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Liz F

This sounds more interesting than the Goethe but I think it still sounds as though it is more a more demanding read than I really want to tackle at the moment!
With the cold weather getting established here too (although I don't think we often get it as cold as you do)I am getting into hibernation mode which means I crave absorbing reads to escape into, not the sort of thing which feels as though there should be an essay at the end of it!

litlove

What an intriguing story. Sometimes I think these sorts of morality-based fairy tales are like mathematical equations, with additions for good actions and subtractions for bad - so take away five, add one, take away three, add four, subtract the number you thought of - are the characters in moral debt or credit? Now I've written it out, it sounds like a very Germanic way of thinking, if I can say such a thing without falling too much into stereotype.... Lovely review, Danielle, very much enjoyed it!

Stefanie

Oh this sounds like a good story! the past coming back to haunt the present. One must always be careful especially when there are magical things involved.

Caroline

I know I've read this but I cannot remember it. It sounds like I should revisit this one day. I'm curious which of the four you will end up liking the most.

Danielle

Yes, it was definitely more approachable. You really don't have to read it with an eye towards the critical in mind really--the story is very easy, but I had read the intro so it made me start thinking about all the other little things going on I wouldn't probably pay attention to otherwise. I am getting into hibernation mode, too. I've got plenty of other, easier reads on the go at the moment, too, so I don't mind something a little challenging alongside--especially a good short story! :) But I totally understand that desire for escapism!

Danielle

That is what it felt like. In Bertha and Eckbert's case I'm afraid they ended up with a definite debt. Not a happy story, though strangely I still enjoyed it. I know exactly what you mean, though, as it was still quite nice and tidy and well thought out, if on the dark side. I hope next week's story goes equally well--and thanks for the kind words! :)

Danielle

Much more successful for me than poor Goethe. Maybe I'll swing around back when I get to the end and read it again. Be careful with magical gem-producing birds for sure. Stealing them will almost always result in heartache--or worse!

Danielle

The thing I like about writing about what I am reading is that it sticks in mind just a little bit longer. Also I can always go back and refresh my memory. So far the Tiecke was more accessible than the Goethe, but the next two stories look good as well. I'm glad I picked this up, though I still wouldn't mind reading some of Stefan Zweig's stories, too.

Tony

This isn't one I've read - interesting though. Maybe I'll get to it next year ;)

Danielle

It was good if a little dark with the unhappy ending, but still much more manageable than the Goethe. I'm looking forward to reading the Fouque this weekend. Have just finished Schnitzler which was also on the depressing side. Surely there must be some uplifting (or at least happy?) German lit? :)

Amateur Reader (Tom)

Yes, many classic German stories have happy endings. Would you like a list? Caroline can give you a list. Or I can.

Danielle

That's good to know. I have high hopes for the last two stories in this collection, too! :) If you have suggestions I'm always happy to get them. I'll have to hit Caroline up as well as I think she's read quite widely in classic German lit as well. Thanks in advance.

Amateur Reader (Tom)

Since Christmas is nigh:

"The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" by E. T. A. Hoffmann

"Rock Crystal" by Adalbert Stifter

Danielle

Thanks Tom. I've often thought of reading the Hoffmann, so will look for a copy. It seems that Pushkin Press came out with a nice edition a while back. The Stifter is new to me, so will go check it out.

Elizabeth

This sounds really good, and I'm looking forward to your review of Undine, which I just started reading.

Danielle

Thanks for letting me know you are reading it, too! I'll watch for your post. I didn't realize it was as long as it is, so I will not be writing about it for a day or two yet--still need to finish reading tonight (hopefully)!

Tony

Tom has now spoiled 'Rock Crystal' by saying it has a happy ending ;)

Danielle

I know! No surprises now, eh? :) Had the ending been the reverse and sad, I might have been the tiniest bit miffed (okay, so probably not), but it's sort of a relief to know it's going to end well for once.

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