Burial Rites

Burial RitesBurial Rites by Hannah Kent
on September 10th 2013
Pages: 322
ISBN: 0316243914
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Outstanding debut novel by Kent. I thought this was wonderfully written and the story captivating. I did not mind the change in voice. I found it enriched the story and was not confusing. This novel is based on a true story set in Iceland. A story of Agnes, a woman charged with the murder (along with 2 other servants) of her former employer.

After being imprisoned and beaten she is sent to live with a family while waiting for her execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes but slowly warm up to her. Agnes is visited by a priest whom she has requested to be her spiritual guardian. He allows her to tell her story in hopes of making her time left tolerable and in an attempt to understand her and her life. As her execution date gets closer, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.

Beautifully written. Highly recommend.


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