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Set on the grounds of a decaying mansion in western New York State in the s an American dream is taking shape. In the fields of western New York State in the s, on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Arcadia House, a few dozen idealists set out to live off the land. He grows up there, becoming deeply attached to Arcadia's way of life and everyone within it, in particular the beautiful but troubled Helle. While Arcadia rises and falls, Bit, too, ages and changes.

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Set on the grounds of a decaying mansion in western New York State in the s an American dream is taking shape. In the fields of western New York State in the s, on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Arcadia House, a few dozen idealists set out to live off the land. He grows up there, becoming deeply attached to Arcadia's way of life and everyone within it, in particular the beautiful but troubled Helle.

While Arcadia rises and falls, Bit, too, ages and changes. He needs to find a way to live in the world beyond Arcadia, but can he let go of the past to forge a new start? Lauren Groff. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and two sons. It's not possible to write any better without showing off. A powerful paean to the human desire to make the right sort of place to live.

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Arcadia Lauren Groff, Hyperion pp. ISBN Summary In the fields of western New York State in the s, a few dozen idealists set out to live off the land, founding what would become a commune centered on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Arcadia House. Arcadia follows this romantic, rollicking, and tragic utopian dream from its hopeful start through its heyday and after. Arcadia's inhabitants include Handy, a musician and the group's charismatic leader; Astrid, a midwife; Abe, a master carpenter; Hannah, a baker and historian; and Abe and Hannah's only child, the book's protagonist, Bit, who is born soon after the commune is created.

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W e are endlessly fascinated by utopian societies, not least because sooner or later, they go horribly wrong. What we witness first is the day-to-day existence of a thriving s commune in New York State. We see everything through Bit's eyes as he grows up in a pastoral world "too full of terror and beauty". In other words, as with all sensitive children, Bit's world is magically magnified. This milky fog of narcissism is an apt trope for naturalistic communes gone horribly right. Soon, cracks begin to appear and it becomes apparent — surprise — that life in Arcadia is just like life Outside, but with vegan food and more nudity.

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