Wednesday, August 11, 2010
THE PLEASURE OF ELIZA LYNCH by Anne Enright
Anne Enright's Booker-Prize winning novel THE GATHERING is one of the most beautiful and haunting books I've read in recent years, so I was excited to find this earlier one on the shelves of my local TPL branch.
THE PLEASURE OF ELIZA LYNCH is Enright's take on the Irish-whore-turned-Eva-Peron-of-Paraguay who became the most powerful woman there in the 19th century as the consort to President Lopez.
With the vibrant muscular prose and directness that I've come to expect from Enright, Eliza's story is unravelled skein by skein, moment to moment through her perspectives on love, sex, war and death.
If you haven't found your way to Anne Enright's books, it's time that you did.