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Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

Postby JaneConsumer » Fri September 5th, 2008, 8:30 pm

My earlier review, reposted here:

It seems like the re-telling of the Aeneid has captured the attention of publishers. Lavinia is the second book I've read recently to interpret some part of the original story.

Whereas Black Ships, which I reviewed here, re-tells the story from the oracle, Sybil's, point of view up to the landing in Latium and Aeneas's marriage to Lavinia, Le Guin's interpretation gives voice to Lavinia. In a sense, it interprets the rest of the story - from the marriage to Aeneas's death and beyond.

I enjoyed both of these books, but I liked Lavinia more. Read the full review on Fuzzy History.

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Postby xiaotien » Fri September 5th, 2008, 9:03 pm

thanks for the review!

le guin is my favorite fantasy author
and i'm eager to read this. i think
it's FANTASTIC she's writing well into
her 70's!

i very well may read this next.
i got it off my wishlist for my bday.
yay!
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Postby JaneConsumer » Fri September 5th, 2008, 9:10 pm

I hope you enjoy it, xiaotien! It was my first Le Guin. I'm not much into science fiction or fantasy, but I really enjoyed Lavinia.

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Postby xiaotien » Fri September 5th, 2008, 9:50 pm

you've convinced me to read it next!

and i love le guin for her deceptively simple
clear prose and storytelling style. so quiet
and beautiful.
SILVER PHOENIX : Beyond the Kingdom of Xia

greenwillow / harpercollins summer '09



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Postby Divia » Fri September 5th, 2008, 10:06 pm

I was thinking about buyin this one...now I'm off the fence and just need to fork over the cash. :)
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Postby xiaotien » Sun October 5th, 2008, 12:30 am

i'm reading this very slowly, as i've
been doing revisions with my editor for
the debut. we're working hard to meet
that summer '09 publication date!

anyway, thoroughly enjoying lavinia.
i love love love ursula le guin and envy
her prose and storytelling.

it makes me want to read the aneid again!!!
SILVER PHOENIX : Beyond the Kingdom of Xia

greenwillow / harpercollins summer '09



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Postby xiaotien » Tue October 7th, 2008, 12:11 am

i just finished it.

it was wonderful, in a prose
that only le guin can write.

i highly recommend it.
it made me cry.

now i want to reread the aeneid.
SILVER PHOENIX : Beyond the Kingdom of Xia

greenwillow / harpercollins summer '09



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