The News From Paraguay

The News From Paraguay

A Novel

Book - 2004 | First edition
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For him it began with a bright blue parrot feather that fell from Ella Lynch's hat when she was horseback riding in the Bois de Boulogne. The year was 1854, and Francisco Solano Lopez -- "Franco," the future dictator of Paraguay -- began his courtship of the young, beautiful Irishwoman with a poncho, a Paraguayan band, and a horse named Mathilde.

From Paris, Ella Lynch follows Franco to Asunción, where she reigns as his mistress. Isolated and estranged in this new world, she embraces her lover's ill-fated dream -- one fueled by outsize imperial ambition and heedless arrogance, and with devastating consequences for Paraguay and all its inhabitants.

A historical epic that tells an unusual love story, The News from Paraguay offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of nineteenth-century Paraguay, a largely untouched wilderness where Europeans and North Americans intermingle with both the old Spanish aristocracy and native Guaraní Indians.

The urgency of the narrative, the imaginative richness of its intimate detail, and the wealth of characters whose stories are skillfully layered and unfolded recall the epic novels of Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa. The News from Paraguay captures the devastating havoc wrought on both a country's fate and a woman's heart by ruthless ambition and war.

Publisher: New York : Harper Collins Publishers, c2004
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780066209449
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 248 pages : map ; 22 cm


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Dec 09, 2016

The Library Journal and Publisher Weekly reviews above are very good , accurate and fairly complete. It did indeed win the 2004 National Book Award.
I've learned a lot about the history of Paraguay from this book.
The reviews however neglect to mention that the book is filled with descriptions of an amazing array of sexual perversions. So readers beware of that.

Dec 05, 2010

2004 National Book Award - Fiction

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