A sense of destiny within an epic poem — Lavinia

“As the herald spoke, I heard the poet’s voice overlapping his as a sea wave running up the shore overtakes and overlaps the wave before it. I knew then that the high house of the kind and all of us in it had being only in those words. And that knowledge changed nothing. The messenger still must speak, the king must listen, the king’s daughter must follow her fate.” — Ursula K. Le Guin, Lavinia. (p. 100) Publisher: Harcourt, Inc. in 2008.
An interesting book, well worth some of the sections where I skipped a bit to avoid blood and fatal guts of the story of Aeneas (handy family tree Wiki here). What felt the most potent was the sense of an underlying destiny, or framework, through which Lavinia walks, breathes, and contemplates reality. The presence of the household gods is more meaningful than mere historic details thrown into plot for “color”. I think this is one of those books that will “stay” with me, even after I returned it to the library. So, read any good books lately?


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