The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch by Anne Enright

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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 López 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 Asunción society and the family of her lover, who never married her, Eliza nevertheless had her son baptized his heir. In less than a decade, López 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 López's ambition-and when López 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.
 

About Anne Enright

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ANNE ENRIGHT has published essays, short stories, a non-fiction book about motherhood and five novels including The Gathering, winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize. She lives in Dublin.
 
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 242 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But the tale consistently engages and entertains, and Enright sets up numerous interesting echoes and parallels by way of its unusual dual structure, in which Eliza’s own narrative of her exploits is confined to her early years (1854–5) in Paraguay, and successive later years are chronicled in ch...

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The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch by Anne Enright Cape £12.99, pp230 Francisco Solano López, heir to a fortune in Paraguay, is copulating with Eliza Lynch, a beautiful Irish whore, in a room so dominated by a bed that it is more bed than room.

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The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch by Anne Enright 244pp, Jonathan Cape, £12.99 "Francisco Solano Lopez put his penis inside Eliza Lynch on a lovely spring day in Paris in 1854," proudly announces Anne Enright's spectacular new novel.

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London Review of Books

The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch is half the length of the epic Clara, and 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: ‘Francisco Solano López pu...

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