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Sintram and His Companions by Friedrich de la Motte Fouque, Fiction, Historical

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"His knights might be Sir Galahad -- 'My strength is as the strength of ten, Because my heart is pure.' "Evil comes to them as something to be conquered, generally as a form of magic enchantment, and his 'wondrous fair maidens' are worthy of them. Yet there is adventure enough to afford much pleasure, and often we have a touch of true genius, which has given actual ideas t "His knights might be Sir Galahad -- 'My strength is as the strength of ten, Because my heart is pure.' "Evil comes to them as something to be conquered, generally as a form of magic enchantment, and his 'wondrous fair maidens' are worthy of them. Yet there is adventure enough to afford much pleasure, and often we have a touch of true genius, which has given actual ideas to the world, and precious ones. "This genius is especially traceable in his two masterpieces, Sintram and Undine. . . . his wonderful romance, not exactly an allegory, where every circumstance can be fitted with an appropriate meaning, but with the sense of the struggle of life, with external temptation and hereditary inclination pervading all, while Grace and Prayer aid the effort."


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"His knights might be Sir Galahad -- 'My strength is as the strength of ten, Because my heart is pure.' "Evil comes to them as something to be conquered, generally as a form of magic enchantment, and his 'wondrous fair maidens' are worthy of them. Yet there is adventure enough to afford much pleasure, and often we have a touch of true genius, which has given actual ideas t "His knights might be Sir Galahad -- 'My strength is as the strength of ten, Because my heart is pure.' "Evil comes to them as something to be conquered, generally as a form of magic enchantment, and his 'wondrous fair maidens' are worthy of them. Yet there is adventure enough to afford much pleasure, and often we have a touch of true genius, which has given actual ideas to the world, and precious ones. "This genius is especially traceable in his two masterpieces, Sintram and Undine. . . . his wonderful romance, not exactly an allegory, where every circumstance can be fitted with an appropriate meaning, but with the sense of the struggle of life, with external temptation and hereditary inclination pervading all, while Grace and Prayer aid the effort."

30 review for Sintram and His Companions by Friedrich de la Motte Fouque, Fiction, Historical

  1. 4 out of 5

    Oliviu Crâznic

    This is a wonderful Gothic tale of a young boy, then a growing man, than an old one - struggling all his life with devil`s temptations, fighting every moment his own dark side and trying to resist a destructive Trojan passion. This is a wonderful Gothic tale of a young boy, then a growing man, than an old one - struggling all his life with devil`s temptations, fighting every moment his own dark side and trying to resist a destructive Trojan passion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    This is a strange, layered and complicated book. It can be read both at the level of a fairly decent piece of literature written in the early 1800's, or you can go deeper in trying to figure what is Fouque trying to communicate to us. And that is the problem with this book. There are just too many stronger characters in this short book some of them seem nearly identical. This caused me to wonder who is this which I am reading about. The action is non-stop, which does not lend to pondering what is This is a strange, layered and complicated book. It can be read both at the level of a fairly decent piece of literature written in the early 1800's, or you can go deeper in trying to figure what is Fouque trying to communicate to us. And that is the problem with this book. There are just too many stronger characters in this short book some of them seem nearly identical. This caused me to wonder who is this which I am reading about. The action is non-stop, which does not lend to pondering what is Fouque getting at. But before I get too negative, this is an interesting book, once you figure out what Fouque is trying to do. It is a myth type book where the hero, Sintram, is confronted with two companions throughout his life: death and the devil. As such, he is very much faced with choices and he often chooses wrong. But there is always redemption and grace in the mix, So when you read it, read it look for something deeper than just knights in shining armor and lovely pure ladies. For more of my thoughts on this book, take a look at my blog.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    This was an interesting book... to say the least. It was quite short-- but very powerful. I loved how the author stresses the importance of prayer and how it can strengthen one and protect one from evil. I also liked the way he depicted religious life. Their life to pray for people in great temptation and for the mercy of the Lord. In negatives I thought it was too short to properly show what he was trying to say. I don't sympathise with all the war and battle stuff myself-- and I don't think it This was an interesting book... to say the least. It was quite short-- but very powerful. I loved how the author stresses the importance of prayer and how it can strengthen one and protect one from evil. I also liked the way he depicted religious life. Their life to pray for people in great temptation and for the mercy of the Lord. In negatives I thought it was too short to properly show what he was trying to say. I don't sympathise with all the war and battle stuff myself-- and I don't think it a very realistic depiction of the early middle ages. I liked the way it shows how though animals are terrified of death, because for them it is the end, a man need not fear for death, for it is not the end but the beggining. But I realize it is more about the message than the setting and I thought it very fascinating and at times beautiful.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    Dear me. I thought "Undine" was a bit hysterical, but this tosh is worse! I just cannot see why either Jo March or the characters in "The Heir of Redclyffe" had such a high opinion it. Alcott and Yonge could both write heartfelt stories about realistic people which are genuinely affecting, so why did they rate this artificial nonsense? Dear me. I thought "Undine" was a bit hysterical, but this tosh is worse! I just cannot see why either Jo March or the characters in "The Heir of Redclyffe" had such a high opinion it. Alcott and Yonge could both write heartfelt stories about realistic people which are genuinely affecting, so why did they rate this artificial nonsense?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rex

