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Book Review: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Burial Rites - Hannah Kent

I’m disappointed. Burial Rites could have been excellent, but it was lacking. With a bit of structural rearrangement, and a bigger emphasis on the unique setting, I think I would have liked it better. Perhaps it’s not a terrible book, but I certainly thought this was a boring one. Burial Rites is a well-written, thoughtful novel. But Hannah Kent doesn’t really do anything with her setting or time period. Honestly, if you had taken the infamous murderer Agnes out of Iceland and plopped her into, say…any other historical time period, I still feel that the story’s impact could have been fully felt...


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