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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It helps a human to be hard when it entails a violence unbecoming of a man so closely attuned to nature. I think of Rock Crystal Bergkristalle in the wonderful collection Colored Stones Bunte Steineof the Austrian Adalbert Stifter; it tells of two children, brother and sister, lost in a mountain snowstorm at Christmas-time while returning from a custom-honored three-hour walk to their grandmother’s house down the valley.

The story is quiet and reads like a fairy tale or folk tale.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Feb 20, Ben Loory rated it really liked it. Though there are parts in the beginning that are wonderfully descriptive, when you strip the book of it’s gold leaf reviews what you’ll find is just a simple parable about humanity and it’s commonalities when differences are tested and forced to be set aside.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here I will read it again adalbfrt again mostly during the Christmas season. For instance, the game older brother constantly advises the helpless younger sister who replies, “Yes, Conrad,” to his every word.


The temperature is dropping. There are many allusions to the Christmas event. That’s how I know. It was almost too much. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

ROCK CRYSTAL by Adalbert Stifter | Kirkus Reviews

Among his most famous works are the novel Indian Ccrystal and a collection of stories, Colored Stones. Auden’s foreword before reading the story.

Sarki rated it really liked it. Stifter’s ice is not just clear and pure but also green and blue and black. Something clean, crisp, cool, refreshing. These ‘tiny’ books –are the ones you grow crustal of–and are the ones which stay on your shelf long after other works have been consigned to cardboard boxes.


That all adds into the complexity. Innocent maybe, but at no point does it become mawkish.

Apr 12, Stephen rated it it was amazing. That is, the section describing what Christmas is like in Germany and what happens on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for the children.

Conrad and Sanna learn something in their journey that it seems many of the townspeople had already forgotten:. Scharl’s illustrations are also worth the look. Two children—Conrad and his little sister, Sanna—set out from their village high up in the Alps to visit their grandparents in the neighboring valley. A mountain with “dazzling horn-shaped peaks” forms the bar A strange little book.

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View all 10 comments. I am having so much fun thinking about all the fun I’m going to have reading about the father’s shoemaking business and why the townspeople prefer his shoes to anyone else’s.

Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter

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. Stifter’s own life failed to avoid catastrophe: Any minute now I am going find myself so tempted by this beguiling, charming tale of two lost imps that I’ll desperately crave a hasty return to those Bohemian villiages.

I could really imagine what this was like. The next unfashionable element is prob Oh, this book must be so unfashionable these days. What a beautiful story.

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Before the children are even introduced, Stifter spends a third of his novella setting his scene, detailing both Gschaid and Millsdorf in painstaking, painterly detail.

Conrad and Sanna, two local children, are to visit their Grandmother in the next town over on Christmas Eve. Notify me of new crysttal via email.