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Bellefleur

Oates, Joyce Carol (Book - 2013 )
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A wealthy and notorious clan, the Bellefleurs live in a region not unlike the Adirondacks, in an enormous mansion on the shores of mythic Lake Noir. They own vast lands and profitable businesses, they employ their neighbors, and they influence the government. A prolific and eccentric group, they include several millionaires, a mass murderer, a spiritual seeker who climbs into the mountains looking for God, a wealthy noctambulist who dies of a chicken scratch. Bellefleur traces the lives of several generations of this unusual family. At its center is Gideon Bellefleur and his imperious, somewhat psychic, very beautiful wife, Leah, their three children (one with frightening psychic abilities), and the servants and relatives, living and dead, who inhabit the mansion and its environs. Their story offers a profound look at the world's changeableness, time and eternity, space and soul, pride and physicality versus love. Bellefleur is an allegory of caritas versus cupiditas, love and selflessness versus pride and selfishness. It is a novel of change, baffling complexity, mystery.
Authors: Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938-
Title: Bellefleur
Publisher: New York : Ecco, 2013
Edition: 1st Ecco pbk. ed
Characteristics: xv, 733 p.;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Joyce Carol Oates
Summary: A wealthy and notorious clan, the Bellefleurs live in a region not unlike the Adirondacks, in an enormous mansion on the shores of mythic Lake Noir. They own vast lands and profitable businesses, they employ their neighbors, and they influence the government. A prolific and eccentric group, they include several millionaires, a mass murderer, a spiritual seeker who climbs into the mountains looking for God, a wealthy noctambulist who dies of a chicken scratch. Bellefleur traces the lives of several generations of this unusual family. At its center is Gideon Bellefleur and his imperious, somewhat psychic, very beautiful wife, Leah, their three children (one with frightening psychic abilities), and the servants and relatives, living and dead, who inhabit the mansion and its environs. Their story offers a profound look at the world's changeableness, time and eternity, space and soul, pride and physicality versus love. Bellefleur is an allegory of caritas versus cupiditas, love and selflessness versus pride and selfishness. It is a novel of change, baffling complexity, mystery.
ISBN: 9780062269164
006226916X
Branch Call Number: FICTION OATES 2013
Physical Form Available: Also issued online
Subject Headings: New York (State) Fiction Rich people Fiction Families New York (State) New York Fiction French Americans New York (State) New York Fiction Eccentrics and eccentricities Fiction
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Rich people
Families
French Americans
Eccentrics and eccentricities
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A sprawling Southern Gothic classic from the prolific Oates. The story of six generations of a rich, influential family in upstate New York who breed a Gong Show of descendants: serial killers, religious fanatics, vampires, scientists, gamblers, and a carnie-esque heroine. Be patient, for this ... Read More »


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