Le Guin cleverly and playfully. asserts Lavinia as a real person in her own right, while at the same time leaving her subject to her immutable role in The Aeneid. The contrast is intriguing, and adds a surprising and interesting depth to what would in any event have been an exceedingly well-told tale. National Book Award-winner Ursula K. Le Guin’s decision to give voice to one of Vergil’s most stoically silent characters in the Aeneid will likely have devotees listening with rapt attention what may be the crowning magnum opus of her storied career. The Christian Science Monitor. Ursula Le Guin Champions Vergil’s Neglected Heroine. Entertainment Weekly.
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. 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 Is it possible that Ursula K. LeGuin can write a bad book?
Lavinia Ursula K. Le Guin. Library of Congress Control Number: 2007026508. International Standard Book Number (ISBN): 9780151014248. International Standard Book Number (ISBN): 0151014248. Lavinia herself never speaks a word in the poem. Now, Ursula K. Le Guin gives Lavinia a voice in a novel that takes the reader to the half-wild world of ancient Italy, when Rome was a muddy village near seven hills.
As Le Guin notes in her afterword, Lavinia takes place in the world of Vergil's Aeneid. We scarcely meet the familiar classical gods in this book. When Aeneas refers to the goddess Venus, for instance, Lavinia doesn't know what he is talking about, since she knows Venus only as a star. Yet Lavinia's people are deeply religious, worshipping daily, and seeking guidance from powers greater than humans. If the early Latins did not believe in gods as people, what did they believe in and why did they worship? Other questions that might be interesting and open up discussion.
Now, Ursula K. 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
Le Guin explains the complicated relationship Lavinia has with her mother-driven near-mad with grief over the death of her sons-and her father, a loving, supportive parent who pushes aside his responsibility at the moment where strength is needed most.
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In a sense, Le Guin shows her age there: the Aeneid was once quite central to a classical education. Virgil’s poem is the great Latin epic, to compare with Homer’s Greek epics the Iliad and the Odyssey. At one time almost any educated person would have learned Greek and Latin, and in the process read these poems.