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 is about harmony: The book is set around Christmas Eve, and if I had children it would be one I read aloud cryatal them in short chapters for 3 nights before Xmas. I’m struck rapt by intense, finely-wrought, piercing little books such as this. A dear friend gave me Rock Crystal as a Christmas gift this year and I can highly recommend it as a great Christmas read!

Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter

Open Preview Sifter a Problem? But it did not take me long to realize in fact that Adalbert Stifter was very good at this craft of writing. Like a glass of Perrier with a so-thin-you-can-read-through-it slice of cucumber in it. Two kids a brother and a sister living in one of the Alpine villages go missing on the Christmas eve.

That’s my impression of an Adalbert Stifter anyway. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. I had never heard of it or the author, which probably made it that much more enjoyable. What Stifter is emphasizing is the harmonious integration of the townsfolk, Christianity, and their environment. Conrad and Sanna, unwittingly enlightened, await their rescue.


I read it each winter and it so perfectly captures the atmosphere of the Alps, the descriptions of snow and survival and has a glorious ending. Customers who bought this adalbsrt also bought. Seemingly the simplest of stories—a passing anecdote of village life— Rock Crystal opens up into a tale of almost unendurable suspense.

Who am I kidding? This is a short text, yet Stifter is indulgent with his 75 pages.

Book Review: ‘Rock Crystal,’ By Adalbert Stifter | Adventures On Christmas Eve : NPR

As the children step through the strange rocks, as they climb up an unfamiliar ascent, as they enter a cave for shelter, the children have entered a new world, a different world. Share your thoughts with other customers. Meantime, he relates what’s going on down in the valleys where children are receiving gifts from the Christ child not Santa Claus in this case. But on a snowy Christmas Eve when the children become lost on the mountain we wonder if the villagers are able to close the divide and if so, can they do it within time?

Ships from and sold by Amazon. He sounds like Who am I kidding? There is something mythical about their predicament; Even though Conrad kept before his mind’s eye the fate of the frozen woodsman — even though the children had A simple tale of two children who cross a mountain rane to visit their grandparents for Christmas Eve and return during a fierce blizzard that wipes out all their landmarks.


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Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter

It’s a snowfall the villagers later call once in a century: Their family was unusual in that they were spread between two villages, in an expansion that many of the other townspeople were too proud and rooted to do themselves: It’s the essence of the book, really, as Stifter, through translators Elizabeth Mayer and Marianne Moore, engages in some stellar nature descriptions of the glacier, the snow, the mountains, a qdalbert, and the nighttime sky.

Sorry if I ruined the suspense. Nov 29, Vishy rated it really liked it. People and mountains are largely silent. It is unlike any Christmas tale you’ve ever read, no doubt, and Goethe would be proud as would Stitfer and Emerson, probably.

Some readers have tried to see a ‘divine’ intervention in the spectacle of the Northern Lights, which the children behold with awe during their night of exposure on a glacier, but there is no intervention. New York Review Books,