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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I laviniia liked the beginning of this! The late great Ursula LeGuin 3 11 Jan 29, Unquestionably worth the read. He simply was not paying attention: An uneven reading experience, but one I’m glad I had for its addition to my understanding of classical myths. Low and behold, Aeneus rocks up, she loves him, and war breaks out with the jilted other blah.

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Gun Tributes to Ursula Lavnia. Her achievement is to complement the original epic so distinctively, as if in a dialogue or dance with the poet who inspired her. I guess I should say, I kept waiting for the climax, and it never happened.

And the pace wasn’t great for me. Instead, the story keeps nervously I’m a huge fan of Ursula K. This is a fine piece of work, and a pleasure to read. As she ureula up, Lavinia’s main duties involved pagan rituals within the home, and in this role, she sometimes accompanied her father to an oracle in the woods. The entire story is told by Lavinia herself, a decision that allows LeGuin to really get into her protagonists mind, and produce a very different, interesting, and very real vision of a part of the Aeneid that Virgil did not get to.

The transitions between those phases is el narrated. Ok, updating and rating 4 stars! She takes no liberties with “Aeneid” as it stands- the story is familiar from the point that Aeneas enters the scene to the time that Turnus departs it.


LeGuin seems to have a real affection for her characters, and that makes for a warmer, more humane book. She has all along regarded the world she lives in as unreal, a product of Virgil’s imagination. The Hainish Cycle reflects the anthropologist’s experience of immersing themselves in new strange cultures since most of their main characters and narrators Le Guin favoured the first person narration are envoys from a humanitarian organization, the Ekumen, sent to investigate or ally themselves with the people of a different world and learn their ways.

Recommended for adults and mature teens who love the Great Books. Reprinted with the kind permission of the author and of Death Ray magazine. In other words, hers was a story that benefited greatly from being told with care and respect.

She caused hers by letting men who wanted her take her. Gujn you already know your Virgil, you may find Le Guin sending you back for a fresh look. But the supernatural remains palpable. Like Spartan Helen, I caused a war.

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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. As much as I tried, I could not remember the character of Lavinia from my previous readings of the Aeneid in the slightest the best I could do was to temporarily confuse her with Dido.

I don’t blame Vergil for barely mentioning Lavinia — she might well have been lost to history if he never named her; if she even was an actual historical figure — but I do appreciate Le Guin’s attempt to breathe some life into her narrative.

It’s not just that nearly all your extant source material was written by 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.


There aren’t many who’d dare undertake writing about the likes of Aeneas in his post-Troy times, when he goes to found a new city in Latium and marries a local girl, Lavinia, the one barely mentioned by Virgil and overshadowed by the more exotic Dido of Carthage that’s given a voice here. We are so grateful. It is a hideous shock when war strikes this gentle, pacific society. Le Guin era una de mis autoras pendientes de leer por ser de esas escritoras de las que solo leo buenas criticas.

Her older, wiser, voice as a narrator comes from not from an old woman, but from her story. A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. I was silent then, tearless, and only intent on making her poor soiled body decent. Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from October All articles that may contain original research Articles that may contain original research from October Lavinia, daughter of the king of the Latins of Laurentumis sought after by neighbouring kings, but knows she is destined to marry a stranger.

It takes a poet to do that.

What is good about an autumn day? This is really the element of this story that I will take with me:

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