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Lavinia - Ursula K. Le Guin
Lavinia
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In a richly imagined, beautiful novel, an acclaimed writer gives an epic heroine her voice.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. Now, Ursula K. Le Guin gives Lavinia a voice in a... show more
In a richly imagined, beautiful novel, an acclaimed writer gives an epic heroine her voice.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. 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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Format: kindle
ISBN: 9780156034586
ASIN: B003IEJZTC
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pages no: 293
Edition language: English
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Muccamukk
Muccamukk rated it
4.0 Very meta.
But a translator’s yearning to identify with the text cannot be repressed. This is what urged me to take some scenes, some hints, some foreshadowings from the epic and make them into a novel—a translation into a different form—partial, marginal, but, in intent at least, faithful. More than anything ...
Books by the Lake
Books by the Lake rated it
5.0 Lavinia
Inspired (as the afterword details) equally by the poetry of the Aeneid and by the ancient Roman religion, this book is an astonishing, exhilarating work on history, ritual, kingship, literature, and more -- kept surprising me, right up to the last page. Lavinia is a character who in the Aeneid is ...
Boston Bibliophile
Boston Bibliophile rated it
5.0 Lavinia
http://www.bostonbibliophile.com/2009/10/review-lavinia-by-ursula-k-le-guin.html
A Man With An Agenda
A Man With An Agenda rated it
4.0 Lavinia
Leave it to Le Guin to elevate fan fiction to high art. Lavinia, little more than a prop in Virgil's Aeneid (though a necessary one as babies were going to be wanted), is allowed to voice her thoughts and piety and tell the story of her life and her Latium. At the same time, Lavinia is aware that sh...
the reader in a quiet corner
the reader in a quiet corner rated it
4.0
Lavinia is a very minor character in the Aenid. I'm not one for Greek/Roman epics, and I surely can't remember who Aeneas was. (Btw, how do you pronounce Aeneas? I like to pronounce it Ay-ee-nay-ahs bahaha) Nothing to worry about, the Aenid can be understood in this book.*Random thought* Any retelli...
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