Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Wow was this fascinating. This is book about the last person to be executed in Iceland. Based on years of research and incorporating text from historical documents, the author tells a story that is heartbreaking and mesmerizing.  A young woman who is utterly alone in the world has be condemned to death for the murder of her employer. While
Awaiting her death by beheading, she is sent to be housed as a servant and prisoner in the house of a farming family. 
I found this book terribly moving and it really begs the question as to why some people just seem to get a really rough set of circumstances and others do not. It's as if there are two worlds that do touch but most are not free to roam back and forth. An educational and heart-breaking story. 

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