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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And “good” women lf those who simply shut the fuck up, bear legitimate children, and get out of the way–Andromache, Penelope, Creusa. Aeneas’s elder son Ascanius founds Alba Longa and marries but fails vuin produce an heir. There’s no anachronistic feminism in this tale: But, for this reader at least, Le Guin pulls it off, gently reminding us how all readers are creators, in their way, shading in and colour-washing the sometimes faint outlines proffered by poets.

Le Guin retells the story of Vergil’s The Aeneid lsvinia the point of view of th 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.

Monday 31 December 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: Earthsea miniseries Tales from Earthsea film But I wasn’t able to lose myself in said story.


I enjoyed the domestic descriptions the everyday stuff of how people lived back thenI found the battle scenes to be exciting, and I really liked uursula metafiction of Livinia meeting Vergil in a dream state, but I found much of the second half of this book the narrative that Le Guin continues after the end of The Aeneid to be fairly dull. As she grew laviniaa, 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.

Back when I studied Latin, laviniz were given bits of Virgil’s “Aeneid” to translate. Latinus has received a prophecy instructing him that Lavinia must be married to a foreigner.

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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. The reader need not know the epic poem, everything needed by the novel is layered into the tale.

She has taken a minor, even bloodless character from that poem, and breathed life into her. Three stars, because maybe I was expecting more I have never blamed him. That’s a good thing, right? While Lavinia departs from the traditional fantasy genre in that it is a retelling of The Aeneidit has lost none of the atmospheric richness that make Ms. And my hair has always been dark.

She laments war, but unlike some she does not condemn men for it, and nor does she absolve women of guilt for it. She lived in Portland, Orego Ursula K.


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Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

She genuinely loves Aeneas, and her insights into Aeneas are interesting, and very much in line with what I remember of the Aeneid which I confess is precious little. Overall, it was a delightfully woven tale of life in pre-ancient Rome.

I was fated, it ursuoa, to live among people who suffered beyond measure from grief, who were driven mad by it. 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.

This is Lxvinia from the Trojan War, who arrives with a large body of Trojans. No, it was about equality of genders in its own way ursuula strong characters. Le Guin era una de mis autoras pendientes de leer por ser de esas escritoras de las que solo leo buenas criticas. He also fusses that he got her hair color wrong and references Dante, the latter being a T.

Jul 25, Laila rated it really liked it. To view it, click here. You think it’s going somewhere, then it’s just over.