August 01

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Some books you read on public transport and laugh out loud to the point people move away and think you are nuts.  This is not one of those books.  However, despite it’s complete lack of light moments it was still utterly beautiful to me.

Hannah Kent described Burial Rites as her “dark love letter to Iceland” and I think that’s exactly what it is.  It is a heavy hearted yet beautiful book inspired by the true story of a woman sentenced to death in Iceland in the early 1800’s.  This is another time and another place where everyday life is a dark and relentless struggle and weather is everything.  A time when nothing is fair and nothing is given.

It has been written with poise and restraint and I think those same qualities have been imbued in each of the characters.  These are people who are all facing death in different ways but doing so with composure and dignity.  Maybe when you are facing death in Tuscany you can be a little more flippant.

And that’s my 2 cents worth.