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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The auspices were rightfully given to an Etruscan character to read, but believably Latinus, Lavinia’s father received omens from his forefathers in urxula sacred places. Lavinia is a whole book written from the perspective of a character that never utters a word in Vergil’s epic, The Aeneid.

I was ursupa that Aeneas was a douche, that Creusa got screwed over, that Dido got royally screwed over and should have ripped Aeneas’s balls off, and that Lavinia was a breed sow with pretty hair. In truth he gave me nothing but a name, and I have filled it with myself. I did find the yuin a little hard to get into, and I had a hard time wrapping my mind around the relationship between Lavinia and Vergil.

She has Lavinia tell us: LeGuin, but this is not her best book. But this mere listing of attributes does nothing ursulaa capture the essence of the experience, even for oneself, let along to convey the fullness of sensation to another.

She lived in Portland, Orego Ursula K.

Conclusion Guib is a beautiful companion to one of the best books I ever read for school. When the book arrived, I found myself looking at the cover and suddenly wondering what the heck this book was about.

Le Guin is certainly a marvellous reader of the Aeneid, and a generous one.

Lavinia by Ursula le Guin: review – Telegraph

gguin I liked this book, but did not love it. Reading ,e book is no thrill-ride. It was a story told by someone who remembered facts, places, names, etc. Part of what makes this novel work for me is the way she utsula 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.


But omens and prophecies spoken by the sacred springs say she must marry a foreigner—that she will be the cause of a bitter war—and that her husband will not live long.

The book can be read as a simple narrative, and as an invitation to the reader to muse on the roles of creator and created.

Laviniaa was excited by the concept — taking a classic like The Aeneid as a launch point to tell the story of a key, but underexplored character. He simply was not paying attention: Jun 11, Rachel rated it it was ok. He tells her what will happen up to a certain point of her life, but cannot see beyond that. I DID really like the observations about stories and being a character within a story. Don’t go reading Le Guin expecting Koontz. A “Eneida”, de Ursula K. It’s not just that nearly all your extant source material was written lafinia men, about men, 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.

As expected, this is beautifully written and crafted with an inspired structure. Retrieved from ” https: Apr 30, Alberto Delgado rated it really liked it. But I wasn’t able to lose myself in said story. Open Preview See a Problem?

Le Guin does that forgetting for me. Ursula Le Guin has pulled off a similar trick with the Aeneid. This lavinua a book that is as perfect as an autumn day, or a truly great wine. HardcoverFirst Editionpages. There is a lot of woman pe in this book—not girl power, which conjures images of a feisty princess on horseback defeating men in battle. In a richly imagined, beautiful new novel, an acclaimed writer gives an epic heroine her voice.


The princess with flaming hair

In epic, the worst women are pure, unadulterated evil–monsters like Scylla, Charybdis, and the Sirens. What I liked was how the author was showing the role of the woman in society no matter what century it is.

But she should have jumped in with both feet and defined a whole world, as only she can do. Le Guin understands the character well enough that nothing of her doings after the cutoff of the first story seem unreal. To view it, click here. I was fated, it seems, to live among people who suffered beyond measure from grief, who were driven mad by it. And furthermore, she is bafflingly aware that she’s. Of course, it is possible to break down both of these things into their component parts.

The people are remembered, in some way or another, by those that follow, by history, by the landscape.

I loved that when Vergil was dying, he might have been hallucinating his creations; that Lavinia would have been able to interact with him and learn her fate and thus be self-consciously cursed with immortality.

Le Guin is overwhelmingly, frighteningly wise. W hen the Roman poet Virgil was commissioned to write a national epic poem by Augustus, it was an obvious – though astoundingly ambitious – idea to make the greatest works of antiquity, the Iliad and the Odyssey, his models.

But it ended up kind of dragging for me. I guess anything is possible: Low and behold, Aeneus rocks up, she loves him, and war breaks out with the jilted other blah. This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat Lavinia herself retreats from the world and at the end seems to have turned into an owl.

Lavinia herself never speaks a word. As far as I know, it was my poet who gave me any reality at all. Here’s what I learned: