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The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch

Anne Enright

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ISBN 10: 0871138689 / ISBN 13: 9780871138682
Published by Atlantic Monthly Press, 2003
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2003. Hardcover. First US edition, first printing. A lovely copy of Enright's third novel. Mild edgewear. Near Fine in like dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 200805150081OFFFH44LY

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Title: The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Anne Enright's novels What Are You Like? and The Wig My Father Wore have established her as a stunning young writer of international caliber. This award-winning author now delivers an astonishing, rich tour de force based on the life of a woman truly larger than life: Eliza Lynch, the nineteenth-century Irishwoman who became Paraguay's Eva Peron. Beautiful, sophisticated, and adventurous, 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 for Paraguay several months later with a pregnant Eliza beside him. Reviled by Asuncion society and her lover's family, Eliza built herself a fine house, constructed a national theater for Paraguay, and had her son baptized, although he was a bastard. In less than a decade, Lopez became dictator of the nation and plunged Paraguay into a conflict that would kill over half its population. By then Eliza had become notorious -- as both the angel of the battlefield, inspiring the troops, and the demon driving Lopez's ambition. At one time the richest woman in the world, she was said to lead the retreat of the army in a black coach followed by carriages conveying her enormous wardrobe of Paris gowns. When Lopez was killed by the Brazilian army, she buried him in a shallow grave dug with her own hands. Anne Enright has written a gorgeous, deeply resonant novel about this extraordinary woman, following the arc of a life from the joyous sting of meeting Lopez, to burying him alone in a Paraguayan Golgotha. It is a novel of epic love and epic destruction, and an accomplishment that brings Anne Enright's immense talent to full flower.

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This bold and exquisitely written novel is an historical epic sweeping from Paris to Paraguay -- based on the true story of a beautiful Irishwoman who in the 1860s became, briefly, the richest woman in the world.

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