Ursula Le Guin - Lavinia (2nd Hand Paperback)
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : As New
- Category : Fiction - Fantasy
- Published : 2010 (W&N)
- ISBN : 9780753827840
- SKU : B002119
- PPC : SP350gm
- RRP : £9.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
Lavinia is the Locus Award-winning last novel by American author Ursula K. Le Guin, published in 2008. It relates the life of Lavinia, a minor character in Virgil's epic poem the Aeneid.
'Like Spartan Helen, I caused a war. She caused hers by letting men who wanted her take her. I caused mine because I wouldn't be given, wouldn't be taken, but chose my man and my fate. The man was famous, the fate obscure; not a bad balance.'
Lavinia is the daughter of the King of Latium, a victorious warrior who loves peace; she is her father's closest companion.
Now of an age to wed, Lavinia's mother favours her own kinsman, King Turnus of Rutulia, handsome, heroic, everything a young girl should want. Instead, Lavinia dreams of mighty Aeneas, a man she has heard of only from a ghost of a poet, who comes to her in the gods' holy place and tells her of her future, and Aeneas' past . . .
If she refuses to wed Turnus, Lavinia knows she will start a war - but her fate was set the moment the poet appeared to her in a dream and told her of the adventurer who fled fallen Troy, holding his son's hand and carrying his father on his back . . .
" . . . subtly moving, playful, tactfully told story, a novel that brought me to tears more than once." - The Guardian.
"Le Guin writes wonderful women and stories that honor them. Lavinia is a whole book written from the perspective of a character that never utters a word in Vergil's epic, The Aeneid. It tells of all the life that happens between "the glorious battles", the farming, the herding, hunting and reading of the auspices, caring for the hearth gods, weaving, songs and observances - the reasons we war in the first place." - Goodreads Review
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