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The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch (Paperback, New Ed)

Anne Enright

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In 1854, the infamous Irishwoman Eliza Lynch met Francisco Solano Lopez, heir to the wealth of Paraguay, and, pregnant with his child, escaped with him from the streets of Paris and life as a prostitute to the strange cruel land of South America, where the two of them gained and abused power, waged war indiscriminately and were led by their recklessness and ruthlessness to a horrible downfall. Enright tells this remarkable true story through the voice of Eliza herself, as she travels down the river Parana to Asuncion for the first time, and that of Dr Stewart, a man charmed and repelled by Eliza's charismatic will, who looks back on the whole period of her reign, countering Eliza's often untrustworthy tales and giving a darker picture of events. The resulting novel is a story of obsession and ownership, of love triangles and squares, of deception and wilful ignorance. The characters' influence on each other, the madness of pregnancy, lust, jealousy, warfare and revenge are fleshed out in bold language and startling imagery, and the notion of history as a circular rather than linear progress runs throughout. A great achievement. (Kirkus UK)
Beautiful Irishwoman Eliza Lynch became briefly, in the 1860s, the richest woman in the world. The book opens in Paris with Eliza in bed with Francisco Solano López - heir to the untold wealth of Paraguay. The fruit of their congress will be extraordinary, and will send her across the Atlantic on the regal voyage to claim her glorious future in Ascunción. With the lavish imaginative richness of Marquez and the crazed panoramic sweep of Herzog, The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch is a bold and brilliantly achieved novel about sex, beauty and corruption and the end of the old world.


Imprint: Vintage
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: October 2003
First published: October 2003
Authors: Anne Enright
Dimensions: 194 x 126 x 15mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 229
Edition: New Ed
ISBN-13: 978-0-09-943694-2
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
LSN: 0-09-943694-9
Barcode: 9780099436942

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