Lavinia (2020)

Lavinia Ursula K. Le Guin Lavinia In a richly imagined beautiful new novel an acclaimed writer gives an epic heroine her voice In The Aeneid Virgil s hero fights to claim the king s daughter Lavinia with whom he is destined to fo
  • Title: Lavinia
  • Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • ISBN: 9780151014248
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Hardcover
Lavinia Ursula K. Le Guin In a richly imagined, beautiful new novel, an acclaimed writer gives an epic heroine her voice In The Aeneid, Virgil 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, Ursula K Le Guin gives Lavinia a voice in a novel that takes us to the half wild world of ancient Italy, when Rome wIn a richly imagined, beautiful new novel, an acclaimed writer gives an epic heroine her voice In The Aeneid, Virgil 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, Ursula K Le Guin gives Lavinia a voice in a novel that takes us to the half wild world of ancient Italy, when Rome was a muddy village near seven hills Lavinia grows up knowing nothing but peace and freedom, until suitors come Her mother wants her to marry handsome, ambitious Turnus 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 When a fleet of Trojan ships sails up the Tiber, Lavinia decides to take her destiny into her own hands And so she tells us what Vergil did not the story of her life, and of the love of her life.Lavinia is a book of passion and war, generous and austerely beautiful, from a writer working at the height of her powers.
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  1. Lyn

    Is it possible that Ursula K LeGuin can write a bad book I guess anything is possible I could win the lottery, get hit by a meteorite, struck by lightning, etc All very low probabilities.As expected, this is beautifully written and crafted with an inspired structure Telling the story of Lavinia, who in Vergil s great work Aenid, did not speak a word LeGuin describes the princess s story in that of an almost pre historic and pagan setting This is really the element of this story that I will take [...]

  2. Jake

    I am not the feminine voice you may have expected When my father told me that Ursula LeGuin had put out a new novel, I was, as I usually am, ecstatic LeGuin is one of my all time favorite authors, and I can t think of time when she s written something that has somehow failed to engage, entertain, or intrigue me The fact that she was, apparently, riffing off Virgil s Aeneid was just icing on the cake for this poor excuse for a classical studies major.When the book arrived, I found myself looking [...]

  3. Sine

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  4. Rachel

    I thought this book was boring There, I said it 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 I am a classic history buff, which this novel has loads of, but it still couldn t grip my interest The tone of the book was quiet and ghostly, very in the past so I never felt anything immediate It was a story told by someone who remembered facts, places, names, etc and spoke of emotion, but I [...]

  5. Sharon

    It s interesting to contrast this with Margaret Atwood s Penelopiad Both explore one of the Big Classics The Aeneid in LeGuin s case, the Odyssey in Atwood s from a female character s perspective LeGuin and Atwood are both stellar writers, but I enjoyed Lavinia vastly LeGuin seems to have a real affection for her characters, and that makes for a warmer, humane book You can t tackle such a project without exploring the constraints placed on women in ancient times, but again, the authors take tw [...]

  6. Libby

    Back when I studied Latin, we were given bits of Virgil s Aeneid to translate I always found it to be a chore, as poetry is challenging to translate than textbook translating exercises like Roma est in Italia Still, I thought I knew the piece sufficiently until hearing that Ursula Le Guin had written a book about a character from Aeneid but having no idea who Lavinia was Having now read Aeneid in its translated entirety, I can t really fault myself for not remembering Lavinia She has no spoken [...]

  7. Jennie

    Being a lady classicist often requires willful acts of cognitive dissonance 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 In epic, the worst women are pure, unadulterated evil monsters like Scylla, Charybdis, and the Sirens Slightly less evil are those who [...]

  8. Clouds

    Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma which reading list to follow it up with Variety is the spice of life, so I ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously This book falls into my LOCUS FANTASY list.As the Locus Sci Fi Award winners list treated me so kindly, I figure I ll trust those same good folk to pick me some stars in their sister list, the Locus Fantasy Award winners.Having never read any Le Guin before, I was a little unsure abou [...]

  9. Sarah

    The late Ursula K Le Guin hits it out of the park, as always, with Lavinia.Our heroine is the human MacGuffin from the second half of Virgil s Aeneid The beautiful young princess of Latium one of many petty kingdoms in the mythic age of pre Roman Italy , she 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 These being Greco Roman mythological figures, wha [...]

