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Stories of God

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  • By Mr B on 14 August 2015

    This little book is a gem, and if you happen to love Rilke, it is a brilliant gem, and has never been out of print since the 1904 edition was published. ‘Composed during the course of seven consecutive nights when the author was 23, these stories reveal a living God in the world of common things.’ These were written when he was living in Russia, and perhaps reflect both the ambience and the landscape. They are a bit like fairy tales to be told to children, full of light and darkness, of wonder and loneliness, of insight and intuition. In some, the imagery is perhaps shocking, in others, one is left feeling moved at the end, without a desire to try and work out why. Rather than try to summarise the 13 stories here, here is a flavour of Rilkean lyricism from the opening of ‘Of the one who listened to the stones’ :‘…..What we feel as spring, God sees as a fleeting little smile passing over the earth. Earth seems to be remembering something; in summer she tells everyone about it, until she grows wiser in the great autumnal silence, through which she confides in those who are lonely. All the springs you and I have lived through, put together, still do not suffice to fill a single one of God’s seconds. A spring, for God to notice it, may not remain in trees and on the meadows, it must somehow manifest its strength in man, for then it will proceed, as it were, not within time, but rather in eternity and in God’s presence….’ These are stories, not for analysis, but for reflection, and to ‘be left alone with itself,’ for they speak for themselves. A delight.

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