In Arcadia

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In Arcadia is a dark, satirical journey to post climate change suburbia. An enclave of outrageous entitlement, Arcadia’s proud community zealously defends its affluence from an increasingly desperate outside world. A terrifying home invasion force Tom and his young family to flee the crime-ridden inner-city for a fresh start in Arcadia; an idyllic suburb nestled on the city fringe, offering security and a sparkling new civic morality. Arcadia’s refreshing lifestyle quickly begins to tarnish however when Tom stumbles upon some harsh and unpalatable truths that underpin the suburb’s affluent existence. Unsettled by his grim discoveries, Tom is drawn on a journey that will bring storm clouds to the idyllic community, incur the wrath of Arcadia’s all-powerful Residents Association, drag the suburb to the very brink of disaster, and ultimately, threaten to tear his family apart.
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  • By the ox
    Jul 15, 2013
    This is a comic novel that depicts a near future Melbourne collapsing at a social level. The woes seem to be economic and agricultural in nature but the precise cause isn't exactly clear. The hero and narrator is a typical Melbourne dad (Tom) living with his family in a place that feels very much like Brunswick. Unfortunately the streets of the inner north are becoming overrun with unemployed vagabonds (even more than usual it would seem). Tom and his family decide to flee to the farthest edge of suburbia - to a walled community called Arcadia. Of course there turns out to be some pretty unpleasant things going on in the community and Tom is soon deeply entangled in most of it. The thing I thought most important about this book was the portrayal of characters desperately trying to hold on to a vanishing suburban ideal. In the quest for luxury these characters are very quick to dispose of their notions of morality. The other thing I liked a lot were the farcical scenes of misadventure... More > and destruction. There is some wildly unfashionable comic writing going here and I was laughing out loud in quite a few places. My only criticism is that I wanted a lot more detail about what was going on in the rest of the city. The story ends with a sense of a new journey beginning so perhaps (hopefully) the author will keep writing and produce a sequel one day.< Less
  • By Liane Munro
    Apr 14, 2013
    I loved this book, what a great read! Contemporary black comedy at its finest.
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April 8, 2013
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