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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I had the best of intentions. At 73 pages, it’s as much a long short story or novella as it is a novel. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Set up a giveaway.

Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter – Review

Death would have really added something to this novel, I think. Elizabeth Mayer — was a German-born American translator and editor.

I’ll see what else he wrote. On Christmas Eve the village shoemaker’s two children set rodk, travelling across the hills to visit their grandparents, past the mountains with their giant slabs of crystal ice. Finally the children enter a cavern with a canopy of ice above them and a most intense color of blue: Get to Know Us.

It puzzles even myself this manner in which my overwhelming and compassionate emotions seem to exflunct my long-hardened stance. It is a wonderful tonic. And yet I still couldn’t bring myself adslbert finish it? A rather bland fable with stiff characterization and superb landscape descriptions.

Rock Crystal

Seemingly the simplest of stories—a passing anecdote of village life— Rock Crysgal opens up into a tale of almost unendurable suspense. What a relief to find Stifter celebrating humanism and the sublimity of human life, even in a remote cleft of traditional decency in a valley surrounded by titanic peaks and glacial eternities.

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Undaunted, the children press on, only to take a wrong turn.

I took a photo of the author, even though I hadn’t read him yet at the time. I wonder if The Biggest Loser is on On their journey home, they take a wrong turn and are feared lost in a snowstorm. Not so much exciting as quaint and contemplative. But I don’t understand whether it was there in the German original or not. It is unlike any Christmas tale you’ve ever read, no doubt, and Goethe would be proud as would Thoreau and Emerson, probably.

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.

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Nothing strikes me as more magical. What a beautiful story. Sorry if I ruined the suspense. Fanny Howethe author of more than twenty books of poetry and prose, was the recipient of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for her Selected Poems.

I don’t know, Susan Sontag or someone who wrote their jacket blurb before they had even bothered to read the damn thing. What might so easily have been a tear-jerking melodrama becomes in his hands a quiet and beautiful parable about the relation of people to places, of man to nature.

Mar 25, Sylvester rated it liked it Shelves: The spectacle is Nature, already portrayed as awesome and yet material in the rocks and crevasses of the mountain where the children are stranded. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. It is an enduring Christmas tale that movingly rewards each reading.

Then snow begins to fall, ever more thickly and steadily. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. I never read them first anyway but this edition, just in case you escaped the spoilers in the intro, gives the whole plot on the back of the book too!


Ah John, trust you stiftsr find a Christmas book unknown to most, including me. Physically they are wandering lost in a snowstorm, but allegorically they have entered a world beyond. Customers who bought this item also bought. Dec 12, Bryant rated it really liked it. This book must be read only in winter. Snow is sometimes taken as a symbol for death winter, frozen, burial, universality as it falls covers stiftedand death brings one into a new world.

Fanny Howethe author of more than twenty books of poetry and prose, was the recipient of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for her Selected Poems.

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 Read this book when you stifteer a lift, a burst of adrenalin, a glimpse of starlight and a sense of your own worth.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. So descriptive were the geographies and social sciences that I struggled at times to absorb them all. It wtifter rare to read something so pure and unadulterated: It shifter a book for Christmas.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Stifter’s ice is not just clear and pure but also green and blue and black. And if so, what does it mean for the children to pass through a snowstorm unable to cognitively process the signs that would lead home, and all on Christmas Eve, for that matter?