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Rock Crystal [Paperback]

Adalbert Stifter

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31 Jan 2000 Jewel
This seemingly simple fable of two children lost in an icy landscape is eloquent in its innocence, but is implicit with the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. This quasi-fairy tale speaks of village life in the high mountains, but is also a parable of belief and faith. "Rock Crystal" is a Christmas story and a story about the heart of the ice, the crystal.

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ADALBERT STIFTER grew up in the idyllic landscape of Bohemia; his affinity with nature and his evocation of the mountains and seasons is an outstanding feature of his writing. He was educated at the University of Vienna and published his first novel in 1840.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking! 16 Nov 2001
By Manuel Haas - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. The story is simple: A boy and a girl get lost in the mountains on their way home; it's Christmas Eve, and the two are somewhere in the Alps. What makes the books so unique is the way in which the children's ordeal is described: They are moving through a landscape that is made almost abstract by the snow; this is pure poetry! - Stifter is a forgotten genius of 19th century European literature; I'm glad that his touching Christmas Tale - and ideal Christmas present, by the way - is now available in this beautiful edition!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a delightful, well-written triffle worth your time 16 Sep 2002
By M. J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
While this is subtitled "A Christmas Tale", this wonderfully written story is a story of belonging in a small, isolated community - a wonderful gift that is set at Christmas. Two aspects of the story make this a memorable bit of literature: First, the discription of the physical setting and the small details making the village unique, isolated and realistic are superb. Second, the understanding of human group behavior is outstanding - both in the definition of "outsiders" and in the common story required to become an "insider". This aspect is established early and confirmed by the climax of the story.
Excellent writing, excellent control of characters, interesting and simple plot ... well worth your time.
4.0 out of 5 stars Have to read it twice 16 Feb 2013
By Kassie aka Mom - Published on Amazon.com
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The first glance thru Rock and Crystal is quick. Weighing in at just under 80 pages total, I wasn't expecting much. But the story is like a haunting fairy tale that keeps nagging at you in little pieces for days. I picked it up, reread it and discovered such a beautiful theme within those small pages. The boy and girl are their parents, their grand parents, they are the homes of their ancestors, and the mountains themselves. I am amazed by the mesmerizing prose used to translate the story from it's original (Old German). This book is a keeper, one to read several times over. I'll be hunting this one down in a hardcover for my "good" book shelves.
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