Top positive review
An essential book to have
Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2020
I love Rilke's work and I think he was brilliant. This book has both of his finest works, in the Duino Elegies and the Sonnets to Orpheus. This book is reasonably priced and is a gem. Stephen Mitchell is phenomenal in his translating. I like this book so much that I ordered it as a gift for a friend. I didn't talk to my friend about because I didn't want him to think I'm pressuring him to read it, and I know he has a busy life. But since he appreciates art and spirituality, like I do, then it's a great addition to his library, and someday when he's looking for something challenging and profound to read, this book will be on his book shelf calling to him. I can't think of much relevant to say except, if you like Rilke, this is a fine book. One small issue I have is that the print is relatively small, so if you have poor eyesight like me, the small print more it more difficult to read. I'm thinking of getting magnified reading glasses, so the small print won't really be an issue for me. The reason I gave the book 5 stars is because I think this book contains very profound and very human and kind content, and makes me feel and think. One of the best modern poets in my opinion, and he's honest, knows the problems of life, yet endured and gave us poetry that can help us on our way to transformation.