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ISBN:0848813065
Author: Michael Ende
ISBN13: 978-0848813062
Title: Neverending Story
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Language: English
Category: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Publisher: Amereon Limited (December 1, 1976)

Neverending Story by Michael Ende



Its special story within a story is an irresistible invitation for readers to become part of the book itself. The story begins with a lonely boy named Bastian and the strange book that draws him into the beautiful but doomed world of Fantastica. Only a human can save this enchanted place-by giving its ruler, the Childlike Empress, a new name. But the journey to her tower leads through lands of dragons, giants, monsters, and magic-and once Bastian begins his quest, he may never return.

The Neverending Story (German: Die unendliche Geschichte) is a fantasy novel by German writer Michael Ende, first published in 1979. An English translation, by Ralph Manheim, was first published in 1983. The novel was later adapted into several films. The book centers on a boy, Bastian Balthazar Bux, a small and strange child who is neglected by his father after the death of Bastian's mother.

It solidifies Michael Ende's belief that every book is a neverending story, and that books engender other stories and so on and so on. Furthermore, for a reader who might become somewhat nervous and apprehensive when reading exciting or frightening tales, the fact that the author claims that there will be more (future) tales of Fantastica, gives a comforting (but spoiler-less) reassurance that Fantastica will survive, that the nothing (the emptiness) will not succeed in utterly destroying fantasy and the realms of the fantastical. And as such, Michael Ende's The Neverending Story also harkens back very strongly and stridently to the German Enlightenment, to the era of the Aufkläriung, where part of the main thematics was a striving for moderation, for the middle road, for a combination of reality and fantasy, with reality being enhanced with and by fantasy and fantasy being tempered with and by.

The Neverending story is a famous children and young’s novel by Michael Ende. It was published in 1979 and it brought the author worldwide success. It was such a success that Wolfgang Petersen made a movie adaption in 1984 and then it was one of the most expensive German cinematography movie. The world of which the author speaks is well described. Except for the magical creatures it contains its own rules. The story is based upon the struggle of good and evil. Bastian was intrigued by the book the owner was reading. It was printed in two colors, with no pictures and two snakes who bit each other were on the cover. The book’s title was NeverEnding story. Bastian adored books so he had to have this one. While the owner was on the phone he hid the book under his coat and sneaked out of the bookshop. As soon as he walked out he felt guilty.

The Neverending story is one of those films that truly made a major difference to my childhood. Though I was too young to watch it upon its first 1984 release, my junior school showed it in 1987 or so when I was five (I had a very nice junior school). I remember it distinctly as one of the films that really scared me, but at the same time equally fascinated. Plot wise the elements that made the film unique are all very much present, albeit the film takes up quite literally the first half of the novel. A young boy, Bastian Balthazar Bux is chased by bullies into a book shop where he steals a book called The Neverending story.

Michael Ende - The Neverending Story (colored text, illustrated) (html)/The Neverending Story - Coloure. THIS EPIC WORK of the imagination has captured the hearts of millions of readers worldwide since it was first published more than a decade ago. Its special story within a story is an irresistible invitation for readers to become part of the book itself. The story begins with a lonely boy named Bastian and the strange book that draws him into the beautiful but doomed world of Fantastica

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A mysterious book fascinates young Bastian: The Neverending Story. Full of enthusiasm, he takes part in the adventures of its hero Atreyu and in his dangerous mission: He is supposed to save the dreamland Phantásia and its sovereign the Childlike Empress. Soon, however, Bastian must realise that he is more than an uninvolved spectator. A fairytale novel for children and adults which up to this day has lost none of its fascination or unrivalled success.

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Read the book that inspired the classic coming-of-age film before it's back onscreen in select theaters this September! From award-winning German author Michael Ende, The Neverending Story is a classic tale of one boy and the book that magically comes to life.  When Bastian happens upon an old book called The Neverending Story, he's swept into the magical world of Fantastica--so much that he finds he has actually become a character in the story! And when he realizes that this mysteriously enchanted world is in great danger, he also discovers that he is the one chosen to save it. Can Bastian overcome the barrier between reality and his imagination in order to save Fantastica? "An instantaneous leap into the magical . . . Energetic, innovative, and perceptive"—The Washington Post "A trumpet blast for the imagination."—Sunday Times
Reviews: 7
Vutaur
NO SPOILERS!!! My husband first read this book in German, while living in Germany. He had seen the movie when he was little and thought the book might be as entertaining. Well not only was it entertaining, but it was so much better than the movie. He loved the book so much that he bought an English version for me and told me that I had to read it. This book is unlike anything else I've ever read, its a story within a story. The magical world that Michael Ende creates is captivating. The characters are well thought out, and it's hard not to fall in love with them. We are now reading this to our little children and they are enjoying it just as much as we did. I highly recommend reading this story, by yourself, or to your children.
Goldfury
First of all, please don’t judge this book on its movies. The book is split into two movies. While I liked the first movie (which was close to the book), I thought the second movie (which wasn’t close at all) was a bit of a joke. I also felt like Bastian in the movie was almost useless, and I wanted a better conclusion.

