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Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Aug 01, 11


Lavinia's first person narrative never loses touch with the poet who brought her to life but didn't give her voice. She tells her tale from outside time, reflecting back on her life, and referring often to Virgil's poems and his life, reminding the reader often that she is a construct of literature. And yet her story stands just as strongly in its own right. It is dreamy and nostalgic, sensitive and romantic, and inevitably, tinged with sadness. Lavinia's story of a strong woman's perspective in a man's world (where men are heroes and women are lucky if their name is mentioned) is the reminiscent of "The Red Tent". I enjoyed reading both. First person past tense female perspective takes reading to another level, and I find that easy, gentle voice reverberates around in my mind for some time afterwards. I'm also keen to give Virgil another go, too. Thanks to Lavinia I might get further this time...
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