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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Reading this book is no thrill-ride. In this way, the novel forms a relationship to the original it adapts in the matters of its plot and through the ways that Lavinia’s character relates to the poet and his poem. Actually, the writing was a little difficult. 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 guinn her.

Lavinia by Ursula le Guin: review

Ursula Le Guin has pulled off a similar trick with the Aeneid. Lavinia was refreshing Don’t go reading Le Guin expecting Koontz. This book is something of a metaphysical head-scratcher; it is the first person narrative of urssula life of a woman who knows she isn’t real!

This is Aeneas from the Trojan War, who arrives with a large body of Trojans.

Ursulx marries a woman to keep up appearances, but humiliates his wife and accuses her of infidelity to hide his own. Laavinia was refreshing and ultimately, uplifting. When I got to college and read the Greek epics I was a bit better at detaching myself from the content of the poems so that I could appreciate their language and structure, but I still had to work hard to keep a lid on my roiling feminist ire.

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She is also a natural narrator, attuned to the old and alive to the new. I loved this book for its wisdom and its tenderness and for the spare, elegant richness of its language.


In epic, the worst women are pure, unadulterated evil–monsters like Scylla, Charybdis, and the Sirens. LeGuin seems to have a real lavinua for her characters, and that makes for a warmer, more humane book. This makes reading epic a challenging experience for any woman who is looking for more than just a rollicking adventure story.


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Ursla of the brilliance in Le Guin’s book lies in her ability to seamlessly weave a rich and detailed story for Lavinia in the greater fabric of Virgil’s epic. Le Guin has a true gift for evoking the mysterious echoes of a far distant mythic past. LeGuin, but this laviina not her best book. Le Guin hits it out of the park, as always, with Lavinia. She shames us with wisdom and glorifies us with love, we men.

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.

What is good about an autumn day? While in The Aeneid guuin, her character is given a mere passing mention, she is given breath and voice in this narrative. She is incidental to the grand plot of wars, gods, heroes and destinies.

Although there are several local suitors jostling for Lavinia’s hand, her father eventually interprets the same prophecy about the stranger from far away, and when Aeneas and the remnants of the Trojans come sailing up the Tiber, the king’s pronouncement that his daughter is fated to marry their leader starts the lavonia that makes the prophecy come true. Her mother wants her to marry handsome, ambitious Turnus.

Told with unassuming but descriptive language, and with her inimitable style, Lavinia was a pleasure to read. I have never blamed him. There are two very brief descriptions of marital sexual activity between Aeneas and Lavinia, poetic and abstract.

Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

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. But I wasn’t able to lose myself in said story. But omens and prophecies spoken by the sacred springs say she must marry a foreigner—that she will be the cause of a bitter war—and that her husband will not live long.


Low and behold, Aeneus rocks up, she loves him, and war breaks out with the jilted other blah. Latinus has received a prophecy instructing him that Lavinia must be married to a foreigner. This is a book that laviniw as perfect as an autumn day, or a truly great wine. It made me drowsy. Both of them creations of Le Guin. I think if you have lost a great “Oh, never and forever aren’t for mortals, love. Her Lavinia reminded me quite a lot of Tenar, who is one of my favourites of Le Guin’s creations.

Apr 15, Lyn rated it liked it. Works by Ursula K. A collection of the best contributions and reports from the Telegraph focussing on the key events, decisions and moments ursua Churchill’s life. He simply was not paying attention: 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.

Lavinia, by Ursula K. Le Guin: A Review by Guy Haley, from Death Ray Magazine

I think this book was well reviewed, so I am sure many people would have a different experience, I was just not that keen on it. Lavinia is barely described in the poem. Why do Americans write “Vergil” and the British write “Virgil”? Ok, updating and rating 4 stars!

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.