  10. Robert

    Why do Americans write Vergil and the British write Virgil This book is something of a metaphysical head scratcher it is the first person narrative of the life of a woman who knows she isn t real This appears to be a refutation of Descartes famous cogito ergo sum as if any such were required.It s an interesting tale with convincing characters but perhaps too much time spent dwelling on childhood something that LeGuin has done repeatedly in my view LeGuin claims to have been inspired directly by [...]

  11. Nick

    I m a huge fan of Ursula K LeGuin, but this is not her best book She is a giant in the fantasy sci fi field, with books like The Left Hand of Darkness and The Earthsea Trilogy, but Lavinia is only the second half of a great story 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 But she should have jumped in with both feet and defined a whole world, as only she can do Instead, the story keeps nervously retur [...]

  12. Shayne

    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 The lady simply has a way with words.Lavinia never speaks a word in The Aeneid Le Guin gives her a voice She also has Lavinia muse on her own status as the creation of a poet, and the form of limited immortality her incomplete rendering gives her The book can be read as a simpl [...]

  13. Laila

    Le Guin in, Vergilius un epik iiri Aenas n n son 6 cildinden yola karak yazd Lavinia bir solukta okunan, mitolojiye ilgisi olanlarin keyif alaca bir eser Lavinia n olaylar kar ndaki duru u ok etkileyiciydi Ve Le Guin Masals bir dille kaleme alm hikayesini G zeldi, oook g zeldi

  14. Skyeofskynet

    Zdaje si , e powraca stary nawyk ko czenie ksi ek o drugiej w nocy Znak, e czytam dobre rzeczy Nie jest to moja pierwsza styczno z Le Guin nie do ko ca fantastyczn , poniewa taki jest te zbi r opowiada Otwarte przestworza , kt ry uwielbiam i kt rego nie czyta am od kilku lat, definitywnie trzeba to zmieni Niemniej mitologiczna Le Guin jest r wnie dobra Nie pami tam wiele z Eneidy, a przede wszystkim nie pami tam Lawinii Ale w a nie dlatego powsta a ta ksi ka by da g os tej, kt rej g osu nigdy ni [...]

  15. John

    This retelling of Virgil s Aeneid from Lavina s point of view is blissfully mythic I often prefer ancient world to medieval fantasy, because people in the ancient world experienced life through a mythic mindset, or so I believe Like you could say the Australian aboriginal dreamtime was real, because those people used it to navigate their world, the mythic world of Vesta, Juno, and Mars was real because the Latins mental model of the world revolved around them.Ursula Le Guin really worked at her [...]

  16. GraceAnne

    I loved this book for its wisdom and its tenderness and for the spare, elegant richness of its language Stories have been pouring out of Le Guin these last few years, as if the ripeness of her words must be shared We are so grateful.

  17. Beth

    Ursula K Le Guin has a true gift for evoking the mysterious echoes of a far distant mythic past I first noticed this in her Earthsea cycle the darkness of both temple and tomb, a world trembling with unrealized mysteries, attempts to harness powers that can never be fully mastered While Lavinia departs from the traditional fantasy genre in that it is a retelling of The Aeneid, it has lost none of the atmospheric richness that make Ms Le Guin s books so magical.The tale is told from the perspecti [...]

  18. Adrienne

    Don t go reading Le Guin expecting Koontz Lavinia s character was handled with grace and imagination But there was very little plot I guess I should say, I kept waiting for the climax, and it never happened While discussing this with my husband, he said, Isn t that just like life You think it s going somewhere, then it s just over As depressing as that sounds, it s still a good book None of the Margaret Atwood or Marion Zimmer Bradley anachronistic feminism here Lavinia was refreshing and ultima [...]

  19. Katie

    I really liked the beginning of this I thought it might just be a book I fell in love with But it ended up kind of dragging for me Just lots of description and too many battles And the pace wasn t great for me It felt like it took soooo long to get going and then the last half covered SO MUCH TIME I wanted balance And time with Aeneas I DID really like the observations about stories and being a character within a story But I wasn t able to lose myself in said story.

  20. Davut

    Vergilius adl airin Aeneas adl iiri zerine, ak c bir uyarlama Farkl bir bak a s Lavinia n n g z yle eski d nem uygarl klar n n, zellikle de Latin ve Yunan halklar na bir bak Kitab n sonuna do ru okuma iste im ve heyecan m daha da artt Latin ya ant s , dini inan lar ve kad n n toplum i erisindeki yeri ile eski T rk inan , ya ant ve gelenekler aras nda olduk a fazla benzerlikler oldu unu d nd m Zevkle okudum.

