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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In LaviniaUrsula K. I really liked the beginning of this! Stories have been pouring out of Le Guin these last few years, as if the ripeness of her words must be shared. The beautiful young princess of Latium one of many petty kingdoms in the mythic age of pre-Roman Italyshe was betrothed to the warlord Turnus, but an oracle told her father that her rightful husband was in fact Aeneas, the last scion of the royal house of Troy, who had just landed on their shores.

Lavinia First edition cover. The book is based on the last six books, or the Iliadic half, of the Aeneid. In Le Guin’s Lavinia, by contrast, the princess of Laurentum takes centre stage.

Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

The auspices were rightfully given to an Etruscan character to read, but believably Latinus, Lavinia’s father received omens from his forefathers in the sacred places. I often prefer ancient world to medieval fantasy, because people in the ancient world experienced life through a mythic mindset, or so I believe.


I did find the book a little hard to get into, and I had a hard time wrapping my mind around the relationship between Lavinia and Vergil.

There’s no anachronistic feminism in this tale: And the pace wasn’t great for me. 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

They have much of the same strength, patience, and devotion to duty. Lavinia, by Ursula K. Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles. I understand and appreciate a concept of pietas that is completely different from the lacinia 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.

The Trojan War was fought in the thirteenth century B.

And my hair has always been dark. Having now read “Aeneid” in its translated entirety, I can’t really fault myself for not remembering Lavinia. Tao Te Ching Steering the Craft She lived in Portland, Oregon.

She has taken a minor, even bloodless character from that poem, and breathed life into her. She is strong, but conscious of her duty. This novel is not meant to be history.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is a story narrated by the story itself. 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. A collection of the best contributions and reports from the Telegraph focussing on the key events, decisions and moments in Churchill’s life.


Tehanu by Ursula K. I absorbed enough to ace the AP test, but the Aeneid left a bad taste in my mouth. War breaks out between the rival parties, ending only with the pitiless slaughter of the defeated Turnus by Aeneas.

It’s a brilliant concept; she takes a character mentioned in passing in Virgil’s Aeneid, the wife of Aeneas, and creates a story around her.

Jul 22, Jake rated it it was amazing Recommended to Jake by: If you already know your Virgil, you may find Le Guin sending you back for a fresh look. Retrieved from ” https: Instead, the story keeps nervously I’m a huge fan of Ursula K.

Jun 02, Katie rated it liked it Shelves: A complete edition of John James Audubon’s lacinia famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. Latinus has received a prophecy instructing him that Lavinia must be married to a foreigner.