#7 Lavinia – Ursula K. Le Guin

Title

Lavinia

Author

Ursula K. Le Guin

Genre

Historical Fiction, Novel, Parallel Novel

Readability

Easy. It’s an easy book to read.

Engagement

Medium. It makes you want to know how the story unfolds but it doesn’t make stay up all night.

Score

score-3

Title (Original)

Lavinia

Year of Publication

2008

Cover

Lavinia - Ursula K. Le Guin

Short Description & Notes

Lavinia is a nice book telling the story of Lavinia, a single woman who would later become the mother of roman empire. Although not always eloquent in her way of telling us the story, Le Guin is capable of transmitting great senses of intelligence, wisdom and judgement through this wonderful character. Differently from Helen of Troy, Le Guin’s Lavinia is a woman by whom we sympathize despite her romantic role in a society ruled mostly by men.

“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.” – Goodreads: Lavinia

Remarkable Quotes

“Olhou-me com os olhos que tinham visto a sua cidade arder, que tinham contemplado o mundo dos mortos.”

“Uma filha única, pronta para receber esposo, em idade de casar, mantinha o governo da casa. Do vasto Lacio, de toda a Ausónia, muitos a cortejavam… “

Fun Facts

Lavinia was a minor character in Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid.

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