Burial Rites

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
ISBN
9781743516966
Date Released
Binding
Paperback
Pages
352
Dimensions
130 x 197 x 22mm

In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men.

Agnes is sent to wait on the farm of District Officer Jón Jónsson and his family, who are horrified and avoid Agnes. Only Tóti, the young assistant reverend appointed as Agnes's spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her. As the summer months fall away to winter, Agnes's story begins to emerge. And as the days to her execution draw closer, the question burns: did she or didn't she?

Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a deeply moving novel about freedom and the ways we will risk everything for love. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's formidable landscape, and asks: how can one woman endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?
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In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men.

Agnes is sent to wait on the farm of District Officer Jón Jónsson and his family, who are horrified and avoid Agnes. Only Tóti, the young assistant reverend appointed as Agnes's spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her. As the summer months fall away to winter, Agnes's story begins to emerge. And as the days to her execution draw closer, the question burns: did she or didn't she?

Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a deeply moving novel about freedom and the ways we will risk everything for love. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's formidable landscape, and asks: how can one woman endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?
ISBN:
9781743516966
Publication Date:
03 / 03 / 2014
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
130 x 197 x 22mm
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This book left me wanting more. I wanted to know more about the Jónsson family, I wanted to know more about Agnus and her life before Kornso, I wanted to know everything I could about her and the people around her. I secretly hoped that Hannah Kent's secondbook would be a continuation of Burial Rites just so I could get a glimpse into that world again. This story made me feel compasion, empathy, hope and love, It makes you second guess everything you know to be right or wrong. Hannah Kent writes like she has been on this earth forever and a day, like she has experienced every emotion and taken in all that life has to offer, then you find out that she is a 32 year old from Adelaide, wow. Burial Rites is my go to recommendation. It is a book that will not dissapoint no matter the genre you prefer. - Chaille (QBD)
, 09/03/2017
Reviewed by 21dd
Set in the stark, wintry landscape of Iceland in 1829 and based on the true story of Agnes Magnusdottir - a young woman accused of murder and condemned to death. Assumed guilty from the first, we hear Agnes' account and the life events that have shaped her. This story made me stop and think about how opinions, assumptions and judgements can effect how others view a person, and how it can ultimately destroy them. Reviewed by 21dd
, 23/10/2014
Burial Rites
Set in the stark, wintry landscape of Iceland in 1829 and based on the true story of Agnes Magnusdottir - a young woman accused of murder and condemned to death. Assumed guilty from the first, we hear Agnes' account and the life events that have shaped her. This story made me stop and think about how opinions, assumptions and judgements can effect how others view a person, and how it can ultimately destroy them. Reviewed by 21dd
, 12/10/2014
Burial Rites
This is Hannah Kent's first novel and hopefully not her last. Based on true events and set in the unrelenting surrounds of rural Iceland, the story revolves around Agnes, the last person to be executed for a crime. Agnes reveals her sad life story and the events that led to the crime, but is overshadowed by preconceived views that others have imposed upon her. Their views victimise themselves and make her the villain. Perfect for discussion groups and a book you'll remember forever. Reviewed by 08mh
, 28/08/2014

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