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Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Jun 10, 10

Recommended for: Sheri Tepper fans looking for subtlety
Read in June, 2010

I have never read the Aeneid and truthfully I probably never will but I appreciate the scholarship of Ursula Le Guin and her idea to flesh out the wife of Aeneus and tell her story. I liked thinking about ancient (pre-Roman) Latin tribes and how they worshipped. Le Guin always does such a great job of examining the causes of conflict and war and she grounds this so well by looking closely at individual characters and their drives and motivations. You see characteristics you recognize and it is easy to see given the right circumstances, how the actions of several characters could have such devastating effects or given slightly different circumstances a different personality could turn a situation around for the better. Most of us don't know world leaders or Al Quaeda masterminds but if we look closely at the people we DO know then we can start to see how situations can play out on the a bigger stage. Bravo.

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