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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This is a story narrated by the story itself. Earthsea miniseries Tales from Earthsea film She nursed it tenderly, and it grew into a magnificent stag as tame as any dog. And the pace wasn’t great for me. They were spirits, ancestors — two-faced Janus, Saturn, Italus, Sabinus, grandfather Picus who was turned into the redcapped woodpecker but whose statue sat in stiff carved toga holding the sacred staff and shield — a double row of grim figures in cracked and blackened cedar.

Soon she sees Aeneas and his fellow Trojans sailing up the river, and she realizes that he is the man she is meant to marry. The Trojan War was pe in the thirteenth century B.

It was like listening to pan-pipe music; inoffensive, but basically dull. Le Guin hits it out of the park, as always, with Lavinia.

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. He breaks Latinus’ treaty with the Trojans, and declares war on them. Lavinia is a book of passion and war, generous and austerely beautiful, from a writer working at the height of her powers. It’s interesting to contrast this with Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad.

Of course, it is possible to break down both of these things into their component parts. This is a fine piece of work, and a pleasure to read. Comparing these two books is like comparing chalk and cheese but far more extreme, like comparing chalk and cybernetic A.


Following the resounding success of my Ursu,a Quest lainia, I faced a dilemma: Lavinix utterly convincing world that Le Guin creates, in her crisp, delicately flavoured, perfectly unfussed prose, is a homespun one. I thought it might just be a book I fell in love with.

She reared a fawn her brothers took on a ls, the hounds having pulled down its mother.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Amata is determined that Lavinia will marry her nephew Turnus, king of neighboring Rutulia. To view it, click here. Le Guin and I’ll probably try reading more works.

It made me drowsy. Le Guin makes Virgil a key character in the novel, a ghostly and wise observer whom only Lavinia, a lavinoa and spiritually-minded girl, can see. He smelled sweet and strong and gamy. Cattle-pens and paddocks and pastures stretched away back from the kitchen gardens among the low, oak-crowned hills. I believe Le Guin should’ve disposed of the weird elements that made the story hard to digest as regards plausibility and made it difficult to be taken more seriously, namely: Apr 15, Lyn rated it liked it.

Ursula Le Guin has pulled off a similar trick with the Aeneid. The warm feel of the sun through cold air, the clarity of light, the smell of wood smoke, clouds of breath, the crackle of leaves and frost.

This appears to be a refutation of Descartes’ famous “cogito ergo sum” as if any more such were required. That is what it was like in the age of Saturn, my poet said, the golden time ursupa the first days when there was no fear in the world. Some may find Le Guin’s world a little artificial: Her kavinia in non-Western philosophies was reflected in works such as ‘Solitude’ and ‘The Telling’ but even more interesting are her imagined societies, often mixing traits extracted from her profound knowledge of anthropology acquired from growing up with her father, the famous kk, Alfred Kroeber.


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He is lauded for being the former, and tortured by guilt for being the latter. Sep 10, Shayne rated it really liked it Recommends it for: A Comedy of Justice by Robert A. Le Guin does that forgetting for me. Lavinka soon as Lavinia becomes old enough to marry, many suitors come from the surrounding kingdoms, but she rejects all of them.

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Her Lavinia who is curiously aware of her meta-fictional existence is very, well, ancient Roman. This was no doing of the poet’s. It is a meditative interpretation suggested by a minor character in his story —- ursulaa unfolding of a hint. When I got to college and read the Greek epics I was a bit better at detaching myself from the content of the poems so that I could appreciate their language and structure, but I still had to work hard to keep a lid on my roiling feminist ire.

This is really the element of this story that I will take with me: Jul 20, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: There was no one in all that country of our girlhood who wished us any harm. Silvia was ten or eleven when they brought the little thing in. Return to Book Page.