Burial Rites

Burial Rites

Audiobook CD - 2013
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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 -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Audio, p2013.
Edition: Unabridged ed.
ISBN: 9781619699793
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (ca. 12 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Christie, Morven


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lindab1111 Mar 20, 2018

Bleak, stark, sad, intense, harsh.
If all of that is Iceland in 1829, then the author nailed it.
On top of that misery is the plight of being a woman which makes it doubly bleak.

But the writing was so gorgeous. This story in the hands of a less capable writer would be unreadable.

Jun 15, 2015

small & large print/ CD/ ebook. Read Dec 2013 now the CD, so yes, this tale stayed with me. Not for everyone, but I suggest staying with it, chew it over, then access.

librarylizzard Dec 05, 2013

I learned a good deal about Icelandic culture by listening to this as an audiobook. At times the story seemed to drag on, but that may very well have been the author's intention since the main character, Agnes, is waiting to be executed. I was satisfied with how the story ended, and was interested to learn that it was based on real events. This isn't the type of book I would typically choose for myself, but I'm glad I did!

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