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Michael Ende (1929–1995)

Author of The Neverending Story

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About the Author

Children's author Michael Andreas Helmuth Ende was born on November 12, 1929 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He worked as an actor, director, film critic and scriptwriter before turning to writing children's books. He was the only child of the surrealist painter Edgar Ende. His best known work show more is The Neverending Story (1979), which was adapted into a film and two sequels. Another book, Jim Knopf and Lukas the Engine, was made into both a television and radio series. Ende died in Germany on August 29, 1995. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Michael Ende

The Neverending Story (1983) — Author — 11,740 copies
Momo (1973) — Author — 3,855 copies
The Night of Wishes (1989) 931 copies
The Mirror in the Mirror (1984) 365 copies
Jim Button and the Wild 13 (1962) 325 copies
The Prison of Freedom (1992) 121 copies
Das Gauklermärchen (1901) 94 copies
Ophelia's Shadow Theatre (1732) 65 copies
The Dream Eater (1978) 61 copies
Lenchens Geheimnis (1991) 53 copies
El espejo en el espejo (1993) 30 copies
Filemon Faltenreich (1984) 25 copies
Der Teddy und die Tiere (1901) 21 copies
Das Michael Ende Lesebuch. (1995) 12 copies
Das Schnurpsenbuch (1969) 12 copies
Das kleine Lumpenkasperle (1975) 11 copies
El Goggolori (1984) 7 copies
Fiabe e favole (1997) 7 copies
Momo. 3 CDs (2005) 7 copies
Die Rüpelschule (2002) 5 copies
Mein Lesebuch. (1983) 3 copies
Lyseslukkerne (1967) 3 copies
Worte wie Träume (1991) 3 copies
Theaterstücke (1999) 2 copies
Die Schattennähmaschine (1982) 2 copies
Lirum Larum Willi Warum (1978) 2 copies
Poveste fără sfârşit (2005) 2 copies
Momo 1 copy
Estuche Jim Boton (1901) 1 copy
Das Schnurpsenbuch — Author — 1 copy
Jim Nasturel 1 copy
Η μόμο 1 copy
Ich lese selbst (2013) 1 copy
Ich lese gern (2014) 1 copy

Associated Works

The NeverEnding Story [1984 film] (1984) — Original book — 542 copies
The Neverending Story II - The Next Chapter [1990 film] (1989) — Original book — 132 copies
Celebrate Cricket: 30 Years of Stories and Art (2003) — Contributor — 43 copies
Ich schenk dir eine Geschichte 1997 (1997) — Contributor — 7 copies
Neues vom Rumpelstilzchen und andere Haus-Märchen von 43 Autoren (1981) — Contributor, some editions — 5 copies


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3.5 stars

A very original story in which the main character enters the book he's reading. The world-building is unusual, also, in that with every chapter, the area of Fantastica contains different creatures and feels like a completely new place. As a child, I would have loved this variety and imagination. As an adult, I wished some of these places and characters were more fleshed out.

The writing is a bit flowery at times, as if the author was trying too hard, though most kids surely won't have a problem with that.

There were some themes I can't get behind, such as that good and evil cannot exist without the other, that they are equal.
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RachelRachelRachel | 220 other reviews | Nov 21, 2023 |
I read this in the mid-80's, after the movie and song came out, and again this year for a book challenge. I remember not feeling very connected to it then and I can see why now: there is a piling-on of characters, peoples, and adventures in Fantastica that seems over-done. This may be in part because every chapter begins with a different letter of the alphabet, and Ende has to keep the story moving.

While the first half of the book is Bastien's adventures getting the book, reading the book, and Atreyu's journey, the second half, starting with the letter "M," goes into Bastien's decisions and wishes and his darker side. The idea that a children's book would start by taking the child into the realm of Fantastica, save the Childlike Empress, encounter different beings and lands, then delve into what happens when one makes selfish decisions is a good one.

Probably a book that should be a bed-time read for a young person, pre-Tween years, conveying the wonder of Fantastica and lots of creatures with the teaching of what happens when we wish for bad things and act out of selfishness.
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threadnsong | 220 other reviews | Sep 23, 2023 |
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. 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 | 220 other reviews | Aug 3, 2023 |
Well the first half of the book is really great. Adventure! Daring! It is a fantastic ride. The second half of the book is super boring. I get that it's supposed to be an inner journey, a complement to the first half's outer journey, but what a snoozefest.
blueskygreentrees | 220 other reviews | Jul 30, 2023 |



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