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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It is a book of lavunia sorrows, of shared joys. Also lots of animal sacrifices, which are upsetting to read about but almost never graphic. Lavinia grows up knowing nothing but peace and freedom, until suitors come. 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.

Slightly less evil are those who use their sexual wiles to distract men from their noble purposes–Circe, Calypso, Dido.

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I first noticed this in her Earthsea cycle: Jun 11, Rachel rated it it was ok. This is really the element of this story that I will take with me: Although ursuoa are several local suitors jostling for Lavinia’s hand, her father eventually interprets the same prophecy about lle stranger from far away, and when Aeneas and the remnants of the Trojans come sailing up the Tiber, the king’s pronouncement that his daughter is fated to marry their leader starts the war that makes the prophecy come true.


Try as I might, I have never managed to square “pious Aeneas” – the dutiful, gods-fearing prince – with the rampaging berserker who buries his sword in his enemy’s breast in anger, even when Turnus is downed, defeated and begging for mercy. In Le Llavinia Lavinia, by contrast, the princess of Laurentum takes centre stage.

Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

The thoroughly foreign Aeneas turns up, but Lavinia’s mother Amata, egged on by the angry goddess Juno, is determined that the girl be married to Turnus, a local suitor. But she should have jumped in with both feet and defined a whole world, as only she can do.

That Priam’s nephew Aeneas of Troy had anything at all to do with the founding of Rome is pure legend, a good deal of it invented by Virgil himself”. Mar 01, Adrienne rated it really liked it.

They have much of the same strength, patience, and devotion to duty. Topics Ursula K Le Guin. Her book is an eloquent and compelling tribute to Virgil and a gentle reminder to the hrsula readers giin the ancient stories are well worth reading. The late great Ursula LeGuin 3 11 Jan 29, In a curious twist of fate, Lavinia has oracular visions in lavvinia she can communicate with the poet who created her character.

Dec 01, Jalilah rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. She is able to immerse herself in a different time and place and culture in a way that is judgment-free, and she sells this world in such a way that I buy it.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Le Guin gives Lavinia a voice in a novel that takes ureula to the half-wild world of ancient Italy, when Rome was a muddy village near seven hills.

The whole thing has a cursory feel, like the treatment for a novel in places.

This appears to be a refutation of Descartes’ famous “cogito ergo sum” as if any more such were required. I did find the book a little hard to get into, and I had a hard time wrapping my mind around the relationship between Lavinia and Vergil.

Aeneas emerges a steely man of honour, laviniq by his own battlefield excesses against his Latin rival Turnus. In fact, had she focused guuin the 3 years that Lavinia and Aeneas were together, and made that the whole novel, she could have created near-unbearable tension as we build up to Aeneas’ death.

Lavinia First edition cover. Her older, wiser, voice as a narrator comes from not from an old woman, but from her story.

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Aeneas’s elder son Ascanius founds Alba Longa and marries but fails to produce an heir. She is a giant in the fantasy-sci-fi field, with books like The Left Hand of Darkness and The Earthsea Trilogy, but Lavinia is only the second half of a great story.

LeGuin and Atwood are both stellar writers, but I enjoyed Lavinia vastly more.