Although The Eater of Sin sounds very intriguing, what really caught my eye was the fact that it was inspired by a real event. In some parts of Great Britain, there was a tradition of eating bread alongside the coffins and absolving the dead. It is known only that they were socially excluded. Megan Campisi was able to concoct The Sin Eater from this information.
He also includes a list at the beginning of his book that lists the sins and the foods that must be consumed to make them forget. These foods are the names of the chapters. This helps him to anticipate which sins he will be focusing on in each section. Attach the genealogy tree of the royal family (fictitious despite how it may appear). This family is the core of the conflict May, the protagonist, experiences. She tells us her stories in the first person. This story is about a 15-year-old girl who turns to sin eating to escape from jail. He soon discovers that his new job is far worse.
Only women can eat sin and it is a crime to do so. Eva was the one who made this mistake. They are responsible for the sins of everyone, and have no right to repent or be absolved. However, if they do so, their souls can rise to God. The relatives of the deceased are responsible for removing them from this world as soon as possible.
Sin-eaters listen carefully to the list of sins of the dead and remain silent. To absolve them, the food they will eat is put on the coffin. This allows those who are present to learn the secrets of the dead. What if the food is so strange that everyone associates the dead man with a crime he didn’t commit? May, who is related to the queen’s maids as well as the whole royal family, is implicated in this breach. As if all that wasn’t enough, she suspects that her family has a secret that could change her view of herself. His primary responsibility is not to absolve sins but to bring justice.
Megan Campisi explores the themes of freedom, identity, and sin in this tale of palace intrigues. The Eater of Sins seemed to me like a peaceful reading. However, I’m not sure if that is true or I just felt that way because of the mystery and the protagonist. This does not mean I love the way food is used to create history and the setting for the oppressive society that the author created.
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