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?
My Musings: Woot woot! I have finally finished a book! I am eternally grateful to Hannah Kent for granting me a temporary reprieve from my massive book slump. Thanks also to all my friends that have read this and championed it.
A story about a woman accused of murder, living out her last days before her execution on a dreary farm in the middle of nowhere would not normally tempt me (pretty cover and all). However I decided to listen to my friends and it paid off.
I loved this book, the writing was gorgeous without morphing into purple prose. The book was so amazingly atmospheric that I really felt like I was right next to Agnes at that chilly Icelandic farm. (Living in freezing cold Canada, may have helped with this illusion).
I found this book to be heartbreaking and bittersweet and…wow just a huge whirlwind of emotions in general. I am always terrible writing reviews for books I love, but just trust me that this is a great read. Of course I seem to be the last person on Earth to read this gem so you already know.
Basically what I am failing to say is that; this book is great. The writing is delicious and you will gobble up this heartbreaking story that is filled with mystery, misery and complicated relationships. 4/5
Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Buy