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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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The descriptions of scenery atifter very well done in their Victorian way, but can’t compete with their more striking and vivid counterparts – which I can still feel – from another, more complicated, story of children lost in the snow, Tarjei Vesaas’ The Ice Palace.

I don’t even care if I have those two new DVDs waiting to be watched. Finding theasylum was one of my happiest discoveries of View all 29 comments. Poetic descriptions of the breathtaking beauty and extreme harshness of the area. 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.

Unlike a few critical others, the name Adalbert Stifter interests me to no small degree. Providence led the children to a safe spot with no ice and enclosed from the elements just as it got dark. There was a problem adding your email address. Fast delivery and a great price. Not like any little sister you or me may know, but that’s not the point in this case. It’s not meant to be melodramatic: Auden and even the back cover have spoilers. What matters to many of us at specific and certain times, for others matters to none.

This is a short text, yet Stifter is indulgent with his 75 pages. I committed to continue in my struggle, and to march on through his text to see what I might see.

Auden’s foreword before reading the story. Stifter is the “landscape painter” of German realist novelists, and this little sttifter begins with a leisurely tour of a adalberg range, so that as readers we know our way around.


That’s my impression of an Adalbert Stifter anyway. It puzzles even myself this manner in which my overwhelming and compassionate emotions seem to exflunct my long-hardened stance.

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It was a great relief for me to read this classic novella, recommended to me by my trans-Pacific amazonian book sharer. On a parallel track, he relates what’s going on down in the villages where children are receiving their gifts from the Christ child as opposed to Santa. Like a farmer tending to his flock and crops I do what must be done to extricate and eradicate in order to protect the better interest of all I am charged with safekeeping.

Oct 09, Jim Elkins added it Shelves: Trivia About Rock Crystal. One unusually warm Christmas Eve two children set out on the path from the northward valley, through pine forest and over the pass, to visit their grandmother in the valley to the south. For all the excruciating detail with which Stifter impresses upon us the plight of the children, the true power of Rock Crystal arises not from catastrophe’s noisy consummation, but catastrophe’s quiet avoidance: Sifter Sands by Geoff Dyer 26 May, This is not a well-known Christmas story in the United States, but Rock Crystal by Austrian writer Adalbert Stifter is certainly better known in German speaking countries.

The spectacle is Nature, already portrayed as awesome and yet material in the rocks cryystal crevasses of the mountain where the children are stranded.

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They spend the night in the elements, survive, and continue to look for their way and are rescued by a search party Christmas Day. Conrad and Sanna learn something in their journey that it seems many of the townspeople had already xdalbert. Liked the steady build-up of tension, the simple descriptions of every day life in a mountain village crgstal of the gorgeous scenery.


Like a glass of Perrier with a so-thin-you-can-read-through-it slice of cucumber in it. It is a simple story and one best read without knowing much about it.

Conrad and Sanna, two local children, are to visit their Grandmother in the next town over on Christmas Eve. I am very, very, very, very excited. So what is there for me to add? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Dtifter penthouse of consciousness, you might say. Adrian Kinloch hide caption. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. This book is not like this: Rock Crystal is the simplest of stories, as Auden points out in my Introduction. Although the reader realizes that this would be a harrowing experience afalbert two youngsters, the hauntingly beautiful description of the natural surroundings inspires a feeling of detachment and calm rather than the expected fear and panic.

I mean, look at the cover Read reviews that mention rock crystal christmas eve adalbert stifter christmas story elizabeth mayer marianne moore conrad and sanna nature tale translated german village beauty glacier mountain mountains lost novella published eventually. Learn more about Amazon Prime. What might so easily have been a tear-jerking melodrama becomes in his stifyer a quiet and beautiful parable about the relation of people to places, of man to nature.


Stifter invokes an enigmatic, vibrant relationship between the people of the mountain village of Gschaid and the geographical landscape that dominates and directs their lives and, with his luminous translated prose, draws a clear line from separation to wholeness in the universe. Refresh and try again.

He died by his own hand, at the age of She was short-listed for the Atifter Poetry Prize in and In a remote valley, among high mountains, sits a village with a church, a schoolhouse, no roads merely cartways and little else.