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Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
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Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin



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.

The Observer's obituaries of 2018 Ursula K Le Guin remembered by her son Theo Downes-Le Guin. The youngest child of one of America’s most revered writers of science fiction and fantasy on his mother’s lifelong advocacy of freedom and her towering final speech. Published: 16 Dec 2018. Ursula K Le Guin remembered by her son Theo Downes-Le Guin. For every glittering Hollywood project that hits cinemas, there’s a raft that never see the light of day. Here’s five of the most fascinating films you’ll never see. Published: 30 Oct 2018. Orson Welles' jungle book, Bilbo on mushrooms: the great unmade movies. Ursula K Le Guin film reveals her struggle to write women into fantasy. Published: 30 May 2018.

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.

Reviews: 7
Kriau
There's this thing where writers take characters from some other writer's work and tell _their_ story. GRENDEL and WICKED come to mind most readily, though they aren't all about the villains.

This is what Le Guin chose to do with what she may well have known was going to be her last novel. She took an important-but-minor character from Virgil's AENEID (query: as opposed to some other AENEID?) and told her story. Specifically, the woman fated to be Aeneas's wife and the ancestress of Romulus and Remus.

Told in her own voice, the story begins with Lavinia sighting the arrival at Latium of the ships bearing Aeneas and the remnants of his Trojan survivors. It moves backwards to her childhood; tells the final episodes of the AENEID from her point of view, then describes her life with Aeneas and after. I won't summarize beyond that.

Wolves, as if to foreshadow Romulus and Remus, play a recurring role in Lavinia's life. So do gods, shades, and oracles. (She knows from one such that she will have Aeneas only three years before he dies.)

Lavinia is a fascinating character, very much the daughter of her wise father and her mad mother. Her voice is vivid and clear, and explains just enough to make the story vivid and clear without bogging down in exposition.

I want to write more, but I can't. The book is too powerful, too emotionally powerful, for me to speak rationally of.
Zainn
The book is actually quite good, but the Kindle edition for some reason is misbehaving. It has paragraph fragments, repeated paragraphs, and passages that seem to be out of sequence (in ways that are not contrivances of the author). I've tried resetting the device, but no luck; I may try to re-download the book, if that's possible.
Mr_Jeйson
Ursula Le Guin is a story teller in the classic sense. The saga may seem new, and yet it feels as if you knew the rhythms in your soul. Lavinia lives an obedient life to her father, her ancestors, her gods, and her sense of self showing that true heroism is not always revealed on a literal battlefield.
Pedar
I write very few reviews yet this book inspired me to do so. I have always enjoyed Le Guin's writing, her strong female characters, and her poetry in prose. This novel leaves me speechless. I can not begin to describe the joy and sadness that I experienced vicariously through Lavinia. She is not only the main character in this book, but she is real to me. I feel after reading this book that I've had a glimpse into the founding of Rome. The homeland of my ancestors is Italy, I may very well take my next vacation there to find and to feel some of these places. This book was that powerful. Thank you.
Cherry The Countess
As so many people do, I remember Ursula K. LeGuin's best for her Earthsea Trilogy, which I discovered in 1974 by sheer accident -- I think I found it browsing at my local library walking home from school -- and the story stuck in my head all these long years until I had children of my own, at which point I bought copies of the entire cycle for them. In the interim, of course, two more books had been added to the cycle, so I took the liberty of reading those, and was impressed again (albeit in a different way) with LeGuin's talent and staying power. Though the stories are aimed at children, they're really only "sort-of" aimed at them -- the subject matter and moral of the tales can be appreciated just as well by grown ups, as the themes of greed and power and the necessity for keeping the Equilibrium ring true for adults just as they do for children, and can be appreciated in a different way with some experience of the world.

So much for my preface. Having recently been re-exposed to LeGuin's work, I was favorably disposed to her when I noticed that she had a new novel out. I bought it without even reading the blurb, and started reading it without knowing anything about it, and started to love it before I realized it was telling the story of the Aeneid from a different perspective. If you read the Aeneid in college, you will no doubt recall the story, but LeGuin's retelling of the tale has a power that the poem doesn't -- perhaps because as prose it's more accessible to (most) modern readers -- and I enjoyed reading it much more than I remember enjoying reading Virgil in translation.

On balance, I think LeGuin has been unfairly pigeon-holed as a writer of children's tales and a niche writer of fantasy. She's much more of a myth-maker, a modern story-spinner in the tradition of the Brothers Grimm, and her work has an ease and grace that perhaps deceives people into thinking it's not really literature. It is -- it undeniably is. This is simply a great book.
Lyrtois
Far from Sci Fi, but carefully researched and well told. If you haven't read Virgil's Aeneid, this will give you the sequel !
Mullador
Like almost all Ursula Le Guin's work, gorgeous writing, reading it is like being absorbed in great music. This wasn't about unpredictable plots but a meditation on mortality, destiny and himan nature, set in Italy before the founding of Rome. Based on a character briefly referenced in Virgil, she uses a plot device that the protagonist knows she has been created by a poet but is determined to live a full life anyway. I would recommend highly.
Ursula K. Le Guin is best known as a science fiction writer, and a good one. However this book is something quite different. The author takes off from Virgil's Aeneid choosing a very minor character - Lavinia, the woman Aeneas marries when he arrives in Italy, and builds a charming story around her. It is a clever conceit, and very well done. In this book, which begins long before the arrival of Aeneas, Lavinia is the daughter of a local king and is the heroine. Her story dovetails into Virgil's story in a clever and entertaining way.