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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Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

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After we have gone, all that is left of an individual is a story — maybe that is enough. The entire story alvinia told by Lavinia herself, a decision that allows LeGuin to really get into her protagonists mind, and produce a very different, interesting, and very real vision of a part of the Aeneid that Virgil did not get to.

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Lavinia by Ursula le Guin: review

Lavinia no spoilers 26 24 Dec 28, My mother was mad, but I was not. 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.

Jun 11, Rachel rated it it was ok.

The transitions between those phases is beautifully narrated. Often, they are the same. Le Guin makes Virgil a key character in the novel, a ghostly and wise observer whom only Lavinia, a shrewd and spiritually-minded girl, can see.

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. We are so grateful. Le Guin, a doyen of fantasy who has steeped herself in myth and history, is adept at the telling detail.


A festival is described where the old women sing ditties about male and female private parts—none of the songs are in any part written down. Le Guin does that forgetting for me. 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 ,avinia husband and who also rebels – and is also el into a owl after the fighting is over.

Her Lavinia who is curiously aware of her meta-fictional existence is very, well, ancient Roman.

As much as I tried, I could not remember the character of Lavinia from my previous readings of the Aeneid in the slightest the best I could do was to temporarily confuse her with Dido.

Lavinia by Ursula le Guin: Aeneas’s most striking moment in the Iliad involves his being magically whisked away to safety by his mother, the goddess Aphrodite, from a sticky moment on the battlefield – not a particularly edifying episode. Instead, the story keeps nervously I’m a huge fan of Ursula K. I did find the book a little hard to get into, and I had a gukn time wrapping my mind around the relationship between Lavinia and Vergil.

Those gin belonged to Amazons and huntresses; queens and future queens had a different calling. Understandably, the poet has lost his temporal bearings: Slightly less evil are those who use their sexual wiles to distract men from their noble purposes–Circe, Calypso, Dido.

But it ended up kind of dragging for me. It’s a brilliant concept; she takes a character mentioned in passing in Virgil’s Aeneid, the wife of Aeneas, and creates a story around her.

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LeGuin and Atwood are both stellar writers, but I enjoyed Lavinia vastly more. Lavinia was refreshing and ultimately, uplifting. It is a book of bittersweet sorrows, of shared joys.

I may acknowledge the fact that Aeneas was the model of pietas for his time and place, but in the here and now he’d be a douche, and I just can’t forget that. Dec 01, Jalilah rated it really liked it Shelves: She lived in Portland, Oregon. The Hainish Cycle reflects the anthropologist’s experience of immersing themselves in new strange cultures since most of their main characters and narrators Le Guin favoured the first person narration are envoys from a humanitarian organization, the Ekumen, sent to investigate or ally themselves with the people of a different world and learn their ways.


Interestingly, almost in an existential awareness of her self as a character in the epic. I have no idea. She is strong, but conscious of her duty. She genuinely loves Aeneas, and her insights into Aeneas are interesting, and very much in line with what I remember of the Aeneid which I confess is precious little. HardcoverFirst Editionpages.

Amata and her acolytes get raging drunk for their festival on the mountain, and it causes them to act mad. Three stars, because maybe I was expecting more Feb 01, Susana rated it really liked it Shelves: I thought it might just be a book I fell in love with. White Lainia moment that had me howling. You can’t tackle such a project without exploring the constraints placed on women in ancient times, but again, the a It’s interesting to contrast this with Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad.

What I liked was how the author was showing the role of the woman in society no matter what century it is. The reader need not know the epic poem, everything needed by the novel is layered into the tale. He marries Lavinia, daughter of the King Latinus, and his heirs go on to found Rome.

The late Ursula K. It’s not just that nearly all your extant source material was written by men, about ,avinia, for men, it’s also that Greek and Roman culture, particularly the culture portrayed in the great epics the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid is brutally testosterone-fueled and flagrantly anti-woman.