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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. Book Review.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. Book Review.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. Book Review.Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Published by Back Bay Books on April 1st 2014
Genres: Literary fiction, Historical fiction
Pages: 314
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five-stars

A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.
Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.
Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.
Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

“To know what a person has done, and to know who a person is, are very different things.”

Hannah Kent, in Burial Rites. 

 

Every now and then you come across a book which quietly draws you in, as it seduces you with its delicious prose, captivating imagery and moody atmosphere, and then punches you in the guts, breaking you, with a fist full of emotion right at the end.

This is one of those books.

And it was stunning.

five-stars

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