The book is a completely different matter. Never before have I cared so much about a character in a book. Bastian is a self-conscious, unpopular kid who makes up stories all the time and wants nothing more than to escape the humdrum of life to live in fantasy. I was exactly the same as a kid, and I read every fantasy book I could get my hands on. When I couldn’t find the story I wanted, I made it up. Sometimes, I wanted to hug Bastian, and sometimes I wanted to smack his stupid face, because he could be such an idiot, but he just wanted to help everyone.

My favorite part, and the one that made me care about him, was when Bastian said that he didn’t like books that tried to convince him that it was real; he wanted pure fantasy. Life was full of humdrum. Nobody understood why I never read anything but fantasy, and the less believable, the more I wanted to get lost in it. And that is exactly what this book gave me. It is absolutely, utter fantasy. It’s a journey.

I liked Atreyu as well, as he is consistently brave and heroic, yet mortal, throughout. There wasn’t a single character or creature that I thought was unnecessary or underplayed. I disliked a number of them, but they made the story better. The writing was excellent, especially for a book translated from German. The scenes were well-done.

The narrator did this book justice. Except for Atreyu and Bastian, I could always tell everyone apart. Again, there were voices I didn’t like, but that was because of the characters/creatures themselves. He even did the rhyming, poetry, and singing better than I’ve ever heard from an audiobook. Fortunately, there was no music in the background. There were some times when the characters were whispering when I had to sit there with my thumb on the volume rocker, turning it up and down, but the story was just too good to let that bother me.

Overall, in the top ten books I’ve ever read in my entire life. It doesn’t matter if this book is meant for children, because it reminds me of the utter freedom I felt when I was a child and discovered a masterpiece of fantasy.
BlackBerry
This is such a weird book. So far beyond the movie. The movie ends maybe a third of the way into the book, and then the book just gets super weird and meanders through some possibly unnecessary terrain. It's trippy and vaguely psychedelic. It's an interesting look at loneliness, and at jealousy and ego and the various negative sides to personality. And it both praises and critiques creativity and imagination (the dark side of which is suspiciously missing from the film version). There's a certain amount of philosophy and metaphor that can be drawn from this, if you're looking for it.
Olma
The story is fantastic and even though its vocabulary and the narrative is truly intended for older kids my 6 year old daughter asks me to read it to her every night. I consider this a must read book for everyone.
About this edition. Priced under what a medium latte goes for these days, this is a very affordable edition so I can't complain. It's light and the cover has a nice texture to it. However, the low price comes at the cost of the dual color printing of the original edition (as the story unfolds in both the real world and Fantastica, the original had green letters for one world and reddish letters for the other world, so having all black letters takes a bit away from the atmosphere). Ultimately there is no real harm done and black lettering may be better for some eyes; but if the colored printing is important for you, look at another edition.
Arlelond
Reading this with my kids. It is kind of philosophical for the little ones but they can follow because they loved the movies . Good to share this which i loved myself when i was young with my children. I think it is important to expose kids to higher reading levels to challenge and expand their boundaries. Beautifully written.
Ygglune
I read this book in high school, but it was a newer edition that didn't have colored text. It was a fantastic book then, but reading this first edition was an absolute joy. It makes the book much more dynamic and easier on the eyes when it switches between reality and fantasy. Additionally, the illustrations for the first letter of each chapter are amazingly detailed and beautiful (better than the cover art, too). Don't judge this edition by its cover, just read it.

Now, as far as the actual book as it is to read...you probably already know the basic story from the first couple of movies. I'm happy to say that, as per usual, the book is MUCH better than the movie. You even get more story than what you can find from those movies, which makes this book even better!
Ghile
Spoiler alert, the book does have an ending...
This was one of my favourite books as a kid, and I re-read it to my son recently. Still a very colourful book with a few unexpected twists along the way. Definitely something different - my son was quite shocked at the actions of the protagonist at points, and came away questioning "who is the hero?" , so it really made him think about how stories are told. It's a good book with an interesting message, even if some plot points seem to go off randomly (and sometimes unfulfillingly).