici Book Club Prize. Her fiction has also won the Paul Bowles Prize for Fiction, the PEN/O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize.

Published March 13th 2012 by Hachette Books. Published June 22nd 2012 by Thorndike Press. Large Print, Hardcover, 467 pages. Hardcover, 291 pages. Author(s): Lauren Groff (Goodreads Author)

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In a haunting story of the American dream, Bit, born in a back-to-nature commune in 1970s New York State, must come to grips with the outside world when the commune eventually fails.
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Ffyan
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...

...to 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.
Punind
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.
net rider
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.
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