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Sintram and His Companions: Winter (The Four Seasons, #1)

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'Then a boy, pale as death, rushed into the hall, uttering a wild scream of terror. "Death and another are closely pursuing me!"'

Sintram spends his life torn between the life he leads in his father's castle, where they keep alive many of the more violent Viking traditions of their ancestors, and that of the pious lifestyle of his mother and the Chaplain of Drontheim. When
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Paperback, 194 pages
Published October 31st 2015 by Blackdown Publications (first published 1814)
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Oliviu Craznic
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic
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. ...more
Gary
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Rex Bradshaw
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 ...more
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 ...more
Lucy
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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?
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Friedrich Heinrich Karl de la Motte, Baron Fouqué was a German writer of the romantic style.

He was born at Brandenburg an der Havel, of a family of French Huguenot origin, as evidenced in his family name. His grandfather, Heinrich August de la Motte Fouqué, had been one of Frederick the Great's generals and his father was a Prussian officer. Although not originally intended for a military career,
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