Long before Eva Peron turned Argentina upside down, Elisa Lynch brought Paraguay to its knees In 1854, an ambitious Irish courtesan met a South American General in Paris and returned with him to Paraguay When he became President, she became his de facto first lady and together they changed the course of the country s history Consumed by desire for Napoleonic glory, General President Lopez took Paraguay into a disastrous war against her neighbours Elisa Lynch went with him on campaign, turning conditions of war to her advantage where she could He was killed in the northern hills but she survived, only to be expelled from Paraguay and die an obscure death in Paris Reviled and respected, loved and distrusted, Elisa Lynch has been described as both a heroic companion to Lopez and a malign enchantress In The Shadows of Elisa Lynch, Sian Rees tells her fascinating story of recovered history....
|Title||:||The Shadows of Elisa Lynch|
|Publisher||:||Headline Review January 5, 2004|
|Number of Pages||:||352 pages|
|File Size||:||888 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Shadows of Elisa Lynch Reviews
The ingredients of a great tragic opera are all there. Elisa Lynch, a mid-nineteenth's century Irish beauty escapes Algerian boredom to become a courtesan in Paris. She charms the dashing young son of Paraguay's founder of the nation and follows him to Asuncion. As the country modernises, the economy blossoms and expands, she rides the crest to become the country's richest and most powerful - if hardly the most loved or respected - woman. Her lover, now the Mariscal Presidente - gets himself involved in a war with Brazil. He loses as he must, and with his teen age son is killed on his retreat into the mountain wilderness of the interior. Elisa, who has steadied him in the battlefield while plundering the city and grabbing lands the size of Belgium, follows him to the end and buries and reburies them after drunken soldiers have violated the grave, then vanishes slowly in post-Napoleonic France.