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Luring tale of a list soul in a hapless, helpless situation. Beautiful writing makes this a must read. The weather, the characters, the helplessness work together to create a unique setting. It's sad , very sad,. Life sometimes forces us to have an opinion until we obtain more insight which makes us question our own lives as well.
Definately one of my all time favourites.
Although a debut novel, Burial Rites has hit the bestseller lists because its content is steeped in history and captures the imagination. Agnes Magnusdottir was the last female executed in Iceland in the nineteenth century. After being condemned to die and because there are no jails where she can be held, the task of housing her falls to the family of a local magistrate. The family are forced to re-evaluate their notions about Agnes as they hear her tell her story and lay her soul bare to a young minister. Gradually we see that Agnes is not the monster the press and government officials have portrayed her to be. Although set nearly two hundred years ago, there is much in this novel which is still pertinent in our world today. This beautifully evocative novel tells a story which is obviously very dear to the heart of Hannah Kent.
A must read
This book has been on the best sellers list for a while but it really captured my attention when Hannah Kent was the subject of Australia Story one night in July.
The book is a novel based on the true story of Agnes Magnusdottir, the last woman to be executed in Iceland.
It is a very moving story of love, crime, perception of people and questioning who we believe.
Hannah Kent is a young South Australian author who writes beautiful prose to tell her version of this historical story.