    Sintram is a Gothic fairy-romance inspired by Albrecht Dürer's famous engraving Knight, Death, and the Devil. Its brooding Byronic protagonist lives in a gloomy Scandinavian castle, tormented by dark dreams and the desire for a fair lady from the land of flowers. Through the whole plot runs a conflict between Christian ascetic love and pagan passion, embodied respectively in Sintram's saintly mother and cruel father. Fouqué might have been a flash in the pan as far as the popular literary scene Sintram is a Gothic fairy-romance inspired by Albrecht Dürer's famous engraving Knight, Death, and the Devil. Its brooding Byronic protagonist lives in a gloomy Scandinavian castle, tormented by dark dreams and the desire for a fair lady from the land of flowers. Through the whole plot runs a conflict between Christian ascetic love and pagan passion, embodied respectively in Sintram's saintly mother and cruel father. Fouqué might have been a flash in the pan as far as the popular literary scene was concerned, but one wonders what the Victorian fantasists William Morris and George MacDonald would be without him. Fouqué's opulent prose and moral idealism may seem hopelessly dated—even C. S. Lewis confessed he found Sintram "tawdry"—but their charm lingers. For me, Sintram was an unexpected delight. It belongs on the shelf of any lover of early fantasy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    I found an absolutely beautiful old copy of this in the Quinto's basement. Gorgeous illustrations, thick paper and beautiful type. I loved Undine so I had to get this as well. The whole story is based on Durer's Knight, Death and the Devil woodcut. It is the type of spooky supernatural romance that reminded me a lot of William Morris's stories. It had very strange pacing and very little plot, but it was pretty wonderful and mysterious. The poor doomed soul, family tragedy, haunted by dwarfs and I found an absolutely beautiful old copy of this in the Quinto's basement. Gorgeous illustrations, thick paper and beautiful type. I loved Undine so I had to get this as well. The whole story is based on Durer's Knight, Death and the Devil woodcut. It is the type of spooky supernatural romance that reminded me a lot of William Morris's stories. It had very strange pacing and very little plot, but it was pretty wonderful and mysterious. The poor doomed soul, family tragedy, haunted by dwarfs and pilgrims. Definitely I will want to read again. I'm not 100 percent sure it was a good translation, but I still really enjoyed it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Very much like a Pilgrim's Progress/d'morte de Arthur coupling. Very old writing style, very parabolic/religious. Unlike arthurian books, this was just not as enticing. It was also predictable and a little tough to get through. You don't really love any character except old Rolfe, maybe. Sintram is also not overly relatable. Very much like a Pilgrim's Progress/d'morte de Arthur coupling. Very old writing style, very parabolic/religious. Unlike arthurian books, this was just not as enticing. It was also predictable and a little tough to get through. You don't really love any character except old Rolfe, maybe. Sintram is also not overly relatable.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Monique Cook

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  13. 4 out of 5

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  14. 5 out of 5

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    Stephen Milligan

  16. 5 out of 5

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  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Myers

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robert Terry

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  22. 4 out of 5

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    M.S. Hund

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    Diana Maria

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Mcanallen

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