by Joyce Carol Oates
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Bellefleur by Joyce Carol Oates

A wealthy and notorious clan, the Bellefleurs live in a region not unlike the Adirondacks, in an enormous mansion on the shores of mythical Lake Noir. Written with a voluptuousness and immediacy unusual even for Oates, Bellefleur was hailed upon publication as the culmination of her work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525483472
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 09/29/1987
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been several times nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. Her most recent novel is A Book of American Martyrs. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.


Princeton, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

June 16, 1938

Place of Birth:

Lockport, New York


B.A., Syracuse University, 1960; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1961

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Bellefleur 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laborious effort toward an unsatisfying end
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Read to page 14 - skipped to 50, 100, 200 and archived
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Little dated for those wanted grafic violence language sex
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brown Lucy's last name is Varrell.  Thus, the patriarch of the Bellefleur clan is also the patriarch of the Varrell clan, and the warring families are directly related, although they don't know it.  
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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