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Bellefleur

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2000

    The great American novel

    This is the 'great American novel' that tells the history of the American experience in one family. This is by far Oates' greatest work, a real masterpiece. However, the meaning of the novel depends on your understanding one character, Brown Lucy. Miss the 'word,' mentioned only once, and the novel becomes just a beautiful soap opera. Find the word, and you discover the depth of the novel. Very few people have ever spotted this word, and that is why this novel has been overlooked for so long. Read slowly.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Sharing is caring...come on!!!

    Don't be an elitist book snob and drive everyone crazy...what the heck is "the word"?!? How does the entire 700+ page book depend on ONE word that most people miss? Do YOU really know what the word is and why would not share it???

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    To claim the true meaning of this novel hinges on one word , as

    To claim the true meaning of this novel hinges on one word , as one anonymous reviewer claims, is absurd in the extreme. The novel being (allegedly) overlooked because few people have ever spotted this word (presumably with the exception of the omniscient reviewer) is equally absurd. Read the work for what it is, an engrossing gothic novel of magic realism, and forget about looking for an apocryphal word.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2003

    THE ONE WORD?

    I have just bought this book in hardback from a library sale and have not read it yet. However, in reading the post from a reviewer, he mentions one word that is used only once and it is the key to the whole novel. Gee, now I'll be reading this book trying to spot the one word!!!!

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Tedious

    Laborious effort toward an unsatisfying end

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    The word?..

    I am finding this rather tedious...with the extremely long sentences made longer by the extremely long interjectons in parentheses is making this a difficult. Maybe if I knew "the word" I would have something to look forward to in thersce 700 plus pages.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    The usual family saga

    A nice long read for lazy summers if you have a broken ankle and cant do anything but sweat or chill inside watching the law and order re runs notice the review dates and its probably been culled from the library and out of print the magic word is tedious unless you are into this genre frankly the genre is now fixed on the kennedy and downtown abbey and the tv series win over the novels

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 26, 2014

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    Posted March 25, 2014

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