Burial Rites


Status : Read from March 23 to April 05, 2015
Format : Paperback
My copy: BCID 9781447233176
My rating: 5 of 5
Author: Hannah Kent

Slow gripping true story. Stunning debut novel by Hannah Kent. The author, who is originally from Austrialia, is successful in creating the atmosphere of 1800’s Icelanders lifes.

After closing the book, I can still feel the winter snow chilling my spines. Hannah Kent travelled to Iceland in 2003 and become interested in the story of Agnes Magnusdottir, a woman condemned to death for murdering her employer and lover. Agnes was a maidservant her whole life. She was the last person in the country to be executed and was beheaded on 12th Jan 1830, for her role in murder of Natan Ketilsson, her employer.

A family in Kornsa is forced to take her in till her last day is announced. And a priest, Reverend Toti is given the task to absolve her till her last breath.

Agnes was painted as a monster, a cold blooded murderer who stole the breath from two sleeping men.
Agnes pours out her true story to Reverend Toti during her stay with Jon’s Family at Kornsa. She is not a monster. But there is no one to help her out. To stop her execution. All they can do it to give her strength in her final days to accept her fate and prepare her to meet the God.


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