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Burial Rites

A Novel
Kent, Hannah (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Burial Rites


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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. . . . BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place --
Authors: Kent, Hannah, 1985-
Title: Burial rites
a novel
Publisher: New York, NY :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013.
Edition: First North American edition.
Characteristics: 314 pages ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: 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. . . . BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place --
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ISBN: 9780316243919
0316243914
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Report This Dec 30, 2013
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This story is based on real events in 1830s Iceland, but as the author hopes, told with greater ambiguity than the historical records. It shows a society of peasants in a remote location, whose lives have probably been substantially the same for many centuries and are characterized by superstition. This is obviously a first novel, and it becomes stronger as the narrative progresses. It is well-researched, but nevertheless there a few too many modern sensibilities and expressions. (Did people say they were toyed with in the 1830s?) Despite its weaknesses, this is an interesting take on a well-known story.

Report This Dec 13, 2013
  • KarenW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In Iceland in the early 1800's, there are no jails or prisons, so when a horrific murder is committed, the prisoners must be either sent to Copenhagen or kept locally by residents. This means that Agnes, one of the convicted, must be boarded by a family in the district that the murder occurred. She is at first an outcast, suspected of any imagined crime. But soon as the winter comes, the family members hear her story and come to change their minds and hearts. Realistically told and beautifully written I spent my whole day reading this wonderful first novel.

Report This Dec 08, 2013
  • InvernessS rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed this tale, the writing style & a look into the culture & living of the period. What dismal living conditions, harsh self-righteous religion. Could have been 100 pages shorter.

Report This Nov 10, 2013
  • finn75 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fantastically atmospheric novel based in Iceland on true events. You can just feel the cold and the hunger and the desperation of the people. Worth a read.

Report This Oct 09, 2013
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This was fiction based on a true incident. The Icelandic setting gave this book loads of atmosphere and the writing was good. Very intense ending. This was an impressive debut novel.

Report This Oct 07, 2013
  • sjmitra rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I appreciate the research that went into this and the wealth of details as to location, language and culture. However, the characters seem remote and the details sometimes slow the narrative. A comparison to Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace is inevitable and where I love Atwood's book enough to read it a few times, this one is average.

Report This Oct 01, 2013
  • Bunny_Watson716 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a fantastic read! Hannah Kent made the gritty world of rural Iceland come alive in all its sombre glory. Agnes becomes much more than her fate, and seeing her become richly three dimensional is incredibly rewarding.

Evocative. Emotional. Fiction based on fact. Mood strongly influenced by 19th century Icelandic landscape, weather, political and social structures. Wonderful use of language; elaborate research. Hope to read more by this brilliant new author.

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marinersfan33 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 99

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  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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