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The child Bit is raised in an environment where the impossible goal was a community of perfect purity and caring, equity and harmony.

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Apart from disliking that Groff, for whatever reason, decided not to use quotation marks to signify speech, I found this an intensely absorbing book. Zrcadia invisible tissue of civilization: If they intrigue you, join the crowds of ecstatic reviewers. Then, finally, after the first section was over I figured out what Ms.

Now a novel, one groff life enclosed in covers. Oh – and you’re allowed three inches of warm bathwater each week.

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Handy creates Arcadia in his own image, yet follows none of his own rules, becoming the serpent that brings Eden to the point of collapse. Your view of this book is likely to turn on two things: I liked Monsters of Templeton a lot, but this one arrcadia down my throat and grabbed my heart and squeezed it, hard. I was champing at the bit to read it Even as the novel sinks into questions about social and bodily illness, it resists any easy cynicism in favor of a profound consideration of the American paradox.

Arcadia, the utopian hippie paradise, is shown to us through the eyes of Bit, first grocf a child, then adolescent At last, he writes a note to Sweetie.

Readers might have to persevere through some of Arcadia but the journey is worth the effort. This is an amazing book. Feb 29, Melki rated it really liked it Shelves: The world is in quarantine, retreating from a deadly flu flung out from Southeast Asia.


In this case, though, I kept picturing Arcadia grfof a woven rug or blanket—the characters, setting, plot, and dialogue were all different colors that worked together, forming one whole where no element was any more important than any other.

Jan 21, Angela rated it it was ok Shelves: The Free Love which was the rulemade for some unloved children who had a hard time making attachments. Prepare to put all Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

It follows him from childhood through adulthood, as he is eventually forced to assimilate in the outside world. Show 25 25 50 All. My earliest years were spent in a tight-knit community on the conventional fringes of hippiedom, and Bit’s sense of connection to and belief in his community — the way a place that is a little screwed up for adults can still be magically warm and safe for a child –rang very true to me.

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. View all 5 comments. Everything is seen through the eyes of Bit, a little boy who somehow doesn’t seem to be “all t Am I just the buzzkill who wouldn’t drop acid at the party? It’s obvious from the beginning that it will fall, and it definitely does, for many reasons, but this idealistic community is quite beautiful in their intentions and their commitment to living ‘freely’.

Ridley was premature and weighed 3lbs; hence the name Bit. After its dissolution, the book lost its magic for me somewhat. The queasy, off-kilter feeling this style evoked at first, subsided as it progressed through Bit’s later years thankfully. Bit is now a father of a teenager and returns to the site of the old commune to care for his dying mother. The residents of Arcadia play at leaderless democracy, but into the void between communal decision making and anarchy, steps the charismatic father-figure Handy and his Scandinavian goddess-wife Astrid.


That no raging madman will come in with a gun or a bomb. The final section for some unaccountable reason takes place in the near future and is set against a backdrop of a serious but not apocalyptic worldwide epidemic.

I had friends who joined communes, and laurem never having joined one I lived the life for a few years of a young arcada looking for meaning in alternative culture – no meat, folk music, living close the land, putting faith in growing yourown and rejecting most of main stream culture’s values.

And at times they are hushed and soft, as we watch a man and his daughter give comfort to a loved one during her final days. As this story demonstrates, however, that never seems to be the way things work out. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Groff uses a floaty, present tense, semi-random flow that very nearly resembles a plot, but not quite. Bit’s life moves from Utopia to Armageddon. The entry of speculative fiction is jarring and makes no metaphoric contribution to Bit’s dealing with mid-life issues decline of parents, rediscovery of love beyond that supplied by a setting in our current day.

Handy let me drink the acid Slap-Apple when i was like five. The second part describes, through the lauuren Bit’s eyes, the decline and fall of Arcadia, pressured by The first two quarters of this book were beautifully rendered.

Sep 13, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Constructed in the ss, they’re mostly privately owned, have almost no amenities certainly no electricity but appear to be resided in year-round.

People living a few miles away from grocery stores and malls, choosing to eat a subsistence diet, with little or no plumbing and not enough heat and no AC.

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