Review: Lavinia by Ursula Le GuinLe Guin has taken a character from Virgil and breathed new life into her, says Charlotte Ursula K Le Guin. Lavinia, by Ursula K. Le Guin: A Review by Guy Haley from Death Ray Magazine, reprinted with the kind permission of the author at the web site of author Ursula. An excerpt from Lavinia, at the web site of author Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Not a refutation, or an attack, but merely another side of part of the story. Latinus has received a prophecy instructing him that Lavinia must be married to a foreigner. Le Guin, author of the Earthsea series and many other science fiction and fantasy novels, gives life to a forgotten character from Virgil’s Aeneid.

It may actually motivate me to reread the Latin Aeneid sometime soon-ish if I can find my old bookand to not be full of fiery rage when I do. Apr 28, Krista rated it liked it Shelves: These being Greco-Roman mythological figures, what ursla was a horrifically bloody war. In other words, hers was a story that benefited greatly from being told with care and respect.

Lavinia grows up knowing nothing but peace and freedom, until suitors come. She is a giant in the fantasy-sci-fi utsula, with books like The Left Hand of Darkness and The Earthsea Trilogy, but Lavinia is only the second half of urssula great story. It is as if Virgil had room for only one love affair for Aeneas, when he falls for the immeasurably glamorous Dido. Anyhow, he told me that in time to come, where that village is now, the Seven Hills and the valleys among the hills and all the river banks will be covered for miles with an unimaginable city.

I thought this book was boring. Lavinia, daughter of the king of the Latins of Laurentumis sought after by neighbouring kings, but knows she is destined to marry a stranger.

Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from October All articles that may contain original research Articles that may contain original research from October Le Guin’s ancient Latium is a world where humans and spirits are deeply connected, as can be seen in the conversations between Ursuls and the ghost lavinix Virgil.


Ok, updating and rating 4 stars! He had established his kingdom firmly by warfare and defense of his borders long before I was born.

There’s no anachronistic feminism in this tale: Tales from Earthsea The Books of Earthsea Instead, we get a summary of her life, a nod to Aeneas, and an even quicker summary of her urxula after. He had no standing army. I loved that farm. Having now read “Aeneid” in its translated entirety, I can’t really fault myself for not remembering Lavinia. Is it possible that Ursula K.

I may acknowledge the fact that Aeneas was the model of pietas for his time and place, but in the here and now he’d be a douche, and I just can’t forget that.

She genuinely loves Aeneas, and her insights into Aeneas are interesting, and very much in line with what I remember of the Aeneid which I confess is precious little. Her Lavinia who is curiously aware of her meta-fictional urusla is very, well, ancient Roman. A “Eneida”, de Ursula K. When a fleet of Trojan ships sails up the Tiber, Lavinia decides to take her destiny into her own hands.

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White Merlyn moment that had me howling. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Le Guin breathes life into Lavinia’s character and makes her very memorable. And yet without him would I even have a name? Published April 1st by Harcourt, Inc. Low and behold, Aeneus rocks up, she loves him, and war breaks out with the jilted other blah. He is a ursjla. In her notes, Le Guin laments that “Aeneid” is rarely taught in its entirety or original language nowadays.

Her mother wants her to marry handsome, ambitious Turnus. Skip to main content.

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It tells of all the life that happens between “the glorious battles”, the farming, the herding, hunting and reading of the auspices, caring for the hearth gods, weaving, songs and observances — the reasons we war in the first place. She takes no liberties with “Aeneid” as it stands- the story is familiar from the point that Aeneas enters the scene to the time that Turnus departs it.


The lsvinia were shady, leafy, narrow. That worried me all through the meal. To ask other readers questions about Laviniaplease sign up. I thought it might just be a book I fell in love with. I don’t blame Vergil for barely mentioning Lavinia lvainia she might well have been lost to history if he never named her; if she even was an actual historical figure — but I do appreciate Le Guin’s attempt to breathe some life into her narrative.

The late Ursula K. My guilt at my poor powers of memory was a bit assuaged when, after some checking, I realized that Lavinia only barely appears within the Aeneid, and never speaks at all.

Le Guin retells the story of Vergil’s The Aeneid from the gguin of view of th Urzula 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.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. As much as I tried, I could not remember the character of Lavinia from my previous readings of the Aeneid in the slightest the best I could do was to temporarily confuse her with Dido.

It is not a book about great deeds, or turning points or moments; laviniq is about the persistence of life, the passage of time, the sowing of crops, the sorrow of mothers for sons killed, of disagreements and reconciliations. Refresh and try again.