The characters have practically no interior lives so no matter how well the events of their lives, both mundane and bizarre, are described we never feel like we know them. In addition to the tobacco, Franco had brought dozens of ponchos as gifts; the ponchos were made from a vegetable silk called samahu whose softness was much admired. It is difficult to say whether or not Ella and Franco actually love each other, but they do stay together, though never marry, throughout the fifteen years that Ella is in Paraguay. Cantering a few paces behind Ella and her companion, Francisco Solano Lopez was also a good rider -- albeit a different sort of rider. After the death of his father, Franco Lopez flexes his imperialistic muscle and declares war on Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.
It seems to me a competent, but finally rather perfunctory novel that neither illuminates the past in any particularly discerning way nor re-imagines history so that its bearing on the present becomes any more urgently apparent. Shortly thereafter he becomes involved the aforementioned war against Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Pretty much everyone dies and there is passage after graphic passage detailing the tortures, the rapes, the starvation, and the madness that ensue. Overall, this book is worth reading, I think. It was impossible to forgive the many inaccuracies in the Spanish passages, Guaraní passages, and in details of Paraguayan culture sopa Paraguaya is not mandioca soup.
I am left wondering how this book won its year's National Book Award, other than perhaps the voters were swayed by a refined female character and her letter writing abilities. There he meets a beautiful Irish courtesan name Ella Lynch. Also he liked to ride big horses, horses that measured over sixteen, seventeen hands; at home, he often rode a big sure-footed cantankerous brown mule. If you enjoy Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I bet you'll like this read. His plan is to remake Paraguay when his father dies and he rules. This is not to say that it is bad, necessarily, just not what I was expecting. He was short, stocky -- not yet grown stout nor had his back teeth begun to trouble him -- and his thick eyebrows met in the middle of his forehead like a black stripe but he was not unattractive.
Once the war starts the human toll rises to untold heights as Franco seems to be driving his entire nation off a cliff. Others found that the writing never quite rose above description. Also, Marie's chatter nearly made me late -- today was the opening of the Salon! The style of the book is cut and paste — it mixes first person with third person, present with future, fiction with historical data. يعود فرانكو للباراغوي بصحبة إيلا و يتم رفضها من الأسرة المالكة كما هو الحال بالنسبة للأوساط الدينية و لكن فرانكو على أية حال لا يتوقف عن إحبالها واعداً إياها أن يصنع باريس أخرى و عند وفاة والد فرانكو الذي عُرفت عنه القسوة اللانهائية يتولى مقاليد الحكم ليدس أنفه في شؤون القارة اللاتينية و فرانكو أحد مهووسي نابليون بالمناسبة - و يزج بلده بحرب مع البرازيل و ذلك دفاعاً عن حليفه في الأورغواي الذي يسقط فيما بعد لتشكل البرازيل و الأرجنتين و الأورغواي حزب تحالف ثلاثي و تشن الحرب على فرانكو الذي أعماه جنون العظمة و الرغبة في تقليد بطولات المحرر العظيم بوليفار فتقضي على خيرات البلد الغني المتخم بالثروات الطبيعية و تطارد فرانكو الذي يصمد نسبياً بمساعدة النبيذ حيث لم يجرب سوى الشق الثاني من الحرب الفر و ينتهي الأمر بمقتله و تسليم الباراغواي للهاوية. Nonetheless, the war is a central setting for this fascinating novel.
Then they move to Paraguay where, certainly, the bulk of the novel is set. No, I really am not exaggerating. I had a hard time connecting with Lily Tuck's writing style--which is stunning throughout, but hit me like pelted stones somehow. A bright blue parrot feather that fell out of Ella Lynch's hat while she was horseback riding one afternoon in the Bois de Boulogne. I could forgive the disjointed writing but found difficult to forgive the many passages aimed to make my stomach turn.
His family, with its strong Roman Catholic values cannot accept Ella or the relationship she is having with Franco. The episodic style achieves many lovely moments but becomes tiresome as it introduces and then discards dozens of people who could be memorable. The incredible cruelty of so many characters is almost unbelievable. The book is written in a very interesting way - we are given brief glimpses of parts of the characters' lives, usually in short sections that are only a handful of paragraphs or less. I had a hard time connecting with Lily Tuck's writing style--which is stunning throughout, but hit me like pelted stones somehow. The characters weren't very likable a woman who has renamed and reinvented herself several times, who is selfish and oblivious, and a man who views women mostly as an avenue for sex , but it was still fairly compelling. Many images are so vivid you can almost smell them … But one keeps waiting for the moment when Ella will become an appealing human being, or when Franco will reveal the charisma he must have had, or when his sisters will emerge from their fat-slob stereotypes to become real people.
But I found this fairly torturous. Obviously Tuck had a lot of reference material to refer to and used them to full effect in certain descriptive sections, but mostly the story sort of drove itself forward at a breakneck speed. The book follows their lives as his father dies, and Francisco steps up to lead the country, his decision to make war with the neighboring countries, her life as the pampered mistress and mother of his children. She never lost me amid the stories. Tuck does not just focus on Ella and Franco, either, but gives us pictures of many of the other characters, major and minor, and leaves it up to the reader to make a whole story out of it. It leaves it up to the reader to determine how they feel about each.
رواية ممتعة متعددة الأصوات الروائية للوقوف بين الملل و بين القارئ. To view it, At first I was intrigued by this book. After all is said and done, I found to be an intriguing and unique work in many ways but not one that I would expect to win a National Book Award. Excerpted from The News from Paraguay © Copyright 2005 by Lily Tuck. The style of the book is cut and paste — it mixes first person with third person, present with future, fiction with historical data. 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. تكتب الفرنسية ليلي عن فترة مفصلية في تاريخ الباراغواي في القرن التاسع العشر.
Tuck's style in these early pages is as effective and swift as in her earlier and most successful novel, Siam. His actions and hubris decimates the population of Paraguay and push the whole country into poverty. Unfortunately, overall, it failed to deliver. Paraguay has such a fascinating history that I was glad to see that someone had written a book of historical fiction about Francisco Solano Lopez and his Irish mistress Elisa Lynch. BookBrowse note: Most reading guides have at least half a dozen questions, so I checked with Lily Tuck's publisher to be sure that this was the full reading guide for this title, and was assured that it was.