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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In her afterward, Ms. I especially found the duties depicted, the rituals so natural and comforting. But there was very little plot. She takes no liberties with “Aeneid” as it laviniia the story is familiar from the point that Aeneas enters the scene to the time that Turnus departs it.
Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. There is a lot of woman power in this book—not girl power, which conjures images of a feisty princess on horseback defeating men in battle.
You think it’s going somewhere, then it’s just over. Lavinia is a delightful heroine: I enjoyed the domestic descriptions gui everyday stuff of how people lived back thenI found the battle scenes to be exciting, and I really liked the metafiction of Livinia meeting Vergil in a dream state, but I found much of the second half of this book the narrative that Le Guin continues after the end of The Aeneid to be fairly dull.
The reader need not know the epic poem, everything needed by the novel is layered into the tale. Apr 30, Alberto Delgado rated it really liked it.
He also fusses that he got her hair color wrong and references Dante, the latter being a T.
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Le Guin is overwhelmingly, frighteningly wise. This appears to be a refutation of Descartes’ famous “cogito ergo sum” as if any more such were required. Le Guin hits it out of the park, as always, with Lavinia. Accessibility links Ursupa to article Skip to navigation. This character was a sweet little boy in the Aeneidand this interpretation is almost unrecognizable—but necessary for the story.
I know that he said I raved, and tore my golden tresses at my mother’s death. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Of course, it is possible to break down both of these things into their component parts. Lavinia is a book of passion and war, generous and austerely beautiful, from a writer working at the height of her powers.
Topics Ursula K Le Guin. In truth he gave me nothing but a name, lavinoa I have filled it with myself. Figures and motives barely sketched by Virgil are succinctly fleshed out: But bear in mind that this is not a kind of YA only YA readers would read.
All very low probabilities. She is incidental to the grand plot of wars, gods, heroes and destinies. At the end, Lavinia is transformed into an owl; this immediately made me think of Blodauwedd from the Mabinogion, who also is the creation of another a magician, not a poet and unable to choose her own husband and who also rebels – and is also transformed into a owl after the fighting is over.
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Lavinia by Ursula le Guin: review
War breaks out between the rival parties, ending only with the pitiless slaughter of the defeated Turnus by Aeneas. But I wasn’t able to lose myself in said story.
I gave this book four stars for its credible evocation of a very different time and place; for the feeling it gave of research thoroughly done but applied with a light hand; and most of all for the beauty of Le Guin’s prose.
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It takes a poet to do that. I can see why this won the Locus award for the best ,avinia novel of the year. This book is something of a metaphysical head-scratcher; it is the first person narrative of the life of a woman who knows she isn’t real!
Instead, we get a summary of her life, a nod to Aeneas, and an even quicker summary of her life after. Most important is she made the character Lavinia, who in the historical epic poem Aeneid by Vergil is only briefly mentioned, a very real and likeable person for me.
Now, rescued lzvinia near-oblivion by Ursula le Guin, Lavinia gives her side of the story. Dec 01, Jalilah rated it really liked it Shelves: Like you could say the Australian aboriginal dreamtime was real, because those people used it to navigate their world, the mythic world of Vesta, Juno, and Mars was real because the Latins’ mental model of the world revolved around them.
Feb 01, Susana rated it really liked it Shelves: Monday 31 December The poet died with his work incomplete; he asked for his work to be burned, and he was not obeyed.
Virgil, on the other hand, gave him a whole book poem, detailing his thrilling journey across the Mediterranean from the ashes of Troy to his new home, and the bloody conflict that breaks loose in Italy, where he founds a colony. Lavinia knew her fate and her obligations and she accepted them she only protests when her mother tries to undermine prophecy. Lists with This Book. I loved this book for its wisdom and its tenderness and for the spare, elegant richness of its language.
It is not a book about great deeds, or turning points or moments; it is about the persistence of life, the passage of time, the sowing of crops, the sorrow of mothers for sons killed, of disagreements and reconciliations. Lavinia rebels against her own powerlessness, however.
Him fair Lavinia, thy surviving wife, Shall breed in groves, to lead a solitary lifewhat Le Guin makes of these years was quite dull to me.
I was catching myself sometimes with thoughts understanding that I had just read about a page or two mechanically.