  21. Stephanie Dray

    Wow Just wow This was profoundly beautiful I regret every minute I didn t read this book Perhaps I m a special kind of perfect audience for this book it had everything that would appeal to me It s a woman s story, ancient history, Roman legend, the Aeneid, with touches of magic.

  22. Lila

    3 1 2 stars actually I liked this book, but did not love it What I liked was the way the author transported me to ancient Italy without being overly wordy or descriptive I enjoyed reading about the ancient Latin spirituality However I am bored by long battle scenes and parts of this novel dragged on This was my introduction to Ursula K Le Guin and I ll probably try reading works Most important is she made the character Lavinia, who in the historical epic poem Aeneid by Vergil is only briefly me [...]

  23. David

    As an AP Vergil teacher, I was excited to discover Lavinia by Ursula K LeGuin, and I have even considered adding it to the curriculum for the class Told from the perspective of the Latin princess Lavinia, future wife of Aeneas, this book retells the events of the last six books of the Aeneid and also imagines the reigns of Aeneas s two sons, Ascanius and Silvius.There are three things I especially liked about Lavinia The first is that LeGuin paints a vivid picture of Roman religion There are no [...]

  24. Tamara Agha-Jaffar

    In her novel Lavinia, Ursula Le Guin takes the character of Lavinia who gets little than a tertiary mention in Virgil s The Aeneid, and provides her with voice, character, and background The novel is in the first person point of view with Lavinia speaking directly to the reader She describes her childhood, upbringing, meeting with and subsequent marriage to Aeneas, the birth of their son, Aeneas death, and her son s rise to power Lavinia is portrayed as a strong woman determined to fulfill her [...]

  25. Tatiana

    Ah, this is a lovely jewel of a book I love the character of Lavinia, and of her poet, and the texture of her life UKL is a magician of the highest order, conjuring up this story that is so real and grounded It feels so true and good and substantive Despite being the tale of a narrator who knows she s a fictional character I love the worship of the lares and penates, the daily rites I feel the urge to do something of the sort in my own home, though it s hard to know what would feel right Somehow [...]

  26. Rebecca

    Yay for voicing marginalised women p Obviously, the language is a diminuation Stick figure sketches replace stained glass scenes likes em ornate Lavinia s ultimate revenge upon the poet who denied her words is to credit him these Oh Lavinia, you are worth ten Camillas And I never saw it Well, never mind wipes tear at immortal eloquence predicts ruckus in the Underworld

  27. Margaret

    It s been than a decade since I read The Aeneid and my memories of it are sparse Thankfully, you do not need to know the source material to enjoy Lavinia though I did read the entry on The Aeneid just in case Lavinia s mention in The Aeneid is brief, even though she s the object of the ending war an object to be won Much like in Margaret Atwood s The Penelopiad, Le Guin gives voice to the voiceless feminine with Lavinia However, Le Guin s writing style reminds me of Till We Have Faces by C.S L [...]

  28. Beth

    Lavinia is told from the point of view of its titular character, who got barely a passing mention in The Aeneid as Aeneas bride What I enjoyed most about this book was its depiction of the society of the Italian peninsula, particularly in showing women as the keepers of the hearth and storehouses, although there are quite a few other details about the landscape, rituals, and other details of daily life Of course, those things are setting, not a story, and Aeneas and his sons, battles and treatie [...]

  29. Ctgt

    This was really close to 5 stars I was looking for a bit of a change with my last several reads and this one seemed to fit the bill You know how it sometimes when you read a book at exactly the right moment For whatever reason it hits you right in the soft spot This book did that for me, it was a palate cleanser and a breath of fresh air Who knows if I would feel the same way 3 months from now but in this particular moment in time this was a wonderful read.It s been than a few years since I rea [...]

  30. Linda Robinson

    I am compelled to swear mightily If you don t understand what JFC means Good luck to you Here I am However many books I have claimed on this site, it s a third of what I ve read A quarter A percentage My profile claims how reading is my life My parents would come home from a night out, when I was left to babysit however many kids there were 2, 3, 6 and I d be reading My mother would ask have you been reading all night And I d answer yes Where are they And I d have to answer I don t know It was o [...]

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