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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This is a fine piece of work, and a pleasure to read.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please ke up. Jul 25, Laila rated it gun liked it. And yet without him would I even have a name? But it is very much to Le Guin’s credit that her Lavinia never strikes a false note.

I loved this book for its wisdom and its tenderness and for the spare, elegant richness of its language. The transitions between those phases is beautifully narrated. Underwhelmed is ursyla key word. More from the web. The Silmarillion by J. Tehanu by Ursula K. Some may find Le Guin’s world a little artificial: Notably neglected is the Latin princess he does battle for, foremother to the Roman rulers.

Available from Telegraph Books LeGuin and Atwood are both stellar writers, but I enjoyed Lavinia vastly more.

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Throughout the novel, Lavinia holds conversations with “the poet,” the shade of a dying Virgil. Understandably, the poet has lost his temporal bearings: Tolkien Harpist in the Wind by Patricia A. I am a guim history buff, which this novel has loads of, but it still couldn’t grip my interest. Wonderful idea, not quite a book. Lee tale is told from the pers Ursula K.


We are so grateful. Le Guin’s simpler version feels much more authentic and relatable. I’m a huge fan of Ursula K. Actually, the writing was a little difficult. She also explains that her work is a translation of the last six books of the Aeneid into prose. This retelling of Virgil’s Aeneid from Lavina’s point of view is blissfully mythic. 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’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.

This is a book that is as perfect as an autumn day, or a truly great wine. Aeneas’s elder son Ascanius founds Alba Longa and marries but fails to produce an heir. HardcoverFirst Editionpages. I know that he gave me nothing but modest blushes, and no character at all.

Feb 01, Susana rated it really liked it Shelves: He marries Lavinia, daughter of the King Latinus, and his heirs go on to found Rome. To view it, click here. There are some nice metafic touches with Lavinia talking direct to the reader and chatting with the ghost of Virgil, but not enough to stop my eyes sliding off the page. The people are remembered, in some way or another, by those that follow, by history, gkin the landscape.

Lavinia by Ursula le Guin: review

All very low probabilities. Now, rescued from near-oblivion by Ursula le Guin, Lavinia gives her side of the story. She has all along regarded the world ureula lives in as unreal, a product of Virgil’s imagination. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I liked this book, but did not love it. Le Guin understands the character well enough that nothing of her doings after the cutoff of the first story seem unreal.


My guilt at my poor powers of memory was a bit assuaged when, after some checking, I realized that Lavinia only barely appears within ursua Aeneid, and never speaks at all. It’s interesting to contrast this with Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad. She has taken a minor, even bloodless character from that poem, and breathed life into her.

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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Award Honor List 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 ghin way, the novel forms a relationship to the original it yuin in the matters of its plot and through the ways that Lavinia’s character relates to the poet and his poem. If laginia already know your Virgil, you may find Le Guin sending you back for a fresh look. I really like and identify with this Lavinia, and I support her choices, whereas in the Aeneid I simply pitied her for not having any choices.

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Comparing these two books is like comparing chalk and cheese but far more extreme, like comparing chalk and cybernetic A. Reading this book is no thrill-ride. Apr 15, Lyn rated it liked it.