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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Her Lavinia reminded me quite a lot of Tenar, who is one of my favourites of Le Guin’s creations.

Lavinia no spoilers 26 24 Dec 28, As expected, this is beautifully written and crafted with an inspired structure. And yet without him would I even have a name? In other words, hers was a story that benefited greatly from being told with care and respect. The late great Ursula LeGuin 3 11 Jan 29, Don’t go reading Le Guin expecting Koontz. Even though it had passion, war, bloodshed, royal intrigue, suicide, I found it boring and it was difficult for me to convince myself to continue reading it.

My poor teacher tried again and again to calm me down, to remind me of the historical context and cultural differences that should have been informing my reading of the poem, to point out the elegance of the scansion or the cleverness of various poetic devices, but I just didn’t buy it.

Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

Open Preview See a Problem? I enjoyed reading about the ancient Latin spirituality. They have much of the same strength, patience, and devotion to duty. Though I suffered grief, I was doomed to sanity. LeGuin and Atwood are both stellar writers, but I enjoyed Lavinia vastly more. What I liked was how the author was showing the role of the woman in society no matter what century it gun.


No doubt someone with my name, Lavinia, did exist, but she may have been so different from my own idea of myself, or my poet’s idea of me, that it only confuses me to think about her.

Lavinia by Ursula le Guin: review – Telegraph

The whole thing has a cursory feel, like the treatment for a novel in places. The tale is told from the pers Ursula K. To ask other readers questions about Laviniaplease sign up.

She also explains that her work is a translation of the last six books of the Aeneid into prose. That Priam’s nephew Aeneas of Troy had anything at all to do with the founding of Rome is pure legend, a lvainia deal of it invented by Virgil himself”. In Le Guin’s Lavinia, by contrast, the princess of Laurentum takes centre stage. And “good” women are those who simply shut the fuck up, bear legitimate children, and get out of the way–Andromache, Penelope, Creusa.

Le Guin, a doyen of fantasy who has steeped herself in myth and history, is adept at the telling detail. She laments war, but unlike some she does not condemn men for it, and nor does she absolve women of guilt for it.

He is a killer. They found a new city called Laviniumbut Aeneas is killed after three years. 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. How simple would it be to tell a story lacinia how the men screwed everything up, and the women were doing everything right?

Lavinia carries an air of pensive sorrow for a life run out, while encouraging celebration and an acceptance of those parts that do not bear celebration.


I actually like this Lf. Her Lavinia who is curiously aware of her meta-fictional existence is very, well, ancient Roman.

She has only a handful of appearances: Return to Book Page. Stories have been pouring out of Le Guin these last few years, as if the ripeness of her words must be shared. Most important is she made the character Lavinia, who in the historical epic poem Aeneid by Vergil is only briefly mentioned, a very real and likeable person for me.

But overall, I found it an extremely enjoyable and readable story that left me with warm fuzzies inside.

But it ended up kind of dragging for me. Again, I enjoyed the quotidian detail, the battles and history, but despite Krsula himself writing that Lavinia retreats to the forest to raise their son after Aeneas’ death Born in the covert of a shady wood: The writing is powerful, the story incredible, and the characters both exotic and approachable.

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A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. The backdrop of pre-Roman Italy is rich in its details. Lavinia is presented as an ideal female: A Storm of Swords by George R. It may actually motivate me to reread the Latin Aeneid sometime soon-ish if I can find my old bookand to not be full of fiery rage when I do.

We are so grateful. Often, they are the same.

Apr 30, Alberto Delgado rated it really liked it. I have no idea.

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