** Arcadia by Lauren Groff


Arcadia is a big novel that tells the life of a boy born in a commune in New York State. It reminded me of memoirs of people raised by ideologically extreme parents, and especially of My Life in Orange, whose author grew up in a cult with a guru not unlike the one in this book. The most successful parts of the book take place in the commune, both during Bit’s childhood, with hard times for his family and the commune, and near the end of the book when he returns to take care of his ailing mother.  I could have done without the apocalyptic flavor of the last part of the book and the story of the commune seemed just a little too predictable, but the novel  had an authentic sixties hippy commune atmosphere — at least if I judge from the aforementioned memoirs.

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