Adalbert Stifter’s rapt and enigmatic tale, beautifully translated by Elizabeth Mayer life— Rock Crystal opens up into a tale of almost unendurable suspense . by Adalbert Stifter, introduction by W.H. Auden, translated from the German by I think of Rock Crystal it tells of two children, brother and sister, lost in a. Stifter’s novella Rock Crystal, the story of two children lost in a snow storm on Christmas eve, is a spiritually symbolic work of pristine.

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Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter – Review

That would have been the natural thing to do, but he speaks here in a generic mode. Seemingly the simplest of stories—a passing anecdote of village life— Rock Crystal opens up into a tale of almost unendurable suspense. For instance, when in the middle of the night the lost kids find a shelter in a cave and they witness a shooting star which brightens up the entire drowsy whiteness with lot of colours.

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And it is a wonderful book for Christmas. Adalbert Stifter’s rapt and enigmatic tale, beautifully translated by Elizabeth Mayer and Marianne Moore, explores what can be found between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day—or on any night of the year. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

It’s also a tale of a simple close-knit community that responds with humane energy to a possible tragedy and knits together even more closely through realization of shared joys and dangers.

Although the reader realizes that this would be a harrowing experience for two youngsters, the hauntingly beautiful description of the natural surroundings inspires a feeling of detachment and calm rather than the expected fear and panic. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Or an Apple store. Two children—Conrad and stitter little sister, Sanna—set out from their village high up in the Alps to visit their grandparents in the neighboring valley. The story is quiet and reads like a fairy tale or folk tale.


Then snow begins to fall, ever more thickly and steadily. Rrock you can see this as Cryetal begins to focus on stiffter hamlet, the church-spire being the prominent feature. All the more so considering the aadalbert tormented stidter life and eventual suicide. It was a great relief for me to read this classic novella, recommended to me by my trans-Pacific amazonian book sharer.

Having rescued the children, the town turns to go to church where the postponed Mass can now resume. On Christmas Eve the village shoemaker’s two children set out, travelling across the hills to visit their grandparents, past the mountains with their giant slabs of crystal ice.


Then I realised that there was a project Gutenberg read that went along with the audio. However, I imagine that fans of the equally unfashionable Eichendorff and Sherwood Anderson and possibly the more fashionable Kafka would be interested in giving this book a sifter. Feb 22, Miriam rated it liked it Shelves: And that the typeface is relative large?

It is unlike any Christmas tale you’ve ever read, no doubt, and Goethe would be proud as would Thoreau and Emerson, probably. A Ladder to the Sky: Jan 18, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: The book is set around Christmas Eve, and if I had children it would be one I read aloud to them in short chapters for 3 nights before Xmas.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Granted, this isn’t a thriller in which the removal of suspense eliminates all enjoyment, but it still would have been preferable not to know beforehand.

The descriptions of all characters were sufficient and belabored. It is Christmas Eve, and they are bundled off early for the return trip, with pockets and knapsack stuffed with gifts, edible and otherwise, for their siblings and parents.

Literally, this book was an amazing effort he made in making me see, and for that world of his I entered and adaalbert person I am who in this case allowed himself to be written upon, I am quite grateful. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

The most unfashionable element is probably srifter detachment; the prose is clear, unemotional, controlled. Brigitta and Other Tales Penguin Classics. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. It feels epic in length but concise in delineation, a work of real artistry. One of these items ships sooner than the other. At least they had a speedy rescue method. This a nice, subtle religious metaphor. The spectacle is Nature, already portrayed as awesome and yet material in roci rocks and crevasses of the mountain where the children are stranded.


Much has been praised about this fine little book Rock Crystal. Much can be read into this story, interpretations of a Christian nature, acceptance into village life and a survival story where young Connor showed love and wisdom beyond his years. What matters to many of us at specific and certain times, for others matters to none. At the top of the vista, two figures sit, cold and alone. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

Set up a giveaway. This jewel-like novella by the writer that Thomas Mann praised as “one of the most extraordinary, the most enigmatic, the most secretly daring and the most strangely gripping narrators in world literature” is among the most unusual, moving, and memorable of Christmas stories.

Inexplicably, it informs the reader of the addalbert. Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh 1 Nov, To view it, click here. Twelve from the Shelves: The contrast between the stark beauty and frightening power of nature and “civilization” leads to a stkfter moral of sorts, as does the ensuing rescue effort.

This is one of my favorite books.

Recommended to Jonathan by: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. In a remote valley, among high mountains, sits a village with a church, a schoolhouse, no roads merely cartways and little else.