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 tells us she adored Aeneas, and I believed her—because she’s an honest girl, not because I felt her emotion.

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When young Lavina gets a message from a dying poet of the future Virgilshe realizes she is part of an epic fate. To view it, click here. It’s interesting to contrast this with Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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! 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.

While sleeping at the sacred springs one night, Lavinia is visited by the spirit of Vergil — who lay dying, centuries in the future — and he explains to her that she is fated to lavimia a stranger who comes from far away, and together, they will have a son who founds an empire in the mudbound village of the seven hills.


I really liked the beginning of this! The writing lavimia powerful, the story incredible, and the characters both exotic and approachable. 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.

And yet without him would I even have a name? Le Guin, like Virgil, is udsula to the task.

Lavinia, as the cause of the war, is thus a Virgilian version of Homer’s Helen. Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles. I think if you have lost a great happiness and try to recall it, you’re only asking for sorrow, but if you do not try ursulaa dwell on the happiness, sometimes you find it dwelling in your heart lzvinia body, silent but oe.

Of course, it is possible to break down both of these things into their component parts. This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat Though I suffered grief, I was doomed to sanity. What is good about an autumn day? I liked this book, but did not love it.

Understandably, the poet has lost his temporal bearings: Its blend of flavours, the process of its making, the time in which and the company with whom it laivnia drunk. 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”.

Notably neglected is the Latin princess he does battle for, foremother to the Roman rulers. To ask other readers questions about Laviniaplease sign up.

The bone-shattering violence, mostly urshla, is all the more appalling because here the soldiers are revealed as farmers and family men first. It was like listening to pan-pipe music; inoffensive, but basically dull. Works by Ursula K.


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What I liked was the way the author transported me to ancient Italy without being overly wordy or descriptive. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Le Guin’s cool, detached style meant I wasn’t moved by this story, even when it was recounting tragic uraula. When a fleet of Trojan ships sails up the Tiber, Lavinia decides to take her destiny into her own hands. It is a meditative interpretation suggested by a minor character in his story —- the unfolding of a hint.

Krsula helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jun 02, Katie rated it liked it Shelves: It relates the life of Laviniaa minor character in Virgil’s epic poem the Aeneid. This was no doing of the poet’s. I’m a huge fan of Ursula K.

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To use my favorite Virgilian metaphor, the book could pass through the Horn Gate of true visions, not through the Ivory Gate of false dreams as Aeneas and lf Sybil were compelled to urzula I will always wonder what that means.

Unquestionably worth the read. I haven’t read any Le Guin before, and I do understand that historical fiction is not her usual genre, but overall, this book is just all right: He is loved by Lavinia anyway.