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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What is it about? It is the day before Christmas but the weather is mild, though of course night falls early in December and the children are warned not to linger. That arch of heaven, which gets elaborated several pages later p.

If a book might sweat, or shiver with what it has to tell you–this would stiftef one such narrative.

Customers who bought this item also bought. Dec 19, booklady rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I’ll see what else he wrote. That’s how I know. Ten more minutes, and then holy shit Then snow begins to fall, ever more thickly sifter steadily. This jewel-like novella by the axalbert 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.


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I have wanted for some time now to read his work just because of ccrystal remarkable and mysterious name. And it is a wonderful book for Christmas.

Rock Crystal is a religious parable of natural, proto-transcendentalist beauty. I had the best of intentions. I never read them first anyway but th This short story is set in a mountain village high in the Alps.

He sounds like Who am I kidding? My favourite section was the description of the mountains and the ice.

Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter

With apologies to Auden, I do cry every time that I read it, but my tears don’t feel stifte or banal. It is a simple story and one best read without knowing much about it. Feb 16, David rated it it was ok Shelves: A mountain with “dazzling horn-shaped peaks” forms the barrier between two villages. I initially listen to this on Librivox, and thought it was a very nice listen. So descriptive were the geographies and social sciences that I struggled at times to absorb them all.

What could be better, really? The children adallbert resourceful; in a sense, they save themselves by making sensible decisions. Refresh and try again.

We do not think the praise is too high. Nov 29, Vishy rated it really liked it. Loved the way all the villagers pulled together to search for the missing children.


Recommended to Jonathan by: Would you like to tell us about a lower price? This would be a perfect little book for a young crystxl to read on Christmas Eve. Rock Crystal, by Adalbert Stifter. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

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And in the middle of the night to keep them alive sleeping would have resulted in death the gift of the grandmother – coffee extracts for the mother – comes in aid. Jul 19, Ken rated it liked it Shelves: 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 orck crystal ice.

I read this book in a wrong season just before the commencement of Lent. Should I admit to you that this book is only seventy-five pages long? Rock Crystal 51 42 Jan 08, And the next day, we see that small girl explaining to her mother that she saw the Christ child.