An elegant story that draws the reader in — Ursula K. Le Guin's homage to Vergil's epic poem Aeneid told, in the point of view of a woman barely mentiAn elegant story that draws the reader in — Ursula K. Le Guin's homage to Vergil's epic poem Aeneid told, in the point of view of a woman barely mentioned in the poem, with deceptively effortless (researched and honed) prose.
The story touches on themes similar to Le Guin's far more experimental book, Always Coming Home (which creates an entire history and folklore for an invented people as well as contains a narrative). It explores feminine and masculine/peace and war, in a pastoral, pagan setting and meditates on life/love and death.
"...it's not death that allows us to understand one another, but poetry." — Lavinia, Ursula K. Le Guin
"What is left after death? Everything else. The sun a man saw rise goes down though he does not see it set. A woman sits down to the weaving another woman left in the room." — Lavinia, Ursula K. Le Guin
"As often as we made love I remembered what my poet told me, that this man was born of goddess, the force that moves the stars and the waves of the sea and couples the animals in the fields in spring, the power of passion, the light of the evening star." — Lavinia, Ursula K. Le Guin
"I felt that night that to have known such fulfillment was to be, in some part of my being, forever safe from absolute despair, from the ruin of the soul. Joy my shield." Lavinia, Ursula K. Le Guin
Pairs well with: Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad (2005), Always Coming Home (1985) (the Book of Honor at Potlatch 18, the 2009 literary convention) ...more