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Never-ending Story by Michael Ende

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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The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (1985)

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This book is definitely better than the movie that scarred and traumatised my childhood (which, incidentally, only tells half of the book's story). It definitely has a German quality to it, though. There are lots of characters introduced at a time, and while this feels normal in the beginning of the book, it becomes a drag in the last third, where I at least felt like I had figured out the gist of what was to come and wondered how long it was going to take the author to get us to it. This won't be an all time favourite, but the plot makes for a pretty clever idea overall. ( )
  quaintlittlehead | Nov 22, 2014 |
1.) Bastian is the main character who is extremely lonely but comes across an odd book that drew him into another world. Only a human can save this magical place called Fantastica to get to the Empress. He has to go through a long journey and adventures with monsters, dragons, monsters and so much more. The further he travels the more it seems he may not be able to return back to where he came from.

2.) This book is another favorite and Classic in my opinion. I love books that take me out of my element and has your mind running wild. This book is probably geared towards school age kids which would be a great read due to all of the adventure and twists and turns. I love that this book was written years and years ago but can still be read today or read more than once and still brings so much joy and excitement to the reader and audience.

3.) The classroom idea I would use for this particular book would be a group or partner activities. Journal entries and group discussion & feedback on what they is happening & what they may happen in the rest of the book. ( )
  ashpoe | Oct 26, 2014 |
The Neverending Story is great. If you love reading, and are ever sad when you get to the end, this book is for you. ( )
  Ambo_O | Oct 21, 2014 |
I've had this in my to-read pile for years. The movie is a childhood favorite of mine. Finally, I decided to rad through on an airplane trip. I downed most of it in one sitting.

The most noteworthy thing is that the movie's script only uses about the first 200 pages of the book, so less than half. The screen version is fairly faithful to it. Now, here's the thing: I could never stomach more than a few minutes of the sequel movie. The vibe of it just felt WRONG to me, like it shattered the beautiful dream of the first movie. The latter part of the book felt the same way to me—maybe it's a faithful adaptation, too? I can't say. Bastian in Fantastica just feels weird, and he becomes a worse and worse person on his journey, which is annoying. I found myself skimming more as I was anxious to finish the book and move on.

I think if I read this as a kid, it might have even turned me off of the movie that I loved. Tainted it somehow because of the full plot arc. So I'm glad I read this when I was older, but it's definitely a book that is going back in the trade-in pile. ( )
  ladycato | Aug 1, 2014 |
Bastian is an unhappy little boy. His mother is dead and his father has been emotionally distant ever since the tragedy, to the point where young Bastian believes the man would not even notice if Bastian disappeared. He is picked on at school for being a wimp, and he gets bad grades because he's always daydreaming.

The one and only thing Bastian is good at it is his imagination - he's always reading or creating new fantasy worlds and stories of his own. When he steals a beautiful old silk-bound book with two snakes on the cover, one light and one dark, he has found the perfect book for him - the Neverending Story.

The world of Fantastica is in danger, being eaten away by the Nothing and the divine Childlike Empress is deathly ill. If she dies, all of Fantastica will perish with her, but if she lives Fantastica will be saved. She sends for Atreyu of the Grass People and everyone believes he must surely be a fabulous warrior, but he is just a young boy, like Bastian.

Atreyu is entrusted with the magical pendant the A U R Y N - or the glory - a symbol of the Childlike Empress - and sent on a quest to discover the cure for her illness. Along the way he befriends a luck dragon named Falkor, passes through three gates to speak to the Southern Oracle, a singing voice, witnesses a battle between elemental giants, is lost on an abandoned island of the vampires and attacked by a werewolf!

Atreyu's fantastic adventures are all in the hopes of getting Bastian, the human boy reading the book, involved in the adventure, because only a human can give the Childlike Empress a new name and save Fantastica. In the second half of the novel, Bastian finds himself trapped in Fantastic. For him, the A U R Y N grants wishes and the inscription Do What You Wish appears on the back.

However, wishes are tricky things, often more subconscious than conscious and always with a price. Bastian's travels around Fantastica - in which he gets to be everything he always wanted - handsome, strong, wise - are a powerful meditation on identity and love and how we often bury our own deepest wishes so that we don't even know them.

The Neverending Story enchanted me from start to finish. Beautifully written, with fantastic worlds and creatures, it put me in mind of L Frank Baum's Oz books and Lewis Carroll's Alice books. But even more than that, it's a great, almost meta, commentary on the importance of books, stories and imagination as well as a thoughtful examination of identity, human desires and the power of love for your family.

The most haunting part for me, though, was the The City of the Old Emperors for the chilling implications of what has happened to Bastian's predecessors, humans who stumbled into Fantastica.

One of the BEST books I have ever read. ( )
2 vote catfantastic | Jun 29, 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
Nieuwenhuizen, Johan vanTranslatorsecondary 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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