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Burial Rites

Burial Rites ~ Hannah Kent

“There is nothing in the world I now own; even the heat my body gives out is taken away by the summer breeze”

Let me tell you right at the start that this story is going to haunt you for sometime. Based on true events and characters, the novel is set in 19th century Iceland and is a fictionalised version of the last months of a woman who has been sentenced to death; accused of having killed her master. Apart from being a gripping plot, the book has a beautiful though morose narrative. You will half expect some spooky organ music in the still of the night and noiseless footsteps in your corridor; I suggest you read this with all the lights switched on.

A few factoids:

Agnes Magnúsdóttir was the last woman to be given a death sentence in Iceland

She has often been regarded as evil and almost witch-like by historians and her countrymen

The author is not Icelandic and it is her debut novel

Why you should read it:

  • Melancholic writing at its best
  • Truth is greater than fiction
  • Read it before Hollywood makes a movie out of it

Why you shouldn’t read it:

  • This book will distract you from all your daily life activities required for basic sustenance