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    I loved the book. It was well told and wonderfully written. It is a historical novel based on the life of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last person to be executed in Iceland in 1830. It tells the story of the last year of her life, living on a farm while she awaits her execution. The attention to detail was wonderful. It tells of the history, the landscape and how people survived day to day in such a harsh land and time. I hope Hannah Kent has another novel for us soon.
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    I am amazed that this book was a debut for such a young Author! Surprising too is the fact that it was not written by an Author born in Iceland! I absolutely loved this book and I am not easily hooked. It was interesting, informative, entertaining, sad. I have never read a book twice but will definitely read this again!!
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    Loved this book....the descriptions of the Icelandic landscape and living conditions cast an almost claustrophobic feeling which is in keeping with the young woman awaiting execution. The story of her tragedy and the hardship of those responsible for her imprisonment is both touching and heartbreaking.
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    I wasn't sure about reading this book given the subject, but quickly got into the story - based on a true event. I came to like the characters, Agnes Magnusdottir (the convicted) and the family she was billeted with. I made up my own mind whether Agnes was guilty. All set in this stark landscape in times that seem brutal at times. Well worthwhile reading.
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    This is a dark, brooding story with a real sense of place. I really enjoyed it, even though you know how the ending will transpire, it does not in any way take away from the main story. This will be a book for the favorites shelf and I look forward to reading it again as I loved the atmospheric feel to it and want to re-visit that feeling for a second time.
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