The Oysters of Locmariaquer

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On the northwest coast of France, just around the corner from the English Channel, is the little town of Locmariaquer (pronounced "loc-maria-care"). The inhabitants of this town have a special relationship to the world, for it is their efforts that maintain the supply of the famous Belon oysters, called les plates ("the flat ones"). A vivid account of the cultivation of Belon oysters and an excursion into the myths, legends, and rich, vibrant history of Brittany and its extraordinary people, The Oysters of Locmariaquer is also an unforgettable journey to the heart of a fascinating culture and the enthralling, accumulating drama of a unique devotion.

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Eleanor Clark (July 6, 1913–February 16, 1996) was born in Los Angeles and attended Vassar College in the 1930s. She was the author of the National Book Award winner The Oysters of Locmariaquer, Rome and a Villa, Eyes, Etc., and the novels The Bitter Box, Baldur's Gate, and Camping Out. She was married to Robert Penn Warren.

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The Oysters of Locmariaquer is all of a piece, the work of a wanderer, of an insatiably curious mind on the loose.-- -- The New York Times Book Review

What an elegant book this is, starting with that most elegant of creatures, the Belon oyster....[Clark's] fantastic blending of science and art, history and journalism, brings the appetite back for life and literature both. -- Los Angeles Times Book Review, Susan Salter Reynolds, 27 December 1998

[Eleanor Clark] has made a book in which the novelist's gift of identification has merged with the essayist's delight in selection of detail, the traveller's roots and relationships. -- The New Republic

[The Oysters of Locmariaquer] belongs to a class of one....It calls to mind a quickly braided mulitcolored rope in which strands enmesh and enfold and enhance one another in perpetual reappearance. Much wit and patience and all the sense we have went into making this book. -- New York Review of Books

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