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June Meetup: "Burial Rites" by Hannah Kent [VENUE ADDED]

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Our June book is "Burial Rites" by Hannah Kent. Hope to see you there.


Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (2013)

Pages: 384


In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnusdottir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the months leading up to her execution on the farm of district officer Jon Jonsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. Only Toti, the young assistant priest appointed her spiritual guardian, will listen to Agnes's side of the story. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force everyone to work side by side, the family's attitude to Agnes starts to change, until one winter night, she begins her whispered confession to them, and they realize that all is not as they had assumed.

Based on a true story, Burial Rites is an astonishing and moving novel about the truths we claim to know and the ways in which we interpret what we're told. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's formidable landscape, in which every day is a battle for survival, and asks, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

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  • Nishma

    I tried to get buses from southwark, it didn't work and it started raining so I turned round and went home. I hated the book anyway. More chick lit than historical fiction. My message to Agnes - he ditched you for a younger model, his ex warned you he would, no need to lose your head over it.

    1 · June 9, 2014

  • Shirley

    I've picked up a summer cold so won't be very entertaining company, unfortunately. Disappointed, as I'm away for the next meeting, and was looking forward to the discussion about Burial Rites.

    June 9, 2014

  • Richard A.

    Sorry, work hospitality calls, I won't be able to come after all today. Hope the new venue works out OK

    June 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My book never arrived :-( so I'm afraid I won't be coming next week, have a good meeting.

    June 4, 2014

  • Antoine V.

    Aploogies - I won't be able to make this session. Have great evening - Antoine

    June 3, 2014

  • So-Fung

    Hi Justin - any conclusions on a venue yet? Not chasing ... just curious! Thanks ;-)

    May 15, 2014

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