Le Guin, Ursula K.

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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 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.--From

Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780151014248
Branch Call Number: FICTION LEGUIN
Characteristics: 279 p. :,map ;,24 cm


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Oct 14, 2014
  • sdelao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Recommend highly!

Dec 20, 2013
  • zipread rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Lavinia --- by Ursula LeGuin Lavinia. It is the tale opf the daughter of the king of Latinus of Latium hard by the Italian shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Tiber River. This is before the founding of Rome. It is the story of how she grew up, met the Trojan Aenas and fell very much in love with him and the child she bore them. It is a tale of omens and portents, a tale of poets on their way to the underworld telling tales of the past and the future, telling the tale that after three years of marriage, Aenas would go to ground. It is the tale of life after this change in the life and fortunes of Lavinia until it too, inevitable, must come to it’s end. In this instance, LeGuin dons the raiment of on e who writes in fiction of the past. Her prose is almost lyrical, almost poetic. This is how one might read scripture, how one might read one of the ancient authors. This is a tale is is wonderfully crafted. It is happy, it is sad. It tells of people noble as well as pinched and stunted. It is the story of a life: of a daughter, of a queen, and a mother. It is well worth reading.

Aug 28, 2013
  • forbesrachel rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Lavinia is level headed and strong willed, that will of hers never seems to translate into the plot though, for she is lead from one point to the next by the choices of others around her, as well as fate. It is only at one point that she makes a decision by herself that has impact, but this does not continue. In this world, we see how strong the influence of men are, but being from Lavinia's viewpoint, we learn much about the world of an upper class woman and her role in the home and religious sphere. There are many references to ancient roman culture (how much relates to pre-roman culture can be debated), and due to the poets involvement their are ample bits referring to written works, other cultures of the time, and even verified historical notes (emperors did have influence over what was written in histories, including the Aeneid). The addition of certain latin words to get across a specific cultural meaning is also a worthy touch.

Jul 31, 2012
  • miaone rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

LeGuin just keeps on getting better. Read this book.


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Oct 30, 2013
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I wondered why a man would go into battle expecting not to be hurt, what he thought a battle was. . . . But he had expected to kill, not to be killed, and lay puzzling about the injustice of it.

Oct 30, 2013
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

He saw women as he saw dogs or cattle, members of another species, to be taken into account only as they were useful or dangerous.

Oct 30, 2013
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Though people often confuse it with weakness or duplicity, tact is a great quality in a ruler, whether of a country or a household; awareness of the other allows respect, and people respond to it, returning the recognition and the respect. Aeneas governed with tact, and was beloved for it.


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Nov 07, 2008
  • Ichérō rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.



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