Lavinia has ratings and reviews. Lyn said: Is it possible that Ursula K. LeGuin can write a bad book?I guess anything is possible: I could. In The Aeneid, Vergil’s hero fights to claim the king’s daughter, Lavinia, with whom he is destined to found an empire. Lavinia herself never speaks a word. Now. Lavinia [Ursula K. Le Guin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers .

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Part of the brilliance in Le Guin’s book lies in her ability to seamlessly weave a rich and detailed story for Lavinia in the greater fabric of Virgil’s epic.

Le Guin is overwhelmingly, frighteningly wise. I can see why this won the Locus award for the best fantasy novel of the year.

Le Guin infuses her with intelligence and courage, but never breaks character with what little was established in Virgil. Part of what makes this novel work for me is the way she strips the story of Aeneas of its Augustan influences–Vergil originally wrote the poem as a propaganda piece for the emperor okay, maybe that wasn’t his only purpose, but he had to throw it in there to keep the people in charge happyand the ostentatious wealth and fantastical religion it promotes help divorce it from reality and make it harder to relate to.

They found a new city called Laviniumbut Aeneas is killed urrsula three years. There are only hints and foreshadowings of the grandeur of the Rome-to-come: Guln, it was a delightfully woven tale of life in pre-ancient Rome. Reading this book is no thrill-ride. No, it was about equality of genders ld its own way with strong characters. She has all along regarded the world she lives in as unreal, a product of Virgil’s imagination.


Lavinia is a delightful heroine: The poet died with his work incomplete; he asked for his work to be burned, and he was not obeyed. It is a hideous shock when war strikes this gentle, pacific society.

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And aside this weirdness, the book has the additional flaw that it tries to pack too much in too few pages as well, which feels shallow at the start and rushed by the end. In a curious twist of fate, Lavinia has oracular visions in which she can communicate with the poet who created her character.

But this mere listing of attributes does nothing to capture the essence of the experience, even for oneself, let along to convey the fullness of sensation to another.

LeGuin can write a bad book? Le Guin gives Lavinia a voice in a novel that takes us to the half-wild world of ancient Italy, when Rome w. Le Guin’s simpler version gjin much more authentic and relatable. Jul 28, Sharon rated it really liked it. Back when I studied Latin, we were given bits of Virgil’s “Aeneid” to translate. Told with unassuming but descriptive language, and with her inimitable style, Lavinia was a pleasure to read.

Lavinia by Ursula le Guin: review – Telegraph

I highly recommend this story to anyone looking for an impetus to revisit early masterpieces of western literature as well as those who enjoy thoughtful historical fiction. This is why Lavinia is such a wonderful book.

In LaviniaUrsula K. She caused hers by letting men who wanted her take her. I liked this book, but did not love it. ursual

Lavinia by Ursula le Guin: review

Headstrong and passionate, she forges her own path between the conflicting expectations of others; it is she, as much as Aeneas himself, who determines the fate of her homeland. Le Guin Beauty by Sheri S.


Lavinia 4 9 Jul 27, Dec 01, Jalilah rated it really liked it Shelves: This retelling of Virgil’s Aeneid from Lavina’s point of view is blissfully mythic. You can’t tackle such a project without exploring the constraints placed on women in ancient times, but again, the authors take two very different approaches. Le Guin published twenty-two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards: Lavinia notes that kneeling for supplication is degrading, and the nastier warlords might think the supplicant is offering them a sexual favor.

Etruscans, urskla and Magna Graecia too, of which I have some understanding. I haven’t read any Le Guin before, and I do understand that historical fiction is not her usual genre, but overall, this book is just all right: Lavinua a fleet of Trojan ships sails up the Tiber, Lavinia decides to take her destiny into her own hands.

Le Guin retells the story of Vergil’s The Aeneid from the point of view of th No doubt someone with my name, Lavinia, lw exist, but she may have been so different from my own idea of myself, or my poet’s idea of me, that it only confuses me to think about her.

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