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 gave this book four stars for its credible evocation of a very different time and place; for the feeling it gave of research thoroughly done but applied with a light hand; and most of all for the beauty of Le Guin’s prose. In fact, had she focused on the 3 years that Lavinia and Aeneas were together, and made that the whole novel, she could have created near-unbearable tension as we build up to Aeneas’ death. When the book arrived, I found myself looking at the cover and suddenly wondering what the heck this book was about.

About halfway through, the book goes past the point where the original poem ended, but the transition is seamless. I especially found the duties depicted, the rituals so natural and comforting. As she grew 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. She laments war, but unlike some she does not condemn men for it, and nor does she absolve women of guilt for it.

A Comedy of Justice by Robert A. It seems Lavinia only exists in the context of the poem, and through her conversations with the poet, she is self-aware of her own textuality. Jul 25, Laila rated it really liked it. Not a refutation, or an attack, but merely another side of part of the story. This seems realistic rather than overtly feminist in that she doesn’t have whole-sale 21st Century Western liberal attitudes; she’s not agitating to abolish slavery and create a democracy, just responding in a believable manner to the situation she finds herself in – unable to choose her own husband.

Amata and her acolytes get raging drunk for their festival on the mountain, and it causes them to act mad. They have much of the same strength, patience, and devotion to duty. I was wondering how I managed not to have any knowledge of Latium, honestly, I was disappointed in myself, and was relieved to read in the Afterword that there is indeed little to no record of the original Latins. And more time with Aeneas! The utterly convincing world that Le Guin creates, in her crisp, delicately flavoured, perfectly unfussed prose, is a homespun one.


Lavinia by Ursula le Guin: review

Slightly less evil are those who use their sexual wiles to distract men from their noble purposes–Circe, Calypso, Dido. Lists with This Book. This was no doing of the poet’s. A side as compelling, powerful, and insightful as the original itself. In any case, the days roll on, spring turns to summer turns to autumn turns to winter turns to spring again. Lavinia 4 9 Jul 27, I am a classic history buff, which this novel has loads of, but it still couldn’t grip my interest.

Le Guin understands people like few can. Lavinia knew her fate and her obligations and she accepted them she only protests when her mother tries to undermine prophecy.

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.

Feb 01, Susana rated it really liked it Shelves: I believe Le Guin should’ve disposed of the weird elements that ursulz the story hard to digest as regards plausibility and made it difficult to be taken more seriously, namely: Often, they are the same.

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I understand and appreciate a concept of pietas that is completely different from the kind of piety or rightness I seek in my own life, in a way that I was never able to understand it when I was reading the actual Aeneid. It wasn’t a kind of book saying women are better, they should rule the world, ursulaa bla bla As delightful as it is to see Virgil’s epic through an Italian princess’s more frank and sensible perspective, it’s a tragic and brief part of Lavinia’s story, both as a person and as a character in a seemingly immortal piece of literature.

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She has Lavinia tell us: Is Virgil hallucinating or something like that? View all 3 comments. A “Eneida”, de Ursula K.

But it also does deserve credit for the overall period accuracy, as accurate as a novel about basically purely legendary characters from a time that’s too remote has to have clear records can be. You can’t tackle such a project without exploring the constraints placed on women in ancient times, but again, the a It’s interesting to contrast this with Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad.

Mar 01, Adrienne rated it really liked it. I don’t read a lot of YA books and can’t say for sure if they are similar to this book, but during the reading I was thinking – this is how YA should be: The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends.

Le Guin makes Virgil a key character in the novel, a ghostly and wise observer whom only Lavinia, a shrewd and spiritually-minded girl, can see. Figures and motives barely sketched by Virgil are succinctly fleshed out: Earthsea miniseries Tales from Earthsea film He is loved by Lavinia anyway.

Reading this book is no thrill-ride. Both of them creations of Le Guin. This is really the element of this story that I will Is it possible that Ursula K. This idea is ratcheted up by Le Guin herself interacting with both Vergil and Lavinia, and in a way, this drew me, as the reader, further into the story.

Le Guin retells the story of Vergil’s The Aeneid from the point of view of the hero’s third wife; a character so minor in the poet’s rendering — despite apparently being the matriarch of all Lavvinia — ugsula her own history warranted but a few lines and no dialogue at all. She caused hers by letting men who wanted her take her. And “good” women are those who simply shut the fuck up, bear legitimate children, and get out of the way–Andromache, Penelope, Creusa.

Uneven, but not unenjoyable; urslua and a half stars if I could.