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  1. Lyn Lyn says:

    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 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 writte...


  2. Jake Jake says:

    I am not the feminine voice you may have expected When my father told me that Ursula LeGuin had put out a new novel, I was, as I usually am, ecstatic LeGuin is one of my all time favorite authors, and I can t think of time when she s written something that has somehow failed to engage, entertain, or intrigue me The fact that she was, apparently, riffing off Virgil s Aeneid was just icing on the cake for this poor excuse for a classical studies major.When the book arrived, I found myself looki I am not the feminine voice you may have expected ...


  3. Sine Sine says:

    goodreads in say sal hedefinin yan s ra bizim b y k challenge m z benim i in yetip artsa da kendime minik hedefler koymadan duram yorum her sene mutlaka bir ya ar kemal ve ursula k le guin okumak bunlardan baz lar bu sene de al p al p y d m ursulalar mdan hangisini okusam diye d n rken kendisinin vefat haberini al nca elimdeki kitap ki o da bir ya ar kemal kitab yd biter bitmez k t phanemdeki en eski ursula kitab na gitti ellerim nisan 2010 da, niversite son s n ftayken son kez gi goodreads in say sal hedefinin yan s ra bizim b y k challenge m z benim i in yetip artsa da kendime minik hedefler koymadan duram yorum her sene mutlaka bir ya ar kemal ve ursula k le guin okumak bunlardan baz lar bu sene de al p al p y d m ursulalar mdan...


  4. Rachel Rachel says:

    I thought this book was boring There, I said it Even though it had passion, war, bloodshed, royal intrigue, suicide, I found it boring and it was difficult for me to convince myself to continue reading it I am a classic history buff, which this novel has loads of, but it still couldn t grip my interest The tone of the book was quiet and ghostly, very in the past so I never felt anything immediate It was a story told by someone who remembered facts, places, names, etc and spoke of emotion, I thought this book was boring There, I said it Even though it had p...


  5. Sharon Sharon says:

    It s interesting to contrast this with Margaret Atwood s Penelopiad Both explore one of the Big Classics The Aeneid in LeGuin s case, the Odyssey in Atwood s from a female character s perspective LeGuin and Atwood are both stellar writers, but I enjoyed Lavinia vastlyLeGuin seems to have a real affection for her characters, and that makes for a warmer,humane book You can t tackle such a project without exploring the constraints placed on women in ancient times, but again, the a It s interesting to contrast this with Margaret Atwood s Penelopiad Both explore one of the Big Classics The Aeneid in LeGuin s case, the Odyssey in Atwood s from a female character s perspective LeGuin and Atwood are both stellar writers, but I enjoyed Lavinia vastlyLeGuin seems to have a...


  6. Libby Libby says:

    Back when I studied Latin, we were given bits of Virgil s Aeneid to translate I always found it to be a chore, as poetry ischallenging to translate than textbook translating exercises like Roma est in Italia Still, I thought I knew the piece sufficiently until hearing that Ursula Le Guin had written a book about a character from Aeneid but having no idea who Lavinia was Having now read Aeneid in its translated entirety, I can t really fault myself for not remembering Lavinia Sh Back when I studied Latin, we were given bits of Virgil s Aeneid to translate I always found it to be a chore, as poetry ischallenging to translate than textbook translating exercises like Roma est in Italia Still, I thought I knew the piece sufficiently until hearing that Ursula Le Guin had written a book about a character from Aeneid but having no idea who Lavinia was Having now read Aeneid in its translated entirety, I can t really fault myself for not remembering Lavinia She has no spoken lines, no characterization,...


  7. Jennie Jennie says:

    Being a lady classicist often requires willful acts of cognitive dissonance It s not just that nearly all your extant source material was written by men, about men, for men, it s also that Greek and Roman culture, particularly the culture portrayed in the great epics the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid is brutally testosterone fueled and flagrantly anti woman In epic, the worst women are pure, unadulterated evil monsters like Scylla, Charybdis, and the Sirens Slightly less evil are thos Being a lady classicist often requires willful acts of cognitive dissonance It s not just that nearly all your extant source material was written by men, about men, for men, it s also that Greek and Roman culture, particularly the culture portrayed in the great epics the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid is brutally testosterone fueled and flagrantly anti woman In epic, the worst women are pure, unadulterated evil monsters like Scylla, Charybdis, and the Sirens Slightly less evil are those who use their sexual wiles to distract men from their noble purposes Circe, Calypso, Dido And good women are those who simply shut the fuck up, bear legitimate children, and get out of the way Andromache, Penelope, Creusa This makes reading epic a challenging experien...


  8. Clouds Clouds says:

    Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma which reading list to follow it up with Variety is the spice of life, so I ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously This book falls into my LOCUS FANTASY list.As the Locus Sci Fi Award winners list treated me so kindly, I figure I ll trust those same good folk to pick me some stars in their sister list,...


  9. Sarah Sarah says:

    The late Ursula K Le Guin hits it out of the park, as always, with Lavinia.Our heroine is the human MacGuffin from the second half of Virgil s Aeneid The beautiful young princess of Latium one of many petty kingdoms in the mythic age of pre Roman Italy , she was betrothed to the warlord Turnus, but an oracle told her father that her rightful husband was in fact Aeneas, the last scion of the royal house of Troy, who had just landed on their shores These being Greco Roman mythological figures, The late Ursula K Le Guin hits it out of the park, as always, with Lavinia.Our heroine is the human MacGuffin from the second half of Virgil s Aeneid The beautiful young princess of Latium one of many petty kingdoms in the mythic age of pre Roman Italy , she was betrothed to the warlord Turnus, but an oracle told her father that her rightful husband was in fact Aeneas, the last scion of the royal house of Troy, who had just landed on their shores These being Greco Roman mythological figures, what followed was a horrifically bloody war Virgil s poem ends abruptly with an uncharacteristically violent act from Aeneas The poet died with his work incomplete he asked for his work to be burned, and he was not obeyed.Le Guin makes Virgil a key character in the novel, a ghostly and wise observer whom only Lavinia, a shrewd and spiritually minded girl, can see He tells her what will happen up to a certa...


  10. Robert Robert says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Why do Americans write Vergil and the British write Virgil This book is something of a metaphysical head scratcher it is the first person narrative of the life of a woman who knows she isn t real This appears to be a refutation of Descartes famous cogito ergo sum as if anysuch were required.It s an interesting tale with convincing characters but perhaps too much time spent dwelling on childhood something that LeGuin ha...


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Lavinia ❰Epub❯ ➟ Lavinia Author Ursula K. Le Guin – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk In A Richly Imagined, Beautiful New Novel, An Acclaimed Writer Gives An Epic Heroine Her Voice In The Aeneid, Virgil S Hero Fights To Claim The King S Daughter, Lavinia, With Whom He Is Destined To Fo In A Richly Imagined, Beautiful New Novel, An Acclaimed Writer Gives An Epic Heroine Her Voice In The Aeneid, Virgil 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 W.