Lavinia: A Novel

Paperback | April 14, 2009

byUrsula K. Le Guin

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From a masterful writer of myth and fantasy, a beautiful reimagining of one of the most pivotal characters in Virgil's Aeneid As the story goes, Virgil's hero fights to claim the king's daughter, Lavinia, with whom he is destined to build 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. Lavinia grows up knowing nothing but peace and freedom until her suitors arrive. 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 tells us the story of her life-and her life's greatest love.

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From a masterful writer of myth and fantasy, a beautiful reimagining of one of the most pivotal characters in Virgil's Aeneid As the story goes, Virgil's hero fights to claim the king's daughter, Lavinia, with whom he is destined to build an empire. Lavinia herself never speaks a word. Now, Ursula K. Le Guin gives Lavinia a voice in a...

Ursula K. Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California, in 1929. Among her honors are a National Book Award, five Hugo and five Nebula Awards, the Kafka Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Portland, Oregon. www.ursulakleguin.com "

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.24 × 5.16 × 0.71 inPublished:April 14, 2009Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0156033682

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterful It feels like you are actually in Latium with this rich and no-nonsense novel that focus on character more than plot. We all know the outcome, but are taken aback by how rich Le Guin details the life of Virgil's unspoken heroine. A though-provoking novel that deserves more than 1 read.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This was an excellent book. In the afterword, the author says "My desire was to follow Vergil, not to improve or reprove him." I think she was entirely successful. She gives eloquent voice to a less-than-minor character without holding her society to a 21st C standard.
Date published: 2010-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very satisfying read. I have to say I was a bit sceptical prior to picking up this book but decided to make the attempt as it was recommended by my Latin instructor who is a cognoscienti of Vergil's poetry. To give voice to a silent character from Vergil's Aeneid would appear to be daunting task , but Le Guin manages to carry it off in what appears to be effortless skill. Lavinia is brought to life in both sympathetic and engaging manner; a true partner for the heroic Aeneas.
Date published: 2010-02-25

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PRAISE FOR URSULA K. LE GUIN She never loses touch with her reverence for the immense what is."-Margaret Atwood"Like all great writers of fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin creates imaginary worlds that restore us, hearts eased, to our own."- Boston Globe 'There is no writer with an imagination as forceful and delicate as Le Guin's."-Grace Paley "