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Eva Peron Paperback – 2 Jan 1997


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Time Warner Paperbacks; Reprint edition (2 Jan 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751519456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751519457
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.6 x 12.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 868,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Mar 2002
Format: Paperback
An in-depth expoloration of the life and death of Eva Peron; however, the author assumes that the reader is as familiar with all the characters as she is, so that it is sometimes not easy to follow the anecdotes, eg, they may be mentioned by first name and surname first, then by first name only, then by a nickname.
The author tries hard to be objective, but cannot prevent sentimentality from creeping in; this distracts the reader from the facts in places.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By trinity_matrix_keanu_dogstar_luva@hotmail.com on 22 May 2001
Format: Paperback
I have to say i really enjoyed this book, the translation is a bit dogey, but i honestly dont think it affects the book that much, as i said, once i started reading this book i just couldnt stop it is utterly enthralling! It is a very interesting book about a very interesting person! The book is best in the respect that instead of taking just one of the versions of her life it explores a few along side each other. An excelent read!
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I enjoyed this book despite its flaws. Having read The Woman with the Whip some years ago I wanted a more satisfactory biography of Evita and saw that this was described as ‘definitive’. That is not quite true but reading other reviews does seem to suggest that this is perhaps the best bet overall for a balanced insightful account and it is certainly very readable and entertaining. It does suffer, however, from a tendency to pretentiousness and speculation and at times the exact sense is obscure and even meaningless. Possibly this is the result of translation but I suspect that the original (French I believe, though some say Spanish) was exactly the same. French writers can be like that! Certainly there are, as another reviewer notes, times where claims are made about events or thoughts where it seems impossible for the author to know whether what is being asserted is true. There is a fictionalised feeling at times. The overall effect is to create a book that is full of anecdotes and dramatic scenes but lacks real detail about the government of Peron and its power base and Eva’s relations with other party leaders. The discussion of the Nazi links (fugitives, treasure, secret bank accounts) is, I thought, confusing rather than enlightening – there is too much hinting and suggesting, too little clarity (a fault throughout the book). A genuine attempt is made to give a balanced treatment and there is neither idolisation nor defamation but I would have liked an objective final assessment of her character and impact, less mystical and generalised than what we are actually offered.
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By A Customer on 17 Mar 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was a disappointment. I felt that the translation led to a peculiar turn of phrase which somewhat distracted me from the content. I also felt that the book had too much speculation about the main protagonists feelings at certain times and events - which no historian, however good, would be able to ascertain. I came away feeling that I did know more about Eva and Juan Peron - but I would have rather found out without the flowery turn of phrase used by the author and/or translator. On the plus side, it is an easy read - I read it in a weekend.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jillian Andrews on 24 July 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Bought this for my daughter who was studying Eva Peron for a history project & also appearing in a production of Evita & wanting to research the character abit more. Good condition & quick delivery, very pleased.
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