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REVIEW: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Title: Burial Rites
Author: Hannah Kent
Type: Fiction
Published: 2013.
Pages: 353
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

“The last bed, the last roof, the last floor. The last of everything brings lugs of pain, as though there will be nothing left, but smoke from fires abandoned.”

Nothing can be more cruel and unfair than reality. People can invent all kinds of stories, but the worst ones come from the truth. And this book is a brilliant example. Second in the line of nordic books read for #tourdeeuropecc , this debut novel was indeed something special.

Told from different perspectives and based on a true story about the last woman executed in Iceland in 1829., it talks about a woman’s journey to the inevitable. And even though you know the way it ends, all through the book you just cannot stop hoping for a different kind of ending. Because its unfair, because its painful, because its wrong. ⠀

I have mostly listened to the audio of this book and combined it with an ebook. And it was just beautiful. The writing itself was captivating, you could feel the life in Iceland at that time, and the characters were portrayed masterfully. It does start a bit slow, and with all the Icelandic names it does get a bit confusing, but as the story unravels, you just cannot not admire its beauty. I honestly can recommend this book to everyone. It is atmospheric, it is introspective, it is raw, utterly devastating and above all, brilliant.

My GR rating: 4.5 stars

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