“To know what a person has done, and to know who a person is, are very different things.” 

Genre: Historical Fiction 

Rate: 4.5 ????

Goodreads Synopsis:

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?
My Take 

I read and loved Burial Rites so much so, it’s one of my favorite books of 2017. Why should you pick it up? Well..

  • The prose is honest and beautiful, you won’t want to put it down.
  • There are so many teachable moments and lessons.
  • It’s very quotable.

“A thread, once woven, is fixed in place, the only way to smooth a mistake is to let it all unravel.”

  • The book is raw with vivid descriptions, that will leave  you in awe. 
  • Love history? This is for you. You learn more about how life was in Iceland back then. 

Burial Rites intrigued me from the beginning and it was quite a ride reading through it. I had trouble focusing with how much emotion it evoked in me, and that made me love it even more. 

Have you read Burial Rites? What did you think about it?