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The Neverending Story | [Michael Ende]

The Neverending Story

In this classic fantasy novel from author Michael Ende, 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. 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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In this classic fantasy novel from author Michael Ende, 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.

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.

©1979 Thienemann Verlag (Thienemann Verlag GmbH), Stuttgart/Vienna (P)2012 Tantor

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    jonathan Clark 05-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "You've Only Ever Heard HALF of the Story!"

    Anyone with a Love for the Fantastical and Quixotic realms of Childlike Fairytales will Love this novel, and ask themselves how So Much could have gotten Left behind for So Very Long. Having grown up with the film version I Thought I knew what the story was all about, and which characters were involved, but with the novel version in hand I come to realise the depth and complexity of nuance which I missed.

    While much of youth oriented fiction can suffer from a lack of dynamism and depth, only occasionally surpassed in a form worthy of repetition and continuity between the generations, This Book has joined the rather short list of books I think would be Imperative to read to my future children every night around the ages of 8 to 10 years old...
    While the characters can seem simplistic in their catagories at first, time and again each presumption of simplicity is destroyed.

    I often judge my most favorite Fantasy on that, and one other main point. I look for characters and situations not presented as cliche and shallow composition, and I have a particular interest and personal metric of the quality of an author by looking to the Names Chosen for each 'imaginary part'... Ironically, the second metric is not only satisfied, but proven in some ways integral to the story itsself.

    In fact, the whole of the story reaches a level and depth of alagory and symbolism which not only demands rereading, but feels continually expositional in a way I think all the Best Fantasy does.

    While I am continually disappointed that (American) film adaptations continually fail to depict Describedly and Integrally necessary 'frumpy characters' as main characters in their stories, (Somebody get me a cutesy child star!) certain other aspects are evocatively presented, and I found myself returning to their itterations for other characters...
    for the first half of the book...

    I am left to wonder if there was some Intention to continue the story later, a total abandonment of the second part's alagory, or if Peter Jackson just hasn't heard of it yet...
    Lets hope it can, at least for this preciously short period, still continue to be a Truely Unique Find, and a Powerful Mutual Experience between parents and their children, or young readers stumbling upon the novel in passing...

    Among the Best of young fiction, and a powerfully evocative departure from the formulaic tolkienian, or rowlingnian method otherwise dominant currently...
    I love each new take and each evocative result and This is certainly Among the Best!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James MILLEDGEVILLE, GA, United States 08-28-13
    James MILLEDGEVILLE, GA, United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "So much better than the movie"
    If you could sum up The Neverending Story in three words, what would they be?

    Story is so much more than the movie. Until you have read the full story, you cannot say you have fully enjoyed the Never Ending Story.


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    dan lower burrell, PA, United States 02-25-14
    dan lower burrell, PA, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprised i liked the movie more..."
    What did you like best about The Neverending Story? What did you like least?

    First time I have ever thought the movie was deeper than the book! Had trouble getting through it. The narration was somewhat annoying. The volume went up and down a lot and I had to keep adjusting.
    Worth a listen to I guess. A solid story. Just not what I was expecting I guess!


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    Mike's Newark, Ohio 07-16-13
    Mike's Newark, Ohio 07-16-13 Member Since 2001
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    In parts the volume was to low and as I drive I have to fumble with the controls. Besides that Great book.

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