March 2013: "Arcadia" by Lauren Groff

  • March 20, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Lauren Groff’s “Arcadia” is so immersed in the life of a hippie commune that patchouli ought to waft off its pages. It’s a novel of the 1960s and ’70s in which acid is dropped, groats are served, “Froggie Went A Courtin’ ” is sung, a cult leader is worshiped and somebody literally hugs a tree. An outhouse at Arcadia smells like wet muskrat. Children are reared in a Kid Herd. This does not sound like everyone’s cup of rose-hip tea.
So the transporting magic of “Arcadia” comes as a surprise. Ms. Groff has taken a quaint, easily caricatured community and given it true universality, not just the knee-jerk kind that Arcadian platitudes espoused. Even more unexpectedly, she has expanded this period piece so that it stretches from 1965 to 2018, coaxing forth a remarkable amount of suspense from the way her characters change over time. And a book that might have been small, dated and insular winds up feeling timeless and vast.

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  • Lauren

    Irrelevant but funny: it occurred to me the other day that if they made this book into a movie, Bit would be Elijah Wood as an adult. Small, often looks like he's in pain, quiet.

    March 24, 2013

    • Sarah

      This is so right! Tender, gentle, sweet...but you kind of want to give him a slap ;-)

      April 1, 2013

  • melanie dawn e.

    Sorry to duck out at the last minute but I have just returned from Malaysia (on Monday) and time change is catching up with me :-(

    March 20, 2013

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    A former member

    Hej, I have a horrible flu again!!! and considering the weather forecast I will not be able to make it this time. Enjoy!

    March 18, 2013

  • Alessandra R.

    Sorry, I will be quite late. Finishing at 8PM at work.
    I hope you will still be there :-D

    March 8, 2013

    • Laura

      We will! Hope you can make it.

      March 18, 2013

  • Jenna K

    Wah! I just found out I have a dinner for work. :-(-- I'd even read the book and was looking forward to discussing it!

    March 17, 2013

  • Ditte Madvig E.

    Won't be in Cph :(

    March 8, 2013

  • Milli

    sounds cool, will try to read the book before we meet up

    February 10, 2013

  • Christine B.

    Maybe. I haven't had much luck in making it in the past, but I keep on hoping...

    1 · February 8, 2013

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