Item description for Rock Crystal (Jewel) by Adalbert Stifter...
This seemingly simple fable of two children lost in an icy landscape is eloquent in its innocence but is implicit with an unremitting consciousness of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. The Rock Crystals of the title are shards of ice of the glacier that dominates the landscape that Stifter describes.
Adalbert Stifter grew up in the idyllic landscape of Bohemia and his evocation of the mountains and seasons is an outstanding feature of his writing. Educated in Vienna, he published his first novel in 1840 and died in 1868.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.36" Width: 4.68" Height: 0.59" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2001
Publisher Pushkin Press
ISBN 1901285278 ISBN13 9781901285277
Availability 0 units.
More About Adalbert Stifter
Wendell Frye was born in 1940. He received his BA degree from Clark University, his MA from Middlebury College, and his PhD from Indiana University. His field of specialization is German, and he is a Professor of German at Hartwick College.
Adalbert Stifter was born in 1805 and died in 1868.
Reviews - What do customers think about Rock Crystal (Jewel)?
a delightful, well-written triffle worth your time Sep 16, 2002
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.
Breathtaking! Nov 16, 2001
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!