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Never-ending Story (original 1985; edition 1984)

by Michael Ende

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Title:Never-ending Story
Authors:Michael Ende
Info:G. K. Hall & Company (1984), Edition: Large type edition, Hardcover, 592 pages
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Rating:*****
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The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (1985)

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There was a point where this story really seemed to never end. For that reason alone I give it four stars. It was much better than the movie in many ways. I would love to see it remade by someone who cares about the book. ( )
  teeney | Mar 14, 2014 |
Some mild spoilers below

This has been one of my favorite books since I was a child. It's a wonderful narrative for those of us who grew up immersed in books - it gave us the hope that someday we'd be able to jump into the story ourselves, and wasn't that what we'd always wanted? I know there are a lot of people out there who dislike the second half of the book, which is basically Bastian's rebuilding of fantastic, but I think it's a really important commentary about how lost in the story someone can become. We're all desperate to change those things we dislike about ourselves and the book helps Bastian to do that. It does prove itself to be somewhat detrimental, since he forgets who he was originally, while he's in Fantastica, but I do believe the ending resolves that.

All in all, I think this book is really great for children with all the action and adventure, but it's also wonderful for adults to go back and see the subtler points, while reliving that innocence and adventure from their youth. ( )
  morgtini | Feb 25, 2014 |
The Neverending Story by Michael is an exciting fantasy adventure story about a young boy who comes across a magical book. As he starts to read the book he begins to suspect that there is something very strange about it and the more he reads the more he quite literally gets sucked into the story. This is one of my favorite books of all time and I think I enjoy it only slightly less as an adult than I did as a child. What I love about this book isn't just the story, but the book itself which is a work of art. The book is printed in two colors to help differentiate between what is happening with the main character and what is going on in the book he is reading. There are also beautiful illustrations at the beginning of each chapter. I know some editions are in black and white so I would recommend finding a color version to get the full experience. This book is geared towards children/young adults but I think other adults will enjoy it as much as I did especially if they enjoy stories such as Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and The Chronicles of Narnia. ( )
  Kythe42 | Feb 17, 2014 |
I read it a long long tim ago, this was one of my favorites when i was little. A complete fantasy world, nice story, funny...just a nice book to read. ( )
  Farore | Feb 7, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ende, Michaelprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Basoli, AntonioIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kyrö, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manheim, RalphTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pandolfi, AminaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quadflieg, RoswithaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This inscription could be seen on the glass door of a small shop, but naturally this was only the way it looked if you were inside the dimly lit shop, looking out at the street through the plateglass door.
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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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