Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Found on the Adult Fiction shelves at KENT and on the Talking Books shelves at TB KEN CD

Plot Summary : In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnusdottir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the months leading up to her execution on the farm of district officer Jon Jonsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. Only Toti, the young assistant priest appointed her spiritual guardian, will listen to Agnes’s side of the story. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force everyone to work side by side, the family’s attitude to Agnes starts to change, until one winter night, she begins her whispered confession to them, and they realize that all is not as they had assumed.

Based on a true story, Burial Rites is an astonishing and moving novel about the truths we claim to know and the ways in which we interpret what we’re told. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland’s formidable landscape, in which every day is a battle for survival, and asks, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others? (Source : Fantastic Fiction)

Review : Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to life this story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution in Iceland in 1829.

I enjoyed it as it was so different, but I didn’t love it and I did enjoy the landscape descriptions.

Reviewed by : Carolyn

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