Burial 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 She states that “most” of the historical documents quoted throughout the text were real, but doesn’t clarify which ones were not.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 Hollow on October 3rd.
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