The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch (Paperback)

Author: Enright, Anne

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The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch is a dazzling novel from a writer of international caliber, based on the life of the nineteenth-century Irishwoman who became Paraguay's Eva Peron. Eliza Lynch met Francisco Solano Lopez in Paris, when she was nineteen and he was in Europe to recruit engineers for the first railroad in South America. He left several months later with a pregnant Eliza beside him. Reviled by Asuncion society and the family of her lover, who never married her, Eliza nevertheless had her son baptized his heir. In less than a decade, Lopez became dictator and plunged Paraguay into a conflict that would kill over half its population. By then Eliza was notorious-as both the angel of the battlefield, inspiring the troops, and the demon driving Lopez's ambition-and when Lopez was killed in battle, she buried him in a shallow grave dug with her own hands. Anne Enright has written a gorgeous, deeply resonant novel.

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Publisher Grove/Atlantic
Mfg Part# 9780802141194
SKU 35230272
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0802141196
Release Date 4/16/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.5T
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"[A] rich, flamboyant, mannered book, written with condensed, self-conscious stylishness, dazzling with images and sensations and violence, and daring you to resist it from its first outrageous sentence."
"Enright's prose is sensuous and condensed. There is a lush, erotic concentration on powerful moments, memorably realised...."
"Slighted pride is the motive Eliza's recent biographers produce for her behavior. It seems inadequate. Enright produces a more nuanced cause--deprivation--that she buries in such a wealth of virtuoso imagery that it is not immediately apparent....Born from hunger, Enright's Eliza needs to surround herself with luxury....She has suffered, and the world must pay for it. It is an answer, and an elegantly wrapped one, but Enright's Eliza still remains a strangely impenetrable creation."
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Annotation An Irish girl from Dublin becomes the mistress of Francisco Solano Lopez, the Paraguayan dictator, in Anne Enright's novel, which is based on a true tale. The novel tackles the question of whether Lopez was a hero or a disaster, but its main emphasis is on recreating the times in which it is set--the second half of the 19th century.
Editors Note An historical novel based on the story of Eliza Lynch, the Irish wife of a Paraguayan dictator, explores the relationship between this young European woman and the notorious Latin American leader Francisco Solano. Reprint.
Editors Note 2 An historical novel based on the story of Eliza Lynch, the Irish wife of a Paraguayan dictator, explores the relationship between this young European woman and the notorious Latin American leader Francisco Solano. Reprint.
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