Saturday, May 30, 2015

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

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?
From Goodreads

I liked this one though it is quite a sad and depressing story. Based on a true story about the last execution in Iceland. I liked the way Agnes got treated by the family, compared to how she was treated by the District Commissioner, they soon saw her as a person instead of just a murderer.

This book qualifies for:
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