Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

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Read Burial Rites Online Free - A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.

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?

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ISBN : 0316243914
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 322 pages


Chrissie rated it ★★★★★

September 02, 2013

I cannot write a review that can do this book justice. This is what goes through my head: * I am so happy I give few books five stars, because then when I run into a book this good my five star rating means something! * You need a strong stomach for this book. I have warned you. * Once you start yo...

Regan rated it ★★★★★

April 05, 2016

Bleak but beautiful.

Reynje rated it ★★★★★

July 15, 2013

“They will say ‘Agnes’ and see the spider, the witch caught in the webbing of her own fateful weaving. They might see the lamb circled by ravens, bleating for a lost mother. But they will not see me. I will not be there.” On 12 January, 1830, the last instance of capital punishment in Iceland...

PirateSteve rated it ★★★★☆

August 26, 2017

Well, this ain't Little House On The Prairie; and Toti, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore. Through Hannah Kent's research we are transported to the early 1800's of rural Icelandic farming life. With her considerable talent for writing, more research and her imagination for speculative...

Catriona (LittleBookOwl) rated it ★★★★★

April 15, 2015

So haunting, so beautiful.

Hannah rated it ★★★☆☆

March 07, 2017

It is the early nineteenth century. Agnes Magnúsdóttir is charged with the murder of two men and is delivered to a small house on an isolated farm in northern Iceland, where she must tend to daily chores and seek spiritual guidance from a priest named Toti, while she awaits her execution. They wi...

Elyse rated it ★★★★☆

January 06, 2017

The writing is magnificent and fragile from the first sentence..... "They said I must die". They said that I stole the breath from men, and now they must steal mine. A 'woman' waits her public execution in Iceland in 1829...faces her mortality. Gloomy, distressing, haunting, and captivating. Off t...

Nat rated it ★★★★★

February 27, 2018

“What sort of woman kills men?” 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 out the time leading to her execution on the farm of District Officer Jón Jónsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to h...

Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος rated it ★★★★☆

December 08, 2016

"Το ύφος στο πρόσωπο του δεν ήταν χλευαστικό. Έδειχνε,όμως περιφρόνηση. Με περιφρονούσε - και το διασκέδαζε. Ένα ξαφνικό βάρος απελπισίας κι απώλειας έπεσε πάνω μου. Και οριστικά,αμετάκλητα,η θλίψη με έλιωσε. " Αυτό το απόσπασμα του βιβλίου στη συγκεκριμένη στιγμή -έχοντας διαβάσει απο πριν την εξ...

Chelsey rated it ★★★★★

September 09, 2014

I have literally just closed the covers on this book and my heart feels heavy. A novel based on true events and characters, Burial Rites tells the story of Agnes Magnusdottir; a woman condemned to death for the murder of her employer. This was a haunting read; from the eerie prose, dripping in da...

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