Burial Rites (and a linkup)

Burial RitesBurial Rites by Hannah Kent

An amazing book, but one that was much more emotionally wrenching than I expected. It’s based on the true story of the last person executed in Iceland, and Kent does a phenomenal job of bringing the setting to life and presents a plausible scenario for the events.

My only real complaint with the book is that the author’s note doesn’t give as much detail as I’d like as to what the known facts were, and where she expounded. She states that “most” of the historical documents quoted throughout the text were real, but doesn’t clarify which ones were not.

Highly recommended, if you feel up to the emotionally charged nature of it.

Looking ahead at next month, we’ll start our discussion of The Legend of Sleepy HollowThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving on October 3rd.

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  1. I see the link up instructions, but not the actual link up. 🙂

    I’m glad you enjoyed this book. It was very heavy. I’m glad I listened to it in my car and didn’t have to try to get through in print at night.

    • Thanks for the heads-up. I think it should be fixed now – I was missing a closing bracket on the tag, and from what I can see adding that in the linkup displays. This is why I try not to finalize posts late at night. 🙂

      I’m glad I read it and didn’t listen to it! Even though I’d have loved to hear the correct pronunciations for people and places, I think it would have been even more emotionally draining on me to listen to it rather than see it.

  2. She never explains which are real and which aren’t? ARGH. (I’m on the penultimate disc.)

    • If she did I totally missed it. And I’m pretty sure I didn’t miss it because I was specifically looking for it. The only reason I’ll qualify it with a “pretty sure” is because I was reading while kids were around, so…

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