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Nekonečný příběh by Michael Ende
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Nekonečný příběh (original 1985; edition 2006)

by Michael Ende, Eva Pátková, František Skála (Illustrator)

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Member:adno
Title:Nekonečný příběh
Authors:Michael Ende
Other authors:Eva Pátková, František Skála (Illustrator)
Info:Praha : Albatros, 2006
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, fantasy, borrowed, from martin, czech translation, german lit, read 2012

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I remember reading Momo, also by Michael Ende, when I was a kid and enjoying it. I'd never read the Neverending Story (though, of course, I'd seen the movie – which was so inaccurate that it inspired Ende to sue Hollywood, apparently).
The Neverending Story is a kind of "Pilgrims Progress" of children's fantasy. (I have a feeling that if I were more familiar with the details of "A Pilgrim's Progress," I'd notice that Ende is actually commenting on the theology of that book – the basic similarities are obvious.)With the aid of a magical book (which he stole), the unattractive and cowardly boy Bastian travels to a realm of fantasy, and goes on a quest. In this land, through his travels, he becomes unrecognizable – now brave, handsome and powerful. However, the cost is the loss of his memory and identity.
The book is very philosophical and allegorical, and has that old-fashioned (lack of) structure where it jumps from one fantastic episode to the next as the hero (?) travels through the land....
I have to admit, although the book was interesting, I was not overly enthralled by it. I think ‘Momo' was much better. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I have always loved watching the movie so I finally decided to read the book. Wow! The movie is really good and the book is even better. ( )
1 vote Erika.D | Jan 28, 2016 |
Liked this, but it just wasn't compelling enough for me to make time for it. Read 200 pages, moving on.

Quotes

"You don't feel a thing. There's just something missing. And once it gets hold of you, something more is missing every day. Soon there won't be anything left of us." (48)

"When it comes to controlling human beings there is no better instrument than lies." (133)

He never stopped believing in mysteries and miracles. (134)

"Oh, the world is full of things you don't see." (The Childlike Empress to Atreyu, 156)

You wish for something, you've wanted it for years, and you're sure you want it, as long as you know you can't have it. But if all at once it looks as though your wish might come true, you suddenly find yourself wishing you had never wished for any such thing. (Bastian, 176)
1 vote JennyArch | Nov 30, 2015 |
A lonely boy named Bastian finds a strange book that draws him into the beautiful but doomed world of Fantastica, a place that can only be saved by a human giving its ruler, the Childlike Empress, a new name. I really wish this challenge included the whole 2015 year -- I read The Rabbit-Back Literature Society about two months ago, and it was fantastic. The Neverending Story hit many of my least-favorites all at once. The journey, it was long, it was wide, it was about an inch deep. I am too old for this book, because I don’t deal well with skimming, and skimming is all this book does. I found it incredibly superficial -- but I wish I had an eight year old to read it to.
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  lyrrael | Oct 17, 2015 |
Don't be fooled. The movie The Neverending Story only covers about one-third of the novel. I was reading this aloud to my kids, and we got to the part that I remember from my hundreds of childhood viewings of the movie as being pretty much the end of the story and then the thing just kept going and going and going. Luckily my kids haven't seen the movie yet so they had no sense of the book going past the ending.

Overall, my kids loved this book, and I quite liked it. I was surprised at how into it they were and how much detail they retained just listening to the book.

I do wonder, is the religious symbolism intentional? I suppose the idea of being re-created as something new and whole isn't necessarily religious, but the way Ende goes about it seems to really lean in that direction, and I wonder if it was a C.S. Lewis-type situation, or if the religious symbolism was just coincidence. I'll probably Google it next time I want to procrastinate doing something I'm supposed to be doing. ( )
1 vote ImperfectCJ | Sep 23, 2015 |
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Ende, Michaelprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Basoli, AntonioIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kyrö, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manheim, RalphTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nieuwenhuizen, Johan vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Then, through the pages of an ancient, mysterious book, he discovers the enchanted world of Fantastica, and only Bastian himself can save the fairy people who live there.

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Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill.

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