Friday, 4 April 2014

Book Beginnings On Fridays (Burial Rites)

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this meme is for you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name. There's a linky list on the website and you can use #BookBeginnings on Twitter.

 

This book as had some excellent reviews but I downloaded a sample first as I wasn't sure if it was for me. As soon as I started it I knew I would download the full kindle edition, I found it impossible to read the beginning and not want to continue.

 

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent


They said I must die. They said that I stole the breath from men, and now they must steal mine. I imagine, then, that we are all candle flames, greasy-bright, fluttering in the darkness and the howl of the wind, and in the stillness of the room I hear footsteps, awful coming footsteps, coming to blow me out and send my life up away from me in a grey wreath of smoke. I will vanish into the air and the night.

 

Burial Rites 

 

Book Description:

 

A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.

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?
 

 

3 comments:

  1. Great beginning! Definitely catches my attention. Thanks for sharing :)
    Here is my Beginning

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  2. On my shelves to be read! Dramatic, lyric....great qualities in a book.
    Harvee
    Book Dilettante

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  3. This one sounds riveting! Thanks for sharing...and here's MY FRIDAY Post

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