Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

This book was okay. Perhaps if I had taken up The Aeneid in school, I would have appreciated Lavinia more, as the idea of giving Lavinia her own voice was interesting.

In any case, the book stood on its own; prior knowledge of Aeneas or The Aeneid was not required to follow the story. The book was Lavinia’s account of the past, so there was an air of fatalism (because we are told from the start that Aeneas will not live long) throughout the book. The main character Lavinia was likeable, but the tone of voice was… not my jam.

This is not the kind of book I generally read, but I gave it a shot since I wanted to broaden my reading horizons. Anyway, the book was short (less than 300 pages), and the plot was interesting, so I didn’t feel like I wasted time on this. I could see why people would love this book (it was well-written and, based on the afterword—yes, I read that, too—well-researched), but it wasn’t for me.

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