03 April, 2017

Monday Travels

Happy Monday friends! I hope you packed warm clothes and gloves and pot of hot coco Cause today we go somewhere a little colder !

So today we are in ICELAND and we will explore:


Australian writer Hannah Kent:
Hannah Kent (born 1985) is an Australian writer. In 2011 she won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award for her novel Burial Rites. Published in May 2013, it tells the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, a servant in northern Iceland who was condemned to death after the murder of two men, one of whom was her employer, and became the last woman put to death in Iceland. A documentary about Kent's experiences in Iceland and writing Burial Rites was aired on ABC1 as an episode of Australian Story titled 'No More Than a Ghost,' on 1 July 2013. Her second novel The Good People (2016) is set in Ireland's County Kerry in 1825.


Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?


This book intrigued me. I really like books, who are set in a time period and when you can read all the descriptions and narration describing the scenery. Especially, when everything else also fallows the specific patterns of that time. I think this book would make a fascinating read, not because it's set in Iceland and deals with history but also because of the context.

I am very interested in murder and crime. I listen to podcasts about murderers and watch documentaries about killers, because I just simply want to understand what can possibly go inside a human beings mind to actually be able to think of such horrible, unstable and horrendous things.

So I am very interested to see if this main character is really guilty of the crime she's being punished for. 

See you next